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The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is the world's largest inland delta.

The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that mostly dried up by the early Holocene, except for seasonal flooding. Today, the Okavango River has no outlet to the sea. Instead, it empties onto the sands of the Kalahari Desert, irrigating 15,000 kmē of the desert. Each year some 11 cubic kilometres of water reach the delta. Some of this water reaches further south to Lake Ngami.

The waters of the Okavango Delta are subject to seasonal flooding, which begins about mid-summer in the north and six months later in the south (May/June). The water from the delta is evaporated relatively rapidly by the high temperatures, resulting in a cycle of cresting and dropping water in the south. Islands can disappear completely during the peak flood, then reappear at the end of the season.

Our lodge, Wilderness Tented Camp, near the Moremi National Park, was probably the most primitive of the camps where we stayed.
We Took Three Planes Down to the Delta, Two 5-Seaters and a 4-Seater
We Took Three Planes Down to the Delta, Two 5-Seaters and a 4-Seater
Can't Quite Make Out the Folks in the Other Plane
Can't Quite Make Out the Folks in the Other Plane
These Little Air Strips Popped Up Everywhere
These Little Air Strips Popped Up Everywhere
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Red Lechwe
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Well, We Are in the Delta
Well, We Are in the Delta
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Finally, a Paved Road
My Cabin
My Cabin
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The Main Dining Lodge
Saddle-billed Stork
Saddle-billed Stork
Saddle-billed Stork and a Red Lechwe
Saddle-billed Stork and a Red Lechwe
Blacksmith Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116124512.RCqoBS4E.jpg Black-backed Jackal
Black-backed Jackal
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116124517.oqXn3ZMv.jpg Waterbucks
Waterbucks
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116124523.PLNSyPoE.jpg Oxpecker Birds
Oxpecker Birds
Open Wide
Open Wide
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Waddled Cranes - An Endangered Species, and Rare to Find 6 Together
Waddled Cranes - An Endangered Species, and Rare to Find 6 Together
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Waddled Cranes
Zebra Crossing
Zebra Crossing
Hammerkop
Hammerkop
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Faster Mommy
This is the Way Giraffes Sleep.  Very Rare to See This.
This is the Way Giraffes Sleep. Very Rare to See This.
Love Those Ears
Love Those Ears
Praying for Food
Praying for Food
Full Moon in the Delta
Full Moon in the Delta
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f116124567.fSZfj6mx.jpg Yellow-billed Hornbill
Yellow-billed Hornbill
Couldn't Leave Without Putting in at Least One Elephant Shot
Couldn't Leave Without Putting in at Least One Elephant Shot