Botswana Deception Valley _D7C14958
Image by youngrobv
Khase, our tracker in Deception Valley, has good eyes to spot a Crested Porcupine after dusk on the way back to the lodge. I didn’t expect to see anything anymore so I still had the 200-400mm mounted, when faced with this shot. But the D700 never fails to perform, even at 200mm, f/4, ISO25600…
The plateau known as the Kalahari Desert is more savannah than desert, which becomes remarkably green after some rain. Covering most of the Southern African geography including Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the Kalahari and its surrounding basin provides the scene for the spectacular Okavango Delta. From the air, the ancient dry beds, known as Omuramba can still clearly be seen. and depending on the rain are still capable of holding water. The resultant ecosystem is suprisingly rich with animal life, which obviously increses as you move north towards the Delta.
Apart from the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari was also brought to global attention by Mark and Delia Owen’s book Cry of the Kalahari. The book argues against the controversial Veterinary fences, yet reads like a better version of Born Free, and was turned into a National Geographic documentary. Finding ourselves in the semi-arid setting of the Kalahari to start our trip into Botswana quickly brought the book to life.