"The Okavange Delta" Shakawe by tgirl007

Shakawe Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 4 photos

life is a garden,dig it

well here i am writing about the okavango as a whole...or generally speaking,the jewel of the Kalahari...shakawe is situated to the north east of the delta near the river mouth before its waters sprawl out over the pan handle.Nowhere else in Africa is there another Okavango. It is a huge 15,000 sq km delta of crystalline water nestling in the wilderness. It is fed by the Okavango River, which rises in the Angolan highlands and surprisingly does not flow directly into the Atlantic but inland, southeast into Botswana. There it forms swamps, reed beds, streams, flood plains, islands and long stretches of cool, clear water. Over the aeons the Okavango River has spread its rich sediment over a huge, almost flat area, in the shape of a giant panhandle. It now forms the world's largest inland delta, containing 95% of all Botswana's surface water. Around its perimeter are scattered the exclusive tourist lodges and camps, unlike any others in Africa. The huge expanses of tranquil, crystalline waters are unique in Africa. Visitors to the numerous lodges and camps can glide through the reeds and the water lilies in traditional mokoro canoes. Once they were carved out of a single mokoro tree but nowadays, in the interests of conservation, most are made of fibreglass. The mokoros glide through the lush scenery under bright blue skies.

my paradise,my home

The vast silence is broken only by the gentle splash of the polers and the scuffle of small creatures in the papyrus reeds. Tropical fish flash past in the clear waters to avoid the gleaming malachite kingfishers. Birds are everywhere from the majestic fish eagles, exotic herons, brightly coloured bee-eaters and even rarities like the slaty egrets and Pel's fishing owl.
Within this wilderness of contrasts, many of the areas in the delta are surprisingly dry. They sustain permanent populations of prolific game. Four-wheel drive vehicles can take visitors to see large herds of antelope, red lechwe, elephants and buffalos. Not far behind are their ubiquitous predators ? lions, leopards and cheetahs.

home of the hambukushu

The Okavango Delta peoples consist of five ethnic groups, each with its own ethnic identity and language. one of these is the hambukushu "river"bushmen, they inhabit the pan handle,certain parts of the caprivi strip, Angola and Zambia.their population totals less than 500 today.the hambukushu are unique because they do not raise cattle, due to the conditions of the okavango delta, so they fish and gather.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:paradise
  • Cons:wild dangerous animals
  • In a nutshell:visit the garden of Eden......
  • Last visit to Shakawe: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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