LEOPARDS OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA


The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a vast inland delta where eleven cubic kilometres of water spread over the area and drain away every year: its scale and magnificence helped it secure a position as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The delta teems with wildlife, including the elusive leopard. Tracking a leopard through its territory for two days is one of the most humbling experiences offered by the natural world. Watching the cat weave swiftly and elegantly in and out of the bush, climb trees and laze, waiting to pounce upon prey feeding on the fruits below or quickly turn at pace to kill an unsuspecting jackal. The relationship of animal to land is both experientially and visually rewarding with beauty in camouflage, colour and structure. The leopards of Botswana have been protected thanks to relative political stability.