Wednesday, 18 June 2014



Art. # 275


Triggering Travelling

Photos and text by Stefan Rust

(In terms of the Geneva Convention the copyright of these texts belongs to Stefan Rust)


Traveling with BirdsConTour gives reason to scream out loud full of joy, because our mission is: Welfare and conservation through traveling! Doesn’t that give you peace of mind while exploring the world?

It is appropriate to add this ‘Triggering Travelling’ space to the Words of Feather editions, electronic and paper. Up till this stage BirdsConTour has grown so well that people are longing to read about fascinating aspects that one can encounter while travelling. The wonderful thing about this column is that BirdsConTour will be writing about a broad spectrum of subjects, some you might have come across while travelling, sending you down memory lane, or some subjects that might trigger your interest in wanting to pack your travel suitcase and head off to new experiences.
BirdsConTour has travel experience all around the globe:
Ecuador-Galapagos, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Germany

Botswana – a brief history

Magma erupted from deep below onto the surface about 90 million years ago, creating huge craters, leaving solidified fissures of rock or kimberlite pipes, now supplying Botswana with diamond wealth. During this time the Limpopo River drained the vast northern region of southern Africa. But when around 60 million years ago an uplift began to cut off the Limpopo River, inflowing water accumulated north of the rising ridge, forming the Makgadikgadi depression. Simultaneously rainfall in the interior of southern Africa was reduced by a natural reorganization of the continents through that Antarctica became isolated and the southern oceans cooled, leading to a high-pressure system cutting off the moisture supply from the Atlantic. This resulted in the development of grassland and in response the herbivores began to diversify.
Some 20 million years ago, the rift faults of the encroaching East African rift have routed the Okavango River into an 1.5 million ha sized fan known as the Okavango Delta. Environmental changes in the last 2 million years, fluctuating from being wet and dry, caused the 60 000 square kilometer large Makgadikgadi lake to fill up or being dry as for now. Sometime in this period human appeared on stage as stone tools document, dating back hundreds of thousands of years. Some 2 000 years ago people with domestic cattle arrived and up till today the domestic cattle has remained.

Okavango Delta                            Cattle                                                  Diamond – A girls best friend

Today Botswana’s tourist industry depends on these cattle, kimberlite diamonds, and the grassland-adapted herbivores with their natural hunters and the country’s myriad ethnic groups.

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