What is Tsodilo Rock Art?; Monica Herald; World Atlas

Tsodilo rock art is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Botswana.

Source: What is Tsodilo Rock Art?

Top 10 best National Parks for a safari in Africa; Luxury Travel Expert

Catching a glimpse of some of the world’s most captivating animals on a safari in Africa is one of the best travel experiences one can have.

Source: Top 10 best National Parks for a safari in Africa – the Luxury Travel Expert

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is created by a delicate balance, but for how much longer?; Michael Murray-Hudson & Olivier Dauteuil; Conversation

It’s imperative that we understand what creates and sustains the delta for the future management of the system.

Source: Botswana’s Okavango Delta is created by a delicate balance, but for how much longer?

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Okavango Delta; Getaway Magazine

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge brings timeless luxury to the Botswana wetlands. High-ceilinged tented rooms flood with light; each has a plunge pool and oversized bed with views of the Delta. Get closer to the wildlife of this UNESCO World Heritage Site – silently glide past hippos in a traditional canoe as fish eagles soar overhead.

Source: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Okavango Delta – Getaway Magazine

Angola, Botswana and Namibia co-manage shared river system of the Okavango Delta; Unesco

Source: Angola, Botswana and Namibia co-manage shared river system of the Okavango Delta

Botswana’s Okavango. No blues in this Delta; Global Travel Media

Sitting at the geographical heart of southern Africa, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the closest thing to Eden left on the planet. Gazetted as UNESCO’s thousandth World Heritage Site in 2014…

Source: Botswana’s Okavango. No blues in this Delta.

Why the Okavango Delta in Botswana is a World Heritage Site; Africa Geographic

This World Heritage Day, we celebrate one of the most untouched and ecologically diverse places in Africa – Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Source: Why the Okavango Delta in Botswana is a World Heritage Site – Africa Geographic

Jewel in the Desert: Saving the Okavango Delta; National Geographic

“A river rises in mountains and dies in sand and in its dying gives birth to a jewel at the edge of the Kalahari: the Okavango Delta.” So described this African landscape by famed nature photographer Frans Lanting in a 1990 photographic essay for National Geographic magazine.

Source: Jewel in the Desert: Saving the Okavango Delta

Explore this lush safari spot with our expert’s insider tips; Andrew Stein; National Geographic

Explore the thriving safari industry with these insider tips.

Source: Explore this lush safari spot with our expert’s insider tips

What is the Best Time to Visit Okavango Delta and Other Top Tips; Steph; Big World Small Pockets

If you’re thinking of hitting up this watery, wildlife wonderworld , here’s the best time to visit Okavango Delta and my other top tips.

Source: What is the Best Time to Visit Okavango Delta and Other Top Tips – Big World Small Pockets

WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE EXPERIENCING BOTSWANA’S OKAVANGO DELTA; Carla Powell; Intrepid Travel

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Botswana’s Unique Wilderness Area, Okavango Delta, Faces an Uncertain Future; Tom Molanphy; Earth Island

Conservationists are racing to protect the UNESCO world heritage site’s two main source rivers in Angola…

Source: Botswana’s Unique Wilderness Area, Okavango Delta, Faces an Uncertain Future

Africa’s great tourism success story; Nina Karnikowski; Traveller

This middle-income African nation of two million is rightly referred to as the king of safari.

Source: Africa’s great tourism success story

How One Expedition Team is Trying to Save the Okavango Delta; Kraig Becker; The Adventure Blog

Botswana – Okavango Delta

Located in the heart of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta that forms each year by seasonal flooding. Rains in the Angola Highlands flow down the Okavango River, but rather than be deposited in a lake or ocean, they simply spread out across the plains, covering an area of about 8500 square miles (22,014 sq. km) for several months of the year. This results in a large ecosystem where a variety of plant life grows, attracting large numbers of animals to the otherwise dry and desolate region.

This amazing place is the largest intact watershed in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But, it has also come increasingly under threat from a variety of sources, including poaching, ongoing conflicts across the region, industrialization, irrigation, and climate change. But a dedicated group of conservationists is looking to protect the Delta and have undertaken an impressively massive expedition to explore its vast expanse.

Dubbed the Okavango Wilderness Project, the team is supported by National Geographic and have spent years charting the Delta from “source to sand.”

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These Exhilarating African Boat Cruises Are the Best Way to See Hippos in the Wild; Elizabeth Preske; Travel + Leisure

Botswana – Okavango Delta

The word safari tends to evoke images of expansive savanna landscapes; roaming giraffes, lions, and zebras; and minibuses, trucks, and all-terrain vehicles. These classic safaris, however memorable and necessary to complete the African experience, tend to skip the continent’s many rivers, lagoons, and lakes.

If hippos are more your thing than giraffes, consider going on an African water safari to best see the semi-aquatic mammals in their natural element.

One of the most popular ways to see hippos up close is to take a mokoro safari through Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the seventh wonder of Africa.

Similar to a canoe, the mokoro is streamlined to maneuver through narrow waterways and is motor-less so as not to scare the wildlife. It is steered by a tour guide who uses a ngashi, a long pole, to propel two passengers across deep lakes and shallow channels through the reeds and marshlands of the world’s largest inland delta.

Relaxing and peaceful, a ride in a mokoro provides safari-goers a unique vantage point to see the hippos, as well as the frogs, birds, and elephants common to the areas.

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How to survive an encounter with Africa’s most deadly creature; Keith Austin; Traveller

Botswana – Okavango Delta

It’s amazing how quickly one’s fear and bloodlust can be assuaged with a glass of bubbly and a peanut.

The noise that a hippopotamus makes is something that can never be unheard. It’s like a cross between a large dog drowning and a seriously malfunctioning whoopee cushion.

Experienced in a zoo it’s quite amusing, a wet snort that might have come from behind the bathroom door when your father is washing his face and clearing his nose at the same time. Well, my dad, anyway.

In the wilds of Africa, though, when you are balanced in a narrow dugout canoe slung low in the water and surrounded by tall reeds, it’s another kettle of 1500 kilogram killing machine. Suddenly that moist flatulence is less than amusing. And it’s getting closer, isn’t it? I’m sure it’s getting closer.

I’m keeping this all to myself, of course.

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5 Places to visit in 2018; The Province

Botswana – Okavango Delta

Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, suggests five must-see destinations for the year ahead, from Malta to Ireland, and pristine wilderness to cultural hot spots.

MELBOURNE AND THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD, AUSTRALIA

The arch rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne is at the heart of a long albeit friendly debate. Sydney has always been Australia’s glamorous darling, a stunningly beautiful city with its iconic opera house and harbour-spanning bridge. But Melbourne proudly holds the spotlight as Australia’s sports capital (it goes wild over everything from AFL football to grand-slam tennis) and cultural nerve centre – world known for its bohemian and sometimes quirky vibe, flourishing music scene and edgy street art. Explore the city’s cobbled bluestone laneways – not long ago dark desolate no-go alleyways that have recently undergone a dramatic transformation and are now home to galleries, shops, coffee houses and restaurants.

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Diamonds aren’t forever: Botswana seeks to diversify its economy; Sanam Shantyaei; France 24

Botswana – Okavango Delta

Botswana’s diamond mines have long provided jobs and economic stability. But the land-locked nation is now looking to diversify its economy and is betting on sustainable tourism to help maintain its high standard of living in the future.

Britain’s Prince Harry calls Botswana his “second home”: For 20 years it has been his destination of choice when he wants to escape the media glare. The young royal even sourced the central diamond for his fiancée’s engagement ring from the country.

The diamond industry – in partnership with De Beers, the world’s largest supplier – currently contributes around 20 percent to the southern African nation’s GDP. Since diamonds were discovered in the country in 1967, the revenue from mining has been invested in infrastructure, schools and medical centres.

It is what transformed Botswana from one of the poorest to the fourth-wealthiest country on the continent – after Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

 

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10 Places Where the Oh-so Wealthy Are Traveling This Summer; Steve Siboe; Africa.com

Botswana – Okavango Delta

Africa is alive with numerous summer destinations that cater to the luxury traveler. Some over-the-top scenic, breathtaking, memorable destinations.

Everyone looks forward to summer time because it’s the perfect opportunity to venture out and see what there is to do. This is the time of year when everyone, including the wealthy folks, is busy planning for their vacations. Africa is alive with numerous exclusive summer destinations that cater to the luxury traveller. Have you ever wondered where the wealthy go for their vacations in Africa?

We’ve compiled a list of some over-the-top scenic, breathtaking, memorable destinations that serve the needs of vacationers looking for a truckload of memories to cherish forever. Discover hidden gems that you never even thought existed before – destinations that have a unique and heavenly charm attached to them.

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25 Photos that’ll make you want to visit Botswana and the Okavango Delta; Abi King; Inside The Travel Lab

Botswana – Okavango Delta

Flying over Botswana and the Okavango Delta

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.

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