The Okavango Delta is a natural wonder of Africa that features one of the best encounters with African wildlife. The delta is located in Botswana and is created by seasonal flooding. Every year the delta emerges as the Okavango River empties into a swamp like area of the Kalahari Desert. This desert basin traps much of the water where much of it evaporates versus draining into the sea.
The Okavango Delta is home to the Moremi Game Reserve which is a national park that covers much of the eastern side of the Delta. The Big 5, including the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo can all be found at the Okavango Delta. Other favorite wildlife including the cheetah, hippo, giraffe, crocodile, topi, baboon and hyena are all accompanied by over 400 species of birds.
The Okavango Delta is truly a wildlife haven however much of the larger mammals are only present seasonally. The rainy summer season falls during the months of December through March. The drier winter season is more noticeable during June, July and August and it is during these months that the best game viewing is experienced.
Okavango Delta is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa.