THE KAVANGO ZAMBEZI TRANSFRONTIER CONSERVATION AREA



Coming in at twice the size of the United Kingdom, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) lies in the river basins of the Kavango and Zambezi, and stretches across five Southern African countries – Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Angola: 519,912 km sq

The main jewels of this spectacular array of protected areas are the 15,000 km2 Okavango Delta, an explosion of green and blue in parched landscape - the world's largest inland delta, and the awe inspiring tumbling cataracts of the Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world.



Source: peaceparks.org


Okavango Delta in north-west Botswana comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. One of the unique characteristics is that the annual flooding from the River Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronized their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes. The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammals, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.





Known also as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” or the Smoke that Thunders, Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as 546 million cubic metres of water per minute plummet over the edge, at the peak of the flood season, over a width of nearly two kilometers into a deep gorge over 100 meters below.





The whole park is richly endowed with a diversity of wildlife-dense ecosystems that make it one of the best places in the world for enjoying a safari. KAZA is home to almost half of Africa’s elephants, as well as an array of other animals such as African wild dogs, hippos, rhinos, lions, African buffalo, zebras, crocodiles, and cheetahs. Some of these species face major threats to their survival. Elephants in particular face the extreme challenges of poaching, compounded by human-elephant conflict, and habitat loss.



Source: whc.unesco.org, kavangozambezi.org, worldwildlife.org


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