Botswana – Savanna & Delta Safari including Victoria Falls with Beverly Houwing

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 - Friday, May 16th, 2014
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beverlyhouwing1This photo-safari concentrates on the areas of Botswana that have permanent water. The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems, the only inland delta of its kind and a unique oasis of life in the center of the Kalahari Desert. It stretches over 6,000 square miles and supports a staggering variety of animal, plant, fish and bird life. The Okavango Delta consists of a multitude of main channels, smaller tributaries and lagoons as well as floodplains, islands and mainland areas.

There are two fairly distinct areas of the Okavango Delta – the permanent swamp, which is inundated with water all year round, and the seasonal swamp, which is flooded annually and dries gradually with the onset of summer. The vegetation of the permanent swamp includes groves of wild date palm, swathes of papyrus, islands fringed with forest and lagoons covered with floating water lilies.

Chobe National Park is Botswana’s first national park declared in 1967 covering around 4,500 square miles. Famous as the elephant capital of Africa, the park derived its name from the Chobe River which is the main source of water for the park and comprises of mopane woodland, floodplains and grasslands – creating a diverse ecosystem.

Victoria Falls is Africa’s most spectacular waterfall and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
It is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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