Botswana - Africa
Photography: Hayden & Katherine Oake
postmarked in 2007 with a Botswana 2006 Stamp - Phoenix reclinata (a flowering Palm) P 4.90
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The Okavango Delta (or Okavango Swamp), in Botswana, is the world's largest inland delta. It is formed where the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in the Kalahari Desert, where most of the water is lost to evaporation instead of draining into the sea.
The Okavango delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife which is now a popular tourist attraction.
Species include African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Lechwe (I believe that is the antelope in the postcard above), Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra, Warthog and Chacma Baboon.
The delta also includes over 400 species of birds.