Africa, as we all know, is a continent with a biodiversity that is higher than anywhere else on the planet. The life, both animal and plant over here, is many varied kinds and species, with a lot them only being native only to this land, and not being found anywhere else in the world. However, the wilderness that one finds in Africa does not get any better than that which is witnessed in the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango Delta is formed when the river that find it way through the Angolan highlands , meet the expansive plains in the region to the north of Botswana. The largest inland delta on the planet, the awesome Okavango Delta is the one of the most distinctive features of the continent. While being situated in the Kalahari Desert, it is a place that sees the most animal life diversity.
The animal life that one finds in this region is enough to make one wonder how much life could one place have. The Okavango Delta is home to ninety-five species of reptiles and amphibians, atleast seventy-two species of small animals and, also a great number of larger creatures. These larger creatures are of two types, herbivores and carnivores. The herbivores in the region include giraffe, roan, impala, red lechwe antelope, buffalo, elephant, zebra, rhino, wildebeest, hippopotamus and the sable. The carnivores in the found in the region include the nearly endangered wild dog, leopard, lion, cheetah, and hyena. As if this were not splendid enough to see the biodiversity over here, the river itself is home to thirty five million fish, belonging to almost eighty species of fish, and a mind b-boggling five hundred and fifty species of birds.
The most land activity that is seen in this region is seen here, is very close to the water, since the water is central to life, especially because of the high rate of evaporation, and extreme temperatures. There are many ways to enjoy the sights of the Okavango Delta. You could choose to fly over the whole place, getting a brilliant bird’s-eye view of the place, especially with the herds of animals running away from the aircraft. To enjoy this place in another way, would be to hire a motorboat and cruise along this entire region. If you have the opportunity, try canoeing in this region, as the feeling of roaming in a region with so much diversity is one that can be found nowhere else on the planet.
It would also be great to check out the national parks over here that provide excellent safaris through the region, where you can enjoy the sights and sounds from up-close. To go on a safari, through the land, filled with papyrus marshes, and hard ground too, looking at so many animals is definitely a thing that you must add to your “Once in a lifetime” list.