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8 wonderful wetlands

By: Josh Lew on July 4, 2012, 5:54 p.m.
Okavango Delta

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Okavango Delta

One of Africa's most stunning natural places sits in the landlocked nation of Botswana. TheOkavango Delta is the world's largest inland delta. This annually changing landscape is produced by seasonal flooding, with water flowing down from the highlands of Angola before pooling in a vast, flat plain. Evaporation shrinks the wetland each year until the following year's wet season. Botswana has throttled tourism, so most people come to the Okavango as part of package tours offered by high-end game lodges and safari companies. Huge numbers of birds and fish, as well as big game like elephants and crocodiles, reside in the delta. Guests can view the abundant wildlife from jeeps or even from viewing platforms attached to the lodges, though it is also possible to travel around parts of the delta on foot, by canoe, or even on the back of domesticated elephants.