From a game viewing and photography perspective, the hot dry months of October and November deliver an abundance of species in the Okavango Delta. This is due mainly to the concentration of water and the relative ease of finding your subjects, either out on the floodplains or in the dry, leafless bush.
On a recent safari through the Santawani area to the south-east of the Great Alluvial Fan and on Hunda Island in the north-eastern section, we were justly rewarded by sheer numbers of plains game, predators and newly-arrived migrant bird species.
The two areas mentioned are quite different in that despite both being in the Delta, their positions lie in completely contrasting habitats.
Gomoti, and its surrounds, is dominated by dry fossil channels that flowed hundreds of years ago, and acacia savanna. The only permanent water is the Gomoti River and floodplains to the west, and one has to concentrate at this water source in order to find your subjects.
Little Tubu on Hunda Island however is right in the heart of the Fan, and surrounded by water during the dry season, which in turn attracts the game and birds.
Why does the wildlife congregate here? Well besides the obvious need for life-giving water, succulent emergent grass species attract the herbivores, and fish, frogs and insects attract many of the bird species.
On our journey we were really fortunate to see almost everything and the sheer numbers were testament to the availability of food and water.
By David Luck
Post courtesy of Wilderness Safaris