Savuti (Savute) – Chobe National Park

01/08/2010: For the first time in almost 30 years the Savuti Channel is flowing again. The Savuti Channel connects the Selinda Spillway to the Savuti Marsh after 80 meandering kilometres. The Savuti Marsh is the rightful owner of the title “Jewel of the Kalahari” which has been usurped by the equally spectacular Okavango Delta since the drying up of the Savuti Channel. Spectacular as the delta is, it is the Savuti Marsh which, from the air, really looks like an emerald set in the golden wasteland of the Kalahari. For nigh on 30 years the marsh has been a vast semi-arid grassland supporting a limited number of herbivores able to exist on the limited water supplies. This year with the channel flowing into the marsh once again there is likely to be an unforgettable birding spectacle when the palearctic migrants arrive to find mudflats that stretch for kilometres along the advancing ‘shoreline’. Because there is no established aquatic vegetation along the shoreline the visible birdlife will be astonishing and there will very likely be more than a few rarities turning up from October 2010 and onwards.

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