THE OKAVANGO DELTA
Formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the Kalahari basin, the Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over 10 563 square miles. Trapped in the arid Kalahari sands, it’s a magnet for the teeming wildlife that depends on its life-nourishing waters. Rising in the highlands of central Angola, the Okavango River flows about 1 600 km southeast across the Caprivi Strip to form the Okavango basin in the Kalahari. Described as “the river which never finds the sea”, the river disappears into a maze of lagoons, channels, and islands to form its signature fan shape in north-western Botswana.
Its scale and sheer magnificence helped the Okavango Delta secure a listing as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, which were officially declared on February 11 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania and on June 22 2014, the world’s largest inland delta was officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 2019 has been the driest year the Okavango has experienced in almost 9 decades. Water levels depend greatly on the rains coming out of Angola.