When we heard that Lake Xau was full we just had to go and see it for ourselves.
Lake Xau is filled, not every year, by the Boteti river, which is an overflow from the Okavango Delta. Rain waters, from the Angolan highlands take months to reach the Okavango and it is only at this time of the year does the water reach the Boteti River. See my post So Where does the Boteti River go
It was amazing how many vegetation types we went through, some showing signs of new spring growth and others still looking dead.
Leaving the tar road at Mokobaxana we headed through an area where you couldn’t believe anything could survive, but then, when we got closer to Lake Xau we went through a zone where spring had arrived in full force.
There is nothing more beautiful than the Mopane tree’s new leaves, with colours of various shades of oranges and reds, almost making the bush look as if it was on fire. Wild flowers were also blossoming, it was just so beautiful.
I was excited about seeing the water. We rounded the last corner and there was Lake Xau – DRY – totally dry. We couldn’t believe it – we were told it was full – there was no water at all.
It is at this village where we joined up with the main tar road from Maun to Orapa. It is also very close to where the road crosses the Boteti River.
The river was reasonably full at this point, so the water was on its way to Lake Xau.
Heading back towards Mopipi we found a track and headed off road to see if we could find water and to our delight we soon found a flowing Boteti River, which was also full at that point.
We took out our chairs and cool box and enjoyed a few lemonades on the water’s edge. Plenty of horses, cows and donkeys were drinking and the birdlife was rich. Sue was even brave enough to swim, I just put my feet in the water.
It was stunning to see the river flowing and next weekend we will venture back into the area to see how it progressing towards Lake Xau.