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The Flood Journey in The Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is a unique wetland area situated in northern Botswana and one of Africa's most lovely and wildlife-filled sites. This magnificent wetland is the epitome of tranquility and beauty.

April is a fantastic month to visit the Okavango Delta, with mild to warm weather, minimal likelihood of rain, and the chance to witness the flood in action as the waters spread out towards the central and northern areas.

The seasonal floods begin in April in the north of the delta and can take up to four months to make their way south, gradually filling and extending the wetland as they go. Water levels in the Okavango Delta are mostly determined by three factors: local rainfall, the quantity of rainfall upstream that will pour down the delta in the yearly flood, as well as your position inside the delta—the further north you are, the more water you'll have.

The rising water levels rise allow for more water-based activities to take place, such as boating and traditional canoe rides. April is a beautiful time to be out on the water, and motorboat and mokoro journeys in the north and west are very enjoyable. The waters will not reach the delta’s east for another month or two, but lodges on the deeper main channels in those areas will offer ideal boating conditions.

Boating is one of the best ways to see the region during the flood. Follow your guide through a mass of water lilies and beautiful emerald reed beds in a mokoro, a tiny dug-out canoe, interrupted by spectacular birding and game viewing opportunities.

The antelope mating season also begins in April, and the shallow floodplains on the Delta's outskirts come alive with competing males. The landscape is still lush and green from the recently ended rains, and the Okavango is beautiful, verdant, and full of life.


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