Study Areas

Botswana Herbivore Research conducts research in the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan ecosystems. These are found in the Kalahari Basin of northern Botswana.

The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland Delta in the world, covering an area of approximately 22,000km2. It is made up of a rich mosaic of habitats including flooded swamps, savannah grasslands and riparian woodlands. The ecosystem is driven by the annual flood. The flood water originates in highlands of Angola, it arrives in the Delta in the dry season shallowly flooding huge swathes of grasslands, providing water and therefore fresh forage growth during this potentially limiting season and allowing the area to support a wide variety of animals, many of them occurring at high densities.


The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan system is the largest Salt Pan system in the world, covering approximately 15-20,000km2. The salt pans were formed due to the evaporation of a great paleo lake. Adjacent to the pans are highly fertile grasslands. These grasslands lack permanent water; however when sufficient rain has fallen to fill the seasonal water holes, the area supports many herbivores including huge herds of zebra and wildebeest.