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When it is dry, as now, animals depend on artificially pumped water holes, which unfortu- nately are subject to breakdown.
Linyanti, bordering the upper eastern Chobe River, is a mini-Okavango Delta papyrus swamp.
Most rain falls between December-March and in the north can make roads impassable. Zebra migration is a stunning sight that can hardly be imagined without actually seeing it.
Winter nights in July-August can be well below freez- ing (remember, seasons are reversed north and south of the equator). These vast throngs of striped wild horses, no two patterns alike, cover the landscape.
Most of the Delta (except for the Water in the Okavango, world's largest inland river delta, is purified to drinking quality by its waving expanses of head-high gold-green papyrus reeds.
It is so clear that hippos can be seen walking along the bottom.
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Zebras come first, followed by wildebeest, then herds of up to 1,500 tsessebe, also impalas and giraffes, males sometimes wrapping their long necks about one another in an apparently affectionate but actually competitive territorial embrace.
WILDLIFE RESERVES MAKE UP NEARLY ONE-SIXTH OF THIS LANDLOCKED COUNTRY ABOUT THE SIZE OF France in mid-south Africa.
Famed among them is the OKAVANGO DELTA, largest INLAND RIVER DELTA IN THE WORLD AND A WILDLIFE PARADISE.
Many animals that forage in these vast, nutritious marshes of the "river that never reaches the sea" have special adaptations, such as splayed hooves for better footing.
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