Okavango Delta introduction,Botswana

 

The Okavango Delta is one off Mother Nature’s marvelous masterpieces. Far away, in the highlands off Angola, the Okavango River meanders it’s way south. Being fed by many other side streams and rivers, it is Africa’s third largest river. Following the so called ‘panhandle’ and being cut off by the ‘Thamalakane fold’, it eventually floods the Kalahari plains in Botswana. Central Africa is a platonic hotspot, that shapes the terrain. Eventually, the Okavango river will change its flow.

Dry and arid land in Moremi National  Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Dry and arid land in Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

It takes about 5 months for the flood waters to arrive, right in the height off the dry season. Nature’s genius. 6000 square kilometers are permanently covered with water. In the flood season, the size triples to up 18000 square kilometers. It is the only inland river delta in the world, creating one off the most prolific wildlife bonanzas. In the dry season, animals emerge from the Kalahari and Namib desert. Wandering grazers like wilderbeast return on their annual migration in the wet season.

Feeding and drinking in once near Third bridge campground, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Feeding and drinking in once near Third bridge campground, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

A lifeline for animals migrating from thousands of miles far away, whilst stationary animals adopted to these challenging conditions.

Tourist hotspot,, Chobe River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Tourist hotspot,, Chobe River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Human kind adopted to tourism meanwhile.

Good friends in arms, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Good friends in arms, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Claudio accidentally overbooked his convoy by one person months ago, that is exactly were I fitted in. Being slightly horrified joining a 13 car convoy, there were some beneficial aspects. Having booked campsites and travel through National Park permissions was a bonus. These are often booked out in advance and hard to come by. As we found out, most are booked in advance by travel agents to keep a spot open for possible business. The fact that most campgrounds were empty speaks for itself.

Passing termite mounds and trees on our way to Linyanti, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Passing termite mounds and trees on our way to Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Traversing the Okavango Delta from the northern edge in Kasane through ‘Chobe’ and ‘Moremi National Parks’, to arrive in Maun 4 days and 3 nights later.

Particularly the Northern edge off the Okavango Delta was extremely sandy, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Particularly the Northern edge off the Okavango Delta was extremely sandy, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Too much sand and

Crossing a sidearm off the Kwai River was adrenaline pumping, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Crossing a sidearm off the Kwai River was adrenaline pumping, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

too much water in various places made this adventure a real test for human and mechanical endurance.

Crawling under Zimba’s hood, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Crawling under Zimba’s hood, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

A challenge with unforgettable memories of Mother Nature’s spectacular display and friendship within families and a stranger.

Helping and being helped, the off-road rules, Savuti, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Helping and being helped, the off-road rules, Savuti, Okavango Delta, Botswana

This is personally my biggest challenge so far – to describe my experience with this Italian convoy, as well as on how to describe and select many spectacular wildlife and landscape photos. I was somewhat surprised on how well this large group of fiery Italians interacted, expecting the odd argument to break out. That never happened.

Patiently waiting, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Patiently waiting, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

 

Even when car issues arises, the ones that could helped, other patiently waited for the problem to be solved.

Italian closeness, Kalahari desert, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Italian closeness, Kalahari desert, Okavango Delta, Botswana

On camping spots, they always grouped together as tight as possible.

Discussion about shite, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Discussion about shite, Okavango Delta, Botswana

There were always group alternatives found. I set up camp a little bit further away if possible. Another astonishing fact was that wildlife is rather placid and are used to human interactions. These gave way to some incredible close up encounters and photo opportunities. Add water, mud or dry, dusty sand to the picture, the scenes unfolded were just spectacular. I was lucky enough to be at the right spot at the right time many times. 

Elephants and water, just magic, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephants and water, just magic, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephants again showed up plentiful in different and playful scenarios.

A leopard surprised me whilst having coffee, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

A leopard surprised me whilst having coffee, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

A leopard finally appeared in front off my lens.

Giraffe close up, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Giraffe close up, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

I got up close and personal with playful Giraffes,

Monkey youngsters, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Monkey youngsters, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

plenty off Monkeying around

Classic zebra crossing practice with mum, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Classic zebra crossing practice with mum, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

and Zebra crossings, off course.

A spoonbill scouting the waters, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

A spoonbill scouting the waters, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

The bird life here is just as plenty full.

The Guinea Fowl, Africa’s wild chicken, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Guinea Fowl, Africa’s wild chicken, Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

From stalking waders to excited wild chickens.

Eye in the sky, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Eye in the sky, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Not to mention the unforgettable cry off the fish eagle.

Sunset over the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Sunset over the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

As were breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Made even better with an elephant in the picture.

Elephantastic sunset, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephantastic sunset, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Made even better with an elephant in the picture.

One of many Lagoons and swamps, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

One of many Lagoons and swamps, Kwai Region, Okavango Delta, Botswana

The landscape changed quickly and dramatically. Driving along a green riverbed or lagoon, just a few kilometres onwards,

Spectacular Kalahari scenes, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Spectacular Kalahari scenes, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

I was in dry and dusty territory once more. So many impressions, so many photos, quite outstanding. Watching and taking photos of these fairly tame but wild animals, I noticed some interesting facts on behaviour. I therefore will describe each day as well as  add a special feature on my favourite animal shots. 

2 thoughts on “Okavango Delta introduction,Botswana

  1. Aah, so you discovered the unspoken code of the serious 4×4 enthusiast, one that traverses culture, country and race! And a nice surprise with your elusive leopard at last 😀

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