Kalahari Desert of Africa is a harsh place, a large semi-arid, sandy savannah, stretched across an area of 9, 00,000 square kilometres. This harsh landscape also hides a unique natural secret, a phenomena which demonstrates the life giving properties of water on our planet.
The Okavango Delta, often referred to as the “Jewel of Kalahari”, is a stunning place to view the highest concentration of wildlife in Botswana during the annual flooding of the inland Okavango River and its large inland delta, changing the dry, semi-arid landscape of Kalahari into a lush green, watery and serene region abundant with migratory birds and animals.
As the heavy rains pelt the Angolan Highlands, water starts to seep into the Okavango River which forms a trails of channels, riverines, lakes and close to 150,000 islands, transforming an area of 15,000 square kilometres into a water kingdom. It is home to zebras, hippos, impalas, lions, leopards and the world’s largest population of African elephants, all jostling for a space in this beautiful inland delta.
Included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, Okavango is the mainstay of Botswana’s tourism. Several eco lodges, licensed guides and boatmen makes the journey a memorable affair. As the water began to recedes, the migrant animals began to leave and the landscape soon turns to the usual semi-arid dry land and awaits for the next year’s annual rainfall, which once again springs the Okavango Delta back to its life.