When it comes to deltas, the Okavango is the best. And if that’s too cryptic an introduction then let’s catch up with some more delta facts.
At 15 000 square kilometres, the Okavango Delta is one of the largest deltas in the world, protected by both the government of Botswana and mother nature itself. The wetlands make it very difficult to build buildings, roads and the other disruptors of natural life we humans love to splatter all over the auction.
Okavango Delta: UNESCO World Heritage Site
It’s naturally caught the eyes of the UNESCO World Heritage Site team with its seasonally flooded grassy plains that house some of the world’s most endangered, and enigmatic species: white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.
Plus the cheetah and that great creature whose size camouflages its vulnerability: the elephant.
Do you love to canoe, kayak, & camp? Check out 10 most beautiful camping destinations with beautiful rivers, oceans, lakes, and marshes to paddle through.
We love to paddle along wild waters whenever we can when we camp. If you do too, you’ll want to see the 10 magnificent water-themed camping destinations we’ve curated below.
Canoe or kayak your way through rivers, lakes, streams and oceans to catch up close and personal views during summer and autumn days, then camp out under the stars, rest your weary muscles, and get ready to further your next-day journeys.
1.BOWRON LAKES PROVINCIAL PARK — BRITISH COLUMBIA
Bowron Lakes Provincial Park, in the Cariboo Mountains of central British Columbia, offers a magnificent wilderness backdrop for many paddling adventures. There’s an amazing 72-mile circuit of rivers and lakes for you to explore.
And you can rest easy, lakeshore campsites come with bear-proof food storage!
Hike, climb, cycle, surf, canoe… there are countless ways to explore a country if you’ve got a taste for adventure. But which of these pulse-quickening experiences fall into the ‘don’t-leave-without’ category?
In this excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventures, we look at some of the action-packed activities that define a destination, from kayaking through sea caves in Vietnam to paragliding over beaches in Turkey.
1. Don’t leave the USA without…
Hiking Zion National Park’s Angels Landing Trail – just 8km long, but utterly unforgettable. The last 100m traverses a ledgy via ferrata route to a pedestal smack in the middle of the canyon, 460m above the canyon floor and the Virgin River below. Not for the faint of heart or the acrophobic.
A new phase of exploration targets the wilderness of the Okavango region.
Three teams of explorers set off into the wilderness in the heart of Africa Monday, on a major new push to survey more of the Okavango River Basin—part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the planet’s last great wetlands. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the expeditions hope to catalogue the plants and animals in the unprotected Angolan highlands, with the ultimate goal securing better protections for the rich biodiversity and local people, many of whom still live according to traditional ways.
The wildlife the explorers have already documented in previous trips to the region over the past few years—as part of National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project—is “unbelievable,” says Chris Boyes, a biologist and wilderness guide from South Africa who helps coordinate the expeditions.
Undoubtedly, Africa is a treasure trove of wonders, and selecting seven best among them is a mammoth task.
Africa is home to vast stretches of unspoilt nature and landscape filled with rich wildlife, varied landscapes, and eclectic cultures. The land is thus full of wonders, but seven among these wonders feature above the rest and were selected by popular voting on February 11, 2013. Here, we present the list of the “Seven Natural Wonders Of Africa.”
7. Red Sea Reef
The Red Sea is an inlet of seawater in the Indian Ocean that is located between Asia and Africa. The Gulf of Aden and the Bab el Mandeb strait connects the Red Sea to the ocean. The sea is underlain by the Red Sea Rift which has been selected as one of the Seven Wonders of Africa.
The Tsodilo Rock Art is located in the Tsodilo Hills in the Ngamiland District in the country of Botswana in Africa. The Tsodilo Hills is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tsodilo Hills area consists of four chief hills, of which three are known as the Male Hill, Female Hill, Child and Hill. The other hill does not have a name. The Tsodilo Hills is made up of rock shelters, caves and depressions, but what makes it a World Heritage Sites and an important locations is the ancient rock art located in the area. The ancient rock art paintings in the area are mostly in the caves, although some are out in the open air. The paintings are either done in white or red, the white paintings are attributed to the Bantu people, while the red paintings are attributed to the San people.