Our Africa’s Photographer of the Year competition is already two-thirds done as the third category, Wildlife Portraits, now comes to a close at the end of September. Our contestants have captured many special moments in Africa, visiting various game reserves that are all home to a plethora of wildlife, including some quirky safari creatures. We now take a look at one of the most interesting places in Africa, the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, this area is home to nature’s most fascinating moments. The lush plains of the Okavango flood in season and provide nourishment to animals who travel great distances to drink from these waters when their food sources dissipate elsewhere. Read on to discover our top reasons to uncover the Okavango Delta.
Photo Credit: Rhino Africa
The Moremi Game Reserve covers a third of the overall region and is home to an array of captivating species. These include elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, lion, hippo, cheetah, leopard and rhino. Stay in a collection of luxury safari camps that border the floodplains. Each offer a unique way of viewing the wildlife, some even getting close enough you’d feel you could reach out and touch these magnificent creatures.
Photo Credit: Michael Mayer
The mokoro is a boat that is traditionally carved from a tree trunk and many used now in safaris have a glass bottom, all the better to view the life in the water as well. Local guides take visitors out onto the actual plains, getting as close as possible to the action. Here you gain expert insights and connect with nature the way that the cultures of the Okavango have for centuries.
Photo Credit: Simon Watson
The BaSarwa or San people of the region live in distinct tribes around the floodplains. Having existed among the wildlife for generations, these indigenous cultures know the nature better than anyone. Take the opportunity to learn about their history and observe as some local guides practice the traditions of their ancestors, telling stories passed on from grandparents to children.
Are you inspired by these wonders of the Okavango? Enter our Africa’s Photographer of the Year competition here and stand a chance to wine our grand prize. Look out for our next category, Africa Off the Beaten Track, which opens in October.
Featured Image: Simon Watson
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