Thursday, July 21, 2011

Southern Africa by Air - Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta, in Botswana, is the world's largest inland delta. It is formed where the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in an endorheic basin in the Kalahari Desert, where most of the water is lost to evaporation and transpiration instead of draining into the sea. Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water irrigate the 15,000 km² area and some flood-waters drain into Lake Ngami. The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, spreads across the eastern side of the delta.

The Okavango is home to a prosperity of wildlife and attracts thousands of visitors a year. There are camps within the delta region that cater to these visitors.

The delta provides a seasonal habitat to numerous different species. Among these are African elephants, the African Buffalo, the Hippopotamus, the Lechwe, the Topi, the Blue Wildebeest, the Giraffe, the Nile crocodile, the Lion, the Cheetah, the Leopard, hyenas, wild dogs, the Greater Kudu, the Sable Antelope, both the Black and the White Rhinoceros, the water monitor, zebras, the Warthog and then chacma baboon. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle, the Crested Crane, and the Sacred Ibis.



18 comments:

  1. I love this blog and i find it depressing at the same time. I want to be there so bad, yet i dont know when i will be able to. Thanks for sharing this kind of stuff, this is my daily dose of wildlife :)

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  2. +1, GMSoccerPicks. Safaris are expensive, and the cheapest flight over to Africa from LAX (where I am at) costs like 2.5k bucks and is over 50 hours long! I'll enjoy this great blog while I save up. Yeah, watching a nice sunset in Africa is on the bucket list. Oh well. At least over the internet you don't have to deal with bugs and tsetse flys and hungry lions.

    Great video, I watched the first one to completion... my productivity has gone way down since! :P

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  3. what a unique place. and untouched my mankind :) a snapshot into true wild nature

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  4. Great videos! this delta is so incredible huge and there are so many animals

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  5. Sometimes the detail of such recordings makes me wonder how do pople do it... What kind of equipment they use?

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  6. Truly beautiful, untouched by man's filth.

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  7. My GF went to South Africa for 6 weeks this summer, and she is dragging me there sometime in the future. Whole place looks awesome.

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  8. I wish the earth had more places like this, still beautiful and natural. Soon we won't have any left :(

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  9. i wanna go. love africa, and esp. hot weather

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  10. Beautiful scenery and exotic animals. I wish I could see all of this up close and in person. Who knows, maybe someday I will. But until then, I'll be following your blog to get my nature fix. (:

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  11. This makes me want to go outdoors and explore the wild!

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  12. Amazing blog, great videos! Just shows you how amazing nature can be!

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  13. Beautiful country! I love seeing nature in its untouched form.

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  14. Updates man, i need my wildlife fix hahaha

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  15. So expensive to travel there trough safari but maybe you can chooose other alternatives.

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