Many of the river deltas in the world flow into the ocean or sea, but one of the delta in Okavango River in Botswana forms one on the most unique delta in the world. The feature is formed where the Okavango River reaches the central part of Kalahari desert and spread out filling the basin where it most water evaporates. In 2013, the delta secured a position as one of the seven natural wonders of the Africa.
Until the 20th century, it was unclear how the water level were raising and falling. Yearly it has been approximated that 11,000,000,000,000 litres of water flow into the delta. Most of the water evaporates and transpired by the surrounding plants. The seasonal flooding of Okavango river by the rainwater from Angola highlands flows into the delta making the waters stretch between 150-250kms.However the floods peaks come between June and August making the waters stretch two to three time. This flooding attracts Africa finest wildlife that travel from afar just to enjoy the plenty vegetation and prey.
Averagely, the Okavango delta is 15,000kms with a variation of only 2 metres in height. It’s an amazing home to a variety of wildlife. Seasonally, some of the wildlife follows the rains while others occupy the area year round. The area has less interference from humans and for tourist it is a wildlife haven. Some of the wildlife that may be encountered include: the big 5.variety of antelopes, Wild dogs, hyenas, giraffes, hippos and even monkeys. The Delta is also a sanctuary for over 400 species of birds making this a great destination for bird watchers as well. Some of the birds that may be encountered include the ostrich, African Fish Eagle, Crested Crane, Lilac-Breasted Roller, among many other astounding birds.
Some of the activities include Game drives, Safari walks, Bird watching, Boat cruises, Elephant Back Safari, Horse riding and photography. A journey to the Okavango Delta Africa’s natural wonder – deep into Africa’s untouched interior – is like no other.