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Northern Okavango

Northern Okavango / Kwedi Reserve

Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura are situated in the extreme north of the Okavango, in what is known locally as the Kwedi Reserve. The vegetation ranges from the vast open flood plains to dense mopane bushveld which offers spectacular game viewing and birding opportunities all year round.

The permanent swamp and island habitat abounds with beautiful treed islands of every size, surrounded by permanent waterways, which are created either by the summer rains or the annual floodwaters that pass through the Delta in the winter season. Common trees found here are the jackalberry, African mangosteen and the ubiquitous sausage tree, which provide shade, food and shelter for a fantastic range of wildlife. Here it is possible to encounter hippo, crocodile, lechwe antelope, and, if you are lucky, the shy sitatunga antelope.

Surrounding the permanent swamp are large areas of annually flooded "grasslands" or floodplains. Locally known as "melapo," these floodplains are used seasonally by zebra, tsessebe, wildebeest and Cape buffalo along with red lechwe.

Game drives in the area are very productive, often starting on the transfer to camp from the airstrip. General game species are abundant around Little Vumbura including impala, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck, chacma baboon, red lechwe, vervet monkey and common reedbuck. Sable antelope, giraffe, elephant, tsessebe, Cape buffalo and hippo are also often seen. Wild dogs frequently move through the concession and other predators include several resident lion prides, leopard, cheetah and the African wildcat.

The birding here is excellent and varied throughout the year. In the summer months many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing-Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw.



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