The Okavango Delta floods annually. This flood derives its water from rains that fall far in the north in the Angolan Highlands. This water takes months to reach the Okavango Delta. Last year’s flood was extremely high and the water level is still
I have just completed a fantastic safari in The Okavango Delta of Botswana. This magical paradise is my favourite place on earth.viagra canadian pharmacy
At present it is the rainy season up here and while this makes driving more challenging the rewards are bountiful. For a start everything is lush and green and most animals have recently given birth.
Also the flowers are out in abundance. Most impressive was the Impala Lily (Gloriosa superba) which also happens to be the national flower of Zimbabwe. Although this plant is poisonous it is also of medical importance and since it contains colchicine in some places it is used to treat gout.
And of course the migratory birds are here at the moment and they are magnificent! Another of my favourites which we saw was the Carmine Bee-Eater. These birds are intra-african migrants which lay their eggs in nests burrowed into sand banks.
As soon as I get the hang of uploading to you-tube and interfacing with my blog, I’ll post some fun videos of us crossing serious water in our indomitable Landcruisers. So please watch this space.
In my line of work, I am periodically treated to spectacles and experiences about which many can only dream. Recently I was in The Okavango Delta when I had such an experience. I hope that Denen De Silva doesn't mind me using one of his photo
graphs here so that I can better share this exquisite story. For those who don't know, the Okavango Delta is an enormous (13,500 square kilometres) inland delta composed of innumerable islands scattered in an expanse of crystal clear water.
We were camped on the banks of a seasonal river course which was flooded.
Late one afternoon while I was strolling close to the camp, three Painted Dogs came trotting toward me and toward the camp. Those in my party who were caught in the shower simply watched over the canvas walls of their showers, while the rest of us followed the dogs on foot. Walking with wild Painted Dogs is an incredible experience. This is not only because they are so beautiful and energetic but also because they are completely disdainful of humans and seem not to even notice one's presence.
Not wanting to in
terfere with the dogs, we turned to return to the camp when we noticed a small group of four elephants (including a baby) drinking at the river nearby. So we made a detour and went to watch them.
As we watched we became aware that more and more elephants were silently approaching through the mopane forest.
We watched their numbers swell until there were about 200 elephants on the opposite bank, and then they crossed the river . . .
. . . and continued calmly right through our camp!
I did manage to get some video and Dean Paarman kindly stitched it together into a short clip. If you would like to watch the video, please go to http://www.youtube.com/user/deanpaarman?blend=1&ob=5#p/u/0/D4H4ap7MEjM