Photo of the day – Deception Valley

Deception Valley is the course of an ancient river that once flowed in Botswana.

The river may have been a tributary of the vast ancient lake that once covered much of the central plateau but now it a place of waving grass where herds of springbok and gemsbok gather.

During the rainy season when the grass in the valley is lush and green the site of thousands of animals can make you forget how dry the area is in general.

Despite being in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Deception Valley is grassed and lies between wooded dunes.

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This habitat provides for wildlife year round, even during the dry season when there is no surface water.

St Francis Bay photographer Clive Wright took this photo in Deception Valley while on a recent trip to Botswana.