The Okavango Delta in north-west Botswana is a stunning and very large inland delta of permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains formed from the flow of the River Okavango. The delta is rare in that it does not flow into the ocean and is made up of lakes, canals, swamp and islands. Wild camping on one of these islands is possible following a dugout canoe trip with locals into the delta.
The ecological significance of the Okavango Delta was highlighted by it being added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in June 2014. In addition to its ecological significance of having over two million hectares of relatively undisturbed wetlands and seasonally flooded grasslands the delta is home to a wide variety of wildlife including endangered species such as the White Rhinoceros and African Wild Dog. Big cats roam the delta too. It is an incredibly important natural wonder.
A flight over the Okavango Delta is a great way to take in the scale of the place. You can arrange these in the town of Maun that is on the edge of the delta.
The Okavango Delta is another of the many impressive places in Botswana. This sparsely populated country was a real highlight of my journey to Southern Africa.