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Flight over Okavango Delta

Maun Airport Sign Photo,

The Delta is one of Africa's last remaining wilderness regions of papyrus-lined waterways, floodplains, lagoons, forest glades, and savanna grasslands. Covering 6,000km², the area is pristine and untouched. We drove to the Maun airport where we boarded our flight over the delta. The Okavango is known as "the river which never finds the sea" and is Africa's largest natural oasis.

It is a natural refuge for larger animals of the Kalahari. The water gives a place for animals not usually expected in a desert environment. The Okavango is an area that is left from waters of Lake Makgadikgadi that once covered the Kalahari. Some think that the Chobe, Okavango, Kwando, and Zambezi rivers were at one time a single river that flowed to the Indian Ocean.

We flew over herds of elephants making their way to water holes. Hippos were lulling around another water hole and a single giraffe stood in the middle of a plain. Birds flitted about; the land is lush and green. There are wide open spaces lined by trees and pools of water reflect the clouds above. The sky is a deep blue and the shadow of our plane follows the river. More herds of elephants, hippos, and springbok make their way across the Delta. As we leave the airport, I notice a sign with an elephant on it. The sign says, "trophy hunters kill for fun. My family needs me.”

Papyrus, the phoenix palm, and sedge dominate the deltas swamps. There are 80 species of fish in the waters of the delta. Okavango is a continuing work of nature.



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