Why Okavango Delta is drying - experts speak

Jao channel - July 2019 PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Jao channel - July 2019 PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The country's most treasured tourism asset, the Okavango Delta, is experiencing one of the driest periods in its history. As a World Heritage Site, the Delta's drying has stoked fears that Botswana is witnessing the beginning of the end of the magic. Staff Writer, THALEFANG CHARLES, speaks to the experts studying the matter

Exactly 100 years since Batawana’s first relocation after settling in Ngamiland, Maun is staring at the worst drought in recent history. It is not just Maun. The entire south western part of the Okavango Delta is as dry as a bone. 

The annual flood from the Okavango’s catchment was at its lowest levels this year. The low water found empty rivers and it is unlikely that the trickle will reach Maun this year. 

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