Okavango River

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Okavango in Kavango, Namibia
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Okavango river basin map
CountryAngola, Namibia, Botswana
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ location
Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Length1,700 km (1,100 mi)
Basin size530,000 km2 (200,000 sq mi)
 ⁃ average475 m3/s (16,800 cu ft/s)
 ⁃ minimum350 m3/s (12,000 cu ft/s)
 ⁃ maximum1,000 m3/s (35,000 cu ft/s)

The Okavango River (formerly spelled Okovango or Okovanggo) is a river in southwest Africa. It is the fourth-longest river system in southern Africa, running southeastward for 1,600 km (990 mi). It begins in Angola, where it is known by the Portuguese name Rio Cubango. Farther south, it forms part of the border between Angola and Namibia, and then flows into Botswana, draining into the Moremi Game Reserve.

Before it enters Botswana, the river drops 4 m in a series of rapids known as Popa Falls, visible when the river is low, as during the dry season.[1]

Discharging to an endorheic basin, the Okavango does not have an outlet to the sea. Instead, it empties into a swamp in the Kalahari Desert, known as the Okavango Delta or Okavango Alluvial Fan. In the rainy season, an outflow to the Boteti River in turn seasonally discharges to the Makgadikgadi Pans, which features an expansive area of rainy-season wetland where tens of thousands of flamingos congregate each summer.[2] Part of the river's flow fills Lake Ngami. Noted for its wildlife, the Okavango area contains Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve.

During colder periods in Earth's history, a part of the Kalahari was a massive lake, known as Lake Makgadikgadi. In this time, the Okavango would have been one of its largest tributaries.

Water conflict

Both Namibia and Botswana experience drought, and as a result, concerns have been expressed about possible conflict over use of the river's water. Namibia has built a water canal, measuring about 300 km long, and has proposed a project to build a 250-km pipeline to divert water from the river into Namibia to help relieve the drought.[3][4]

Botswana, however, uses the Okavango Delta for both tourism income and a water source. The Department of Water Affairs in Botswana has submitted that 97% of the water in the river is lost through evaporation, so the country cannot afford to lose any extra water.

Namibia, in turn, has argued that it will only divert half of one percent of the river's flow, and that it is entitled to any water that flows through its country. To deal with such issues, in September 1994, Angola, Namibia, and Botswana signed an agreement to form the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission, to provide advice to the three countries about the best ways to share the Okavango River's resources.[4][3]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Okavangorivier
azərbaycanca: Okavanqo çayı
беларуская: Акаванга
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Акаванга (рака)
български: Окаванго
bosanski: Okavango
brezhoneg: Okavango
català: Okavango
čeština: Okavango
Cymraeg: Afon Okavango
Deutsch: Okavango
eesti: Okavango
español: Okavango
Esperanto: Okavango
euskara: Okavango
français: Okavango
한국어: 오카방고강
հայերեն: Օկավանգո
hrvatski: Okavango
Bahasa Indonesia: Sungai Okavango
íslenska: Okavangofljót
italiano: Okavango
Kiswahili: Okavango
latviešu: Okavango
lietuvių: Okavangas
magyar: Okavango
македонски: Окаванго
Nederlands: Okavango
norsk: Okavango
occitan: Okavango
português: Rio Cubango
română: Okavango
саха тыла: Окаванго
slovenčina: Okavango
slovenščina: Okavango
српски / srpski: Окаванго
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Okavango
svenska: Okavango
Türkçe: Okavango Nehri
українська: Окаванґо
Tiếng Việt: Sông Okavango