by Mark Overgaard
All text and images on this site (unless otherwise credited) are copyright © 2012 - 2019 Mark Overgaard, with all rights reserved.
These images were created during a safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta in August, 2016. The Okavango, one of Africa’s largest inland deltas, is fed by the Okavango River. Seasonal rains in Angola produce a pulse of water that takes multiple months to reach the Okavango and additional months to flow through the channels that lace the delta. August is near the peak for water levels in the delta and also near the peak of the dry winter season there, so wildlife is strongly drawn to the life-giving water. We started at the Selinda Explorers Lodge, next to the Selinda Spillway. It connects the Okavango to the Linyanti Swamps, but only gets water when one side or the other has an overflow. Fortunately, the water arrived at Selinda Explorers just before we did. We and the wildlife enjoyed the water greatly! Next, we visited Chitabe Camp, on the seasonal floodplains of the delta. There was much less water here, but plenty of wildlife, especially a pride of lions with multiple lionesses and two litters of cubs! Then, we headed to Little Vumbura for the classic Okavango experience: water safaris exploring the papyrus-lined water channels, combined with productive game drives on land; we also did a “helicopter flip” (that is, a brief helicopter tour) here for aerial photography over the Vumbura area, the Moremi Game Reserve and Kwando Wildlife Management Area. We concluded our Okavango adventure at Little Kwara Camp, where a massive wildfire had just come through. In fact, the camp had been evacuated briefly and we were part of the first guest group to reoccupy the camp. The overall safari was splendidly led by Greg du Toit, whose website is http://www.gregdutoit.com. It was terrifically organized by C4 Photo Safaris and especially Shem Compion, with the counsel of Denis Glennon. C4’s website is http://www.c4photosafaris.com.Read More