The salt marshes are boggy, wet and — to all outward appearances — devoid of intelligent life. Tall grasses and reeds choke the bogs, with lowlying shrubs and scattered margrove, willow and thorn acacia. The vegetation is high and dense, and it is very difficult to see more than a few yards distant.
The marsh abounds with sea birds and marsh fowl and many varieties of small lizards; there are also large numbers of butterflies, dragonflies, blackflies and mosquitos, while fish and frogs will be seen in the many streams and pools. From dusk to early morning the marshes and adjacent coastal waters will be wreathed in thick but low-lying mists. There are many pools and meres of varying depth within the marshes, mostly shallow though a few are deep, and small streams run between and connect these together. None of these, nor the marshes themselves, are of a sufficient depth or magnitude upon which to sail a boat. The mouth of the river that flows through the marsh is chocked by a muddy delta which is impassable by any boat.