The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, officially declared the Okavango Delta its 1,000th World Heritage.
The Okavango Delta was acknowledged as one of the most diverse ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa, comprising wetland and dry land habitat and supporting a diversity of terrestrial and aquatic species, including 71 species of fish, 400 species of birds, and an estimated 200,000 large mammal species, including buffalo, elephants, sable antelope, and black rhinoceros.
The Okavango delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.
Additionally, the Okavango Delta is at the heart of a landscape that is home to the world’s largest elephant population, estimated to be around 200,000.
The Okavango Delta northwest Botswana comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains.
It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is almost intact.
One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the Okavango river occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronised their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods.
Safari in the Okavango Delta can be enjoyed year round.
There is a fantastic selection of camps and luxurious accommodation in Okavango Delta : Eagle Island Camp, Khwai River Lodge, Kwando Lebala, Kwando Lagoon, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, to name few of them.
Some are located deep in the Moremi Game Reserve in a region known as the “predator capital of Africa” that can only be reached by airplane.
A World Heritage Site listing is the highest level of protection and status that a protected area can obtain, which speaks to our vision of ensuring that the world has sufficient intact natural ecosystems and wilderness areas that are valued and effectively protected for the benefit of all species.
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