Did you know that the Okavango Delta is visible from space? Yep. This enormous green mass is one of Africa’s greatest and wildest nature areas.
Recently named a UNESCO world heritage site, the Okavango Delta is an entrancing beauty best appreciated from above. Here's what it's like to see these incredible wetlands from the sky.
The waterways and marshy land make the delta largely inaccessible and cut off from human activity, which makes it a wildlife haven and best sussed out from the sky. From up here, you can see how tree islands are formed from salt build-up and the wildlife paths crisscrossing the green expanse show how thousands of animals traverse the plains.
Sightings of enormous herds of elephant, slow-grazing giraffe, leaping lechwe, crowds of kudu and hippo wallowing in muddy river pockets are yours for the taking.
We hit the open skies with Air Shakawe for an hour-long cruise over the emerald Botswana plains to appreciate the vast reach of this freshwater wetland (this costs about R1040 per person, depending on the number of people. Cheaper 45-minute flights are also available).