The Okavango Delta is one of Botswana’s most prized natural wonders and is one of the main reasons people travel to Botswana. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is an incredible, vast, and stretching delta inlet that consists of swamplands and natural islands, affected by the seasonal flooding of the site and home to various wildlife and endangered species living within the wetland system. Cheetah, leopard, lion, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo, hyena, and many more can all be found living within the delta. Some of the most endangered species of animals live within the delta in large numbers including black and white rhinos as well as cheetah, lion,s and wild dogs.
The vegetation in the delta is lush and overflowing, as the swamplands consist of long papyrus reeds and flooded grasslands. Within the delta consists of hundreds of smaller islands, each a unique size and shape, with many sprouting sycamore trees, reeds, palms, and African mangosteen. As there are hundreds of bird species living within the delta, birding is a popular activity for visitors as well as fishing in the delta waters.
The Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. It's known for its sprawling grassy plains, which flood seasonally, becoming a lush animal habitat.
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The Delta is one of the world’s largest inland river systems and one of its most incredible wildlife sanctuaries. Perhaps most remarkable of all, is that this 15,000km2 wetland paradise is located deep within the Kalahari Desert. Each year, an influx of water from Angola, 1000km to the north, floods into the Delta to create this natural miracle, a patchwork of river channels, lagoons, islands and floodplains. The area is a magnet for birds and animals and sustains a vast variety of fauna and flora, making it the ideal safari destination at any time of the year.
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