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Yesterday only one person was interested in the interior of beautiful Otto Wagner's church in Vienna. I was so disappointed. Maybe the picture was not good? So I have deleted the pic and changed the continent :). Nothing happened (sorry Sergio :)). I have other photos. But it is sad that the activity is so low now.

UNESCO just announced its 1000th World Heritage Site—the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The 2.3 million hectare marshy landscape is unique because it floods each year during the dry season. Some of the world's most endangered and beloved species of large mammals live there, including white and black rhinos, lions and cheetahs. All told, around 200,000 species of mammals, 400 types of birds and 70 different fish species live there, making up one of sub-Saharan Africa's most diverse ecosystems. The Okavango Delta is designated as a protected area, but conservationists are hoping that, with the new UNESCO listing, Botswana will up its protection ante, the African Wildlife Foundation says. The listing will likely increase tourist interest in visiting the area, and the revenue those visitors bring could boost the odds of more of the area being declared off-limits to development. More anti-wildlife poaching efforts are also given to protected areas.
The inland Okavango Delta, one of the natural sites selected, doesn't empty into a sea or ocean. The Okavango River floods during bone-dry winter months and is home to the largest elephant population in the world. Flood waters draw buffalo, giraffes, zebras, elephants, lions, cheetahs, rhinoceros, both black and white species, and other animals.
The African delta is vital to hundreds of bird species, fish and plants too that rely on the marshlands and seasonal floods for survival.
One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the river Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronised their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods," the U.N. World Heritage statement says. (from Internet news)

The are very few photos from this marvelous place. It may seem just marsh land like we have even in Poland, but where you can see very close and in wild elephants and hippos?
We travelled there ECO-friendly. To move around we used these dugout boats - so called mokoros, camped in tents on an uninhabited island, left the place in a state we had coming there. The local people from the villages were our guides and polers (it means, they used long poles when moving the boats). They were very friendly nice guys. Here you can see one of our guides and mokoros full of our camping equipments.

As to UNESCO sites, this is number 1000, the list contains now 1,007 sites in 161 countries. I "collect" the sites, but they escape me. I have visited only 277 places.

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