The Okavango Delta (or Okavango Swamp), in Botswana, is the world's largest inland delta and an awesome bird sanctuary.
The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that dried up some 10,000 years ago. Today, the Okavango
River has no outlet to the sea. Instead, it empties onto the sands of the Kalahari Desert, irrigating 15,000 km of the desert.
Each year some 11 cubic kilometres of water reach the delta.
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.
As we flew the bush plane through the dry Kalahari Desert, we were suddenly greeted with the sight below.
Birds on the Okavango Delta.
We took boat rides on the Delta two nights in a row.
Directly below, papyrus on the delta.
Each time on the water, our first visit was to this proud mother Marabou stork and baby.
Just before sunset, the
Yellow Billed Storks would
arrive in mass to nest for the
The sun sets rapidly on the delta, and within minutes of taking the
above pictures, we were sitting in the boat watching the sunset
one of us was drinking a gin and tonic and the other her Coke