7 March 2015 – Camp Sebu – Okavango Delta
We are not taking a dugout canoe ride. This is the end of the dry time here. The Delta receives its water both from local rains but more importantly as the drainage area from the Angolan Mountains. As a result, rains from Nov on in the mountains work their way down to the Delta and it starts to fill up again with water in April. The Delta doesn’t border on an ocean, the water gradually seeps into the Kalahari Desert. We have been reminded more than once that this is the largest in land Delta in the world. Thinking about it, I am not sure exactly how common inland deltas really are.
Anyway. We can drive just about everywhere and will drive out several times today to see what we can see.
I have included a lot of birds because I know there are some of you who really enjoy birding. For the rest, let me just say that there are more birds than impalas which is saying a lot.
There have been several wildfires related to lightening strikes in the last year. As a result, there are burned trees and areas with ash. There is currently a brush fire on going just far enough away to avoid presenting a danger to us, but close enough that we can see the smoke and taste it in the air.
As much as everyone else is all excited about elephants, I am cautious about preferring one species over another especially when environmental policy is involved. Plus, really, look at those hippos – don’t they look so comfortable?