The Jewel of Botswana
The Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta, is in the Northwest. The Makgadikgadi Pan, a large salt pan lies in the North. The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that dried up some 10,000 years ago. Today, Okavango River has no outlet to the sea instead, it empties onto the sands of the Kalahari Desert, irrigating 15,000 sq km of the desert. Wildlife: The Okavango Delta is home to wildlife and attracts thousands of visitors a year. There are number of camps within the delta region that cater to visitors. The delta provides a seasonal habitat to numerous different species. Among these are the elephant, African buffalo, hippopotamus, red lechwe, tsessebe, Blue wildebeests, giraffe, Nile crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, wild dog, greater kudu, sable antelope, black rhino, white rhino, water monitor, zebra, warthog and chacma baboon. It also includes over 400 species of birds, including fish eagles, crested cranes, and sacred ibis. The government presented plans to build a dam in the Caprivi region to regulate the water-flow. This could be the end for the rich wild and plant life in the Delta.