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The Okavango Delta is a region in Botswana.
The University of Botswana's Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre HOORC was established in 1994 in response to the need to understand the natural and human processes that shape the Delta, which became a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance in December 1996. HOORC's multidisciplinary research teams provide the science to support the work of local, national and regional planning bodies such as Botswana's Okavango Delta Management Plan and OKACOM, the Okavango River Basin Water Commmission. Flow the HOORC Library weblog, reports research and news relevant to the Delta.
Most travellers start from Maun with their own car. You can also charter airplanes there or go on a tour with one of the flying-safari operators.
Go. It's amazing. Fabulous. One the most magical places in the entire world. For the budget minded - take the bus from Maun to Sepopa. There is now a river taxi that travels daily from Sepopa to Seronga and coordinates with the buses. If your timing is off - stay at Swamp Stop overnight. In Seronga you can stay at the Polers Trust - enjoy the mekoro trips.
Much of the area is divided into large concessions run by various safari groups. Development is strictly regulated so that there is little development and lots of wildlife. It is expensive, but worth it to stay in some of these permanent tented campsites. The guides are knowledgeable, and the accommodations very comfortable. Wilderness Safaris runs many great camps. They are all inclusive: two wildlife rides a day, all meals, snacks and drinks are included in the price.
Large Nile Crocodiles are present in the Okavango Delta and are the 2nd largest species of crocodile in the world (behind crocodylus porosus) and is a known maneater. Respect should always be given and swimming is not advised anywhere in order to curb any unneeded suffering for yourself or the animal. Lions and Leopards are also present and should always be given extreme distance and, unless impossible, should ONLY be viewed from a vehicle. Hyenas have a bite stronger than any other mammal in Africa (including the Lion) and can be particularly dangerous in packs, show them distance and respect. Elephants, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Wart Hog, and especially Hippos can all be very dangerous (in many cases even more so than the carnivores) so distance and caution should always be taken into account.