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The flood has finally returned to the Okavango Delta!

Earlier this month we posted an update on the unusually low water levels in the Okavango Delta and the effect of the drought on the water-loving hippos. We are pleased to announce that this week, at long last, the water is starting to return to this world-renowned wonder of the natural world and with it a spectacular phenomenon for guests who are lucky enough to be travelling in Botswana at this time to witness.

As we described in the previous blog the Okavango Delta is fed from water flowing down from the Angolan Highlands and the rising of the water levels is a gradual process. Slowly the water channels transform from trickles of water between the reeds and across the sandbanks to lagoons rich in birdlife with the sound of happy hippos bathing nearby.

As boat rides and Mokoro trips resume at camps such as Sanctuary Baines Camp guests are being treated to the spectacular display of wildlife that returns along with the water levels. New species of bird flock into the area, an array of beautiful fish swim through the waterways which will still be quite murky and brown until the reeds, the living microorganisms and the natural filtration will clean the water making it clear.

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“Since the water is not that high yet we are able to stop at a small sandbank to have our sundowners. In between reeds, palm trees, papyrus and birds we watch the sun go down while enjoying our gin & tonic. As the sun disappears behind the horizon we make our way back to camp. To watch the phenomena of the returning flood and what it does to the wildlife is an experience that can hardly be described. This is Botswana, the unpredictable Wildlife and ever changing landscape.”

Jessica Sears, guest at Baines Camp, Botswana this week.

Read the full update from our partners Safari Destinations here

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