King of the Delta
Photograph by Roy Toft
A male African lion wanders Botswana's Okavango Delta, part of a new international conservation area that will be the world's largest, organizers announced earlier this month.
Photograph by James L. Stanfield
Situated on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls (pictured) is the world's largest waterfall and is easily accessible to tourists. (See more waterfall pictures.)
Photograph by Michael PolizaSilhouetted by the morning sun, antelope graze in Zambia's Kafue National Park, part of the newly launched conservation area.
Photograph by Beverly JoubertA young African elephant nuzzles another in Botswana's Okavango Delta. KAZA now shelters approximately 325,000 elephants—nearly half of the continent's total population.
Photograph by David Doubilet, National GeographicA diver explores an underwater cavern created by floating papyrus in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
Lunch on the Go
Photograph by Roy ToftThe new conservation area is home to more than 600 species of birds, such as the European bee-eater, seen above catching a snack in Botswana's Okavango Delta. (See a picture of an Okavango sunset submitted to National Geographic Traveler's 2011 photo contest.)
Photograph by Chris JohnsThousands of species will be given new freedom to roam throughout KAZA, including cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, wild dogs, lions, buffalo, hippos, and leopards. (Pictured, a cheetah racing through Botswana's Okavango Delta.)
Pretty in Pink
Photograph by Beverly JoubertA flock of lesser flamingos gathers on Botswana's Chobe River, which runs through Chobe National Park (map), now part of KAZA.
Hippos From the Air
Photograph by Michael FayHippos dot the clear water of Namibia's Upper Okavango River.
Poaching is still a struggle in many parts of KAZA. (Related: "Elephant Pictures: Killed Female Highlights Poaching Rise.")
Hyena at Sunset
Photograph by Pete McBrideA spotted hyena surveys a watering hole in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
Birds of a Feather
Photograph by George SteinmetzCattle egrets congregate in trees in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
Photograph by Beverly JoubertLionesses feed at night in Botswana's Okavango Delta.