Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Okavango Delta -- A Haven and a Magnet for Wildlife

Introduction :

Unlike other sweet water rivers in Africa, the Okavango does not enter any ocean on its 1,000 KM plus journey from its source in the Mountains of Angola to where it spills all over into a vast wetland like region further in the interior of Northern Botswana.

Around 90 % of the waters in the Okavango Delta, evaporate and are continuously replaced by annual rainy weather in the Angolan Mountains and also much further south in Botswana.

The Delta's Wetlands spread over 28,000 square kilometres all in the heart of the extremely hot and dry Kalahari Desert.

The annual floods which occur when it is dry in the Okavango Delta attract wild denizens from far and close specially migrating Savannah Bush Elephant Herds and various herds of Zebra from neighbouring African Countries which share a border with Botswana.

From what is happening at the Okavango Delta Year in and Year Out -- countless species of animals depend on this water source.

The various channels and islands that comprise the vast Okavango Delta are a veritable stronghold of Wild Denizens specially Mammals.

The large patchwork of islands, channels, and Floodplains of the Okavango Delta are a seasonal refuge for thousands and thousands of Elephants, Buffaloes, Wildebeests, and various kinds of Antelopes.

The Okavango Delta was recently named as an outstanding World Heritage Site. This is a great achievement for Botswana's Natural History.

The Okavango Delta is truly one of the last sanctuaries for Mammalian Wildlife on the African Continent.

It is quite usual to see Giraffes dashing between islands in the Okavango Delta as is the case with Herds of Wild Buffaloes.

It is important to state here that the waterways, lagoons, and islands that comprise the Okavango Delta are a perfect habitat for large groups of Hippos.

Moremi Game Reserve which comprises 40 % of the Okavango Delta is home to the Big Five -- namely Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, and Buffalo.

Rhinos in particular are making their presence felt in the Okavango Delta.

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