One of the greatest rivers of the world, the INDUS of Pakistan, does not end its arduous journey by simply disgorging itself rapidly into the Arabian Sea. All contraire, a great part of the last remains of melted snow and glaciers of the hinterland meander through a plethora of creeks; and around a literal maze of assorted islands, mudflats and sandbars which occupy 6000,000 hectares and over 100 kilometers of Pakistan’s coast. This area is known as the Indus Delta.
The bustling metropolis of greater Karachi (chief port and most populous and large city of Pakistan) lies of the northwesterly fringes of the Indus Delta. Unbeknown to most, this Delta and it’s very peculiar terrain offer a perfect opportunity to explore and examine one of the greatest but least known marvels of nature, a DELTA ECO-SYSTEM, before it gets lost to the incumbent ravages of civilization and changing environment. The Indus Delta is also rich in history. Archaeological remains of the last three millennia, from, the time of Alexander the Great (who traversed these very shores), manifest the truth.
The Delta is, in the first instance, an ode to nature. Here, in the immense net of creeks around its countless islands, the once fast-moving water of the Indus spreads out and converges upon the sea on a vast scale. Fresh (so to speak) water meets with salty seawater and lends an ideal environment for the cultivation and growth of a unique tree: the MANGROVE. Mangroves survive and grow in seawater but do best in areas where the sea mixes with fresh water. This exotic tree covers almost 160,000 hectares of the Indus Delta.
This Delta is probably the largest continous area of arid-climate-mangroves in the world. It is one of the most remarkable yet forgotten of the ecosystems found in Pakistan; a green and peaceful wilderness close to an otherwise dusty and crowded metropolis. Increasingly under threat, from constricted fresh-water flows down the Indus and from overexploitation for firewood and fodder, the mangrove swamps are no longer regarded as wasteland. The World Conservation Union (I.U.C.N) has been working in the area for many years and is focusing its activities on saving the mangroves through resource-management techniques and on ensuring their growth via educational awareness-programmes and activities for the locals. Mangroves are important because they protect the coastline from erosion by the elements; they provide nursery grounds for many commercial fish especially shrimp and prawn; they provide fuel wood for coastal villages while their leaves make ideal fodder for domestic animals; and, because they provide, especially in winter, feeding grounds for many birds and animal species.
Trans-Pakistan Adventure Services have traversed the area and are pleased to announce the availability, for the first time in Pakistan, of a One-Day tour or a Two-Day tour (with overnight camp) dubbed as THE INDUS DELTA MANGROVE SAFARI.
These Trips are also offered in combination with Jeep-Safaris, etc. For further details or queries on the SAFARIS