Okavango Delta, near Maun, Botswana.
The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin of Botswana, and is often referred to as the "jewel" of the Kalahari.
Shaped like a fan, the Delta is fed by the Okavango River, the third largest in southern Africa. It has been steadily developed over the millennia by millions of tonnes of sand carried down the river from Angola.
Swollen with floodwaters from the summer rains, the Okavango River travels from the Angolan highlands, crosses into Botswana at Mohembo in the Caprivi, then later spills over the vast, fan-shaped Delta. The timing of the floods is uncanny. Just as the waters from Botswana�s summer rains disappear (April, May), so the floodwaters begin their journey � 1300 kilometres of which is through Kalahari sands � revitalising a vast and remarkably diverse ecosystem of plant and animal life.
The water�s flow, distribution and drainage patterns are continually changing, principally due to tectoni...