Why The Okavango Delta is like nowhere on earth

It is challenging to communicate the uniqueness of the Okavango Delta via a written description. Even photos do it little justice. Even for this reason alone, it is a place that must be visited at least once in your life. The Okavango River runs through the centre of the Kalahari Desert. It is an unspoiled wilderness that is fed by floodwaters of central Africa, spanning around 15 000 square kilometres. It is the captivating fanning out of these waters into the Delta that creates the wetland system.

The peace is palpable as a boat or mokoro meander through palm-lined channels, lagoons and islands. At times you will have the surreal sensation of seemingly floating on grass. It is raw nature at its best and most exhilarating. Teeming with life both in the water and above, hippos are ever near and vocal, birds serenade as you pass by while crocodiles are far more silent as they cut through the water often unnoticed.

When you do visit, it will come as no surprise that the Okavango Delta became the 1 000 th site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014. It is only a visit alone, that can truly communicate its magic. When they say there’s nothing like it on earth, that is one hundred percent correct. Literally.