Boteti - The Returning River
For the past 20 years the Boteti River has been nothing but a dry, dusty riverbed. Now all that has changed and the river is flowing once again, bringing life-saving water to the animals that live in the region. Excellent rainfall in the Angolan highlands this year fed Botswana's Okavango Delta to overflowing, which allowed water to follow decades-old pathways to places like Leroo La Tau. Here the Boteti River is flowing once again, transporting this vital element to elephants, crocodiles and many other animals that have survived the arid and unforgiving landscape by walking long distances to drink from waterholes. Many of these animals have never seen flowing water before, and the elephants (Loxodonta africana) in particular are celebrating the arrival of the long-lost Boteti.