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Join Live Twitter Chat With Explorers in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango delta is possibly as close as Earth comes to having an actual “Land That Time Forgot.”

Its waters are undammed and ebb and flow as nature dictates.

The largest animals left on land are everywhere.

The only signs of humanity visible or audible are those you yourself bring there.

A data point marks the position of the team as they enter the sprawling wildness of the Okavango delta itself. (Image courtesy intotheokavango.org)

For the past three months though, a small team of scientists, engineers, and local Ba’Yei guides and experts led by National Geographic explorer Steve Boyes has been making its way through this watery paradise in traditional dugout canoes and broadcasting the sights, sounds, and ideas surrounding them through social media and intotheokavango.org.

Whether you’ve been following along or not, now’s your chance to speak directly to the team. Join them all August 26 at 12 p.m. EDT, for a live Twitter chat by following @intotheokavango and @NatGeoLive and tweeting your questions with #NatGeoLive. You can start by retweeting their own post below.

Smoke from wildfires rises from the banks of the river and seems to reignite in the glow of the sun. (Photo by James Kydd)
Smoke from wildfires rises from the banks of the river and seems to reignite in the glow of the sun. (Photo by James Kydd)
In the mean time, get yourself in the zone by sitting back and listening to the sounds of a celebration with the families of the Ba’Yei team members when the crew crossed over from the hundreds of miles of river they’d followed and into the delta itself, spreading out over hundreds of miles more and visible with the naked eye from the International Space Station.
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.

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