Botswana’s Okavango Delta has become the 1000th site to be included in the list of Unesco World Heritage Site’s around the globe.
The list, which started in 1978, commands strict conservation rules from sites in consideration. According to its selection panel, Botswana’s unique inland delta is ‘an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes … home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal.’ But of course, you knew that already.
It’s no secret to Southern Africa travellers that the Okavango Delta is wildlife heaven. It is home to Africa’s largest elephant population and provides visitors with the unique opportunity to view wildlife from the water (on a mekoro), and that’s just a start. Over the years, Getaway magazine and its readers have explored the far corners of the Okavango – and it still has the power to overwhelm. So well done, UNESCO, we’re glad you’ve finally recognised one of the top African travel experiences that you have to do at least once for its uniqueness and raw beauty.’
These are just some of the highlights we’ve been lucky enough to see over the past few years.