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Botswana's first national park, Chobe National Park is the second-largest in the country and home to one of the greatest game concentrations on the continent. The park is divided into four distinct ecosystems: lush plains and dense forests in the northeast; the marshland of the west; the northwestern swamps; and the hot, dry grasslands in between. Chobe features a huge elephant population, as well as large numbers of giraffe, zebra, impala, sable, wildebeest, buffalo, warthog, lion, hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, cheetah, and African wild dog. Each of the park's main areas also provides idea habitat for a wide range of birdlife, including raptors, owls, vultures, storks, cranes, and pelicans.
Designated a reserve by the BaTawana people in 1962, the Moremi Wildlife Reserve rests on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. This patchwork of floodplains, grasslands, and acacia woodlands make for some excellent game viewing, with the opportunity to encounter elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, and African wild dog. Dug-out canoe trips are popular ways to spot some of the 550 species of birds and see hippos and crocs along the sandy riverbanks.
Botswana's game-rich Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, is a maze of lagoons, islet-filled lakes, grasslands, and wooded glades. Covering over 10,000 square miles and surrounded by the scorched Kalahari Desert, this life-sustaining oasis is a primary water source for lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, wildebeest, elephant, giraffe, zebra, crocodile, hyena, hippo, black and white rhino, warthog, African wild dog, and baboon. Over 400 species of birds, such as eagle, crane, ostrich, and ibis, congregate among the papyrus and willowy phoenix palms, while the Okavango's waters are home to 35 million fish of almost 80 species.
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