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Northern Okavango

Northern Okavango

The Northern Okavango Delta of Botswana is primarily two private concessions including a wide variety of habitats. This enormous area covers 120,000 hectares in which there are just four small camps.

Almost every species is present and viewable on both dry land or from the water. Red lechwe and sable antelope are some of the rarer antelope sometimes seen in the area.

Islands with clumps of trees are surrounded by permanent waterways lined with jackalberry, African mangosteen and the sausage tree (Kigelia Africana). Birdlife is outstanding with species including the white backed night heron, slaty egret and the wattled crane.

Further away from the permanent water is the floodplain which is grazed by zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and tsessebe. When it is drier and particularly in drought times, sable antelope appear for a few weeks although they disappear as soon as the wetter weather arrives.

Lion kill - Yvonne Whitcomb

Mopane tree belts attract the elephants as well as the cute little mopane squirrel - a little red variation of this well known woodland animal. Impala, greater kudu and giraffe also appear in the woods. All the big predators are frequently seen.

Even further north, the land becomes drier and species such as the Kalahari apple leaf and several combretum species attract the elephant as well as ostrich, kori bustard and several raptors. Giraffe move through this region at certain times of the year.

A bird not to be missed is the ground hornbill with its huge black body, large beak and well-known thumping call. In the drier woodland the flashy Crimson-breasted Shrike can be spotted. Around camp are Yellow White-eye, Grey-backed Cameroptera, Lesser Honeyguide and Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike. When inundated, the floodplain is good for species such as White-faced and Fulvous Duck.

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