Okavango Delta Wildlife
Here, the vastness of Africa’s heartland allows you the headspace to let your dreams take flight on the wings of the majestic African Fish Eagle. Their haunting cry will remain with you long after you return home, a reminder of your sweet, refreshing time.
The Okavango Delta is a unique natural phenomenon – rainfall in the distant Angolan highlands travels downstream, reaching the flat plains of Botswana, where the river fans out and then disappears beneath the sands, creating a lush inland delta amid this otherwise arid country. Therefore, the annual flooding of the Kalahari basin attracts huge wildlife populations. In addition, as the waters rise, animals are forced in ever greater concentrations onto the islands and remaining open plains around the waterways. You may encounter lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and large packs of African wild dogs. The area supports the continent’s largest concentration of elephants and buffalo, with huge herds lifting the dust, creating dramatic sunset scenes.
Hippos and crocodiles wallow in the deeper channels and lagoons. In addition to plentiful plains game (zebra, giraffe, warthog and antelope such as kudu, waterbuck, reedbuck and impala), you might encounter semi-aquatic antelopes, such as the red lechwe and sitatunga antelope species.
The area, a seasonal floodplain, is home to Africa’s iconic megafauna with a healthy population of lions following migratory herds of antelope and their more ambitious prey, revered megafauna elephants and buffalo. Leopards, the elusive, solitary hunters shadowed by opportunistic scavengers such as hyenas, also call this mystical floodplain home. They are masters of life in the margins.
The area is dedicated to rhino research to help restore a species under threat due to pressure on the population suffering from a bygone era of big game hunting and modern-day illegal poaching. While black and white rhinos co-exist in the Okavango Delta, it is rare to see them. Under constant surveillance by anti-poaching task teams and enjoy special protection by Rhino Conservation Botswana. Understanding that eco-tourism contributes to restoring their species is as vital as comforting. Vast areas of savanna grassland support cheetah
Marvel as joy sparks deep within, at first a whisper, then a roar, like the mighty lion’s, you can’t ignore.
The once-feared Big Five animals of Africa, pursued by trigger-happy trophy hunters, are now celebrated through photography.
These majestic creatures each occupy a vital place in the delicate ecology. They are now called the Iconic Five: elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos.
It’s truly a privilege to witness their majesty more peacefully and sustainably.
For avid birdwatchers, the Okavango Delta is one of the top birding destinations in Africa, with 482 recorded species. It is the largest wetland in southern Africa. It has a more excellent range of habitats than any other wetland in the region, hence the wide range of bird species. In addition to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the Okavango Delta is further recognised by UNESCO as an Important Bird Area, harbouring 24 species of globally threatened birds, including, among others, six species of Vulture, the Southern Ground-Hornbill, Wattled Crane and near-endemic Slaty Egret. Iconic Delta bird species such as the African Fish Eagle, Bateleur, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Yellow-billed Hornbill, Lilac-breasted Roller, and Lesser Jacana are plentiful. Various other wetland birds also occur, notably the Great White and Pink Backed Pelican species, 18 heron species, African Skimmer and African Pygmy Goose. Lucky birders might spot the elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl or White-backed Night Heron.
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