Okavango

In observance of World Wetlands Day, National Geographic salutes the heroic work of the Okavango Wilderness Project, working to preserve the largest freshwater wetland in Southern Africa — and the main source of water for a million people.  Spanning southern Angola, Namibia, and northern Botswana, the Okavango Basin is one of Africa’s richest places for biodiversity,...

This is the first post from the 2017 delta crossing expedition of the Okavango Wilderness Project. Relive previous trips, see photos and videos, and explore the adventures through maps. By Luke Manson I’m sitting in a tree on an island outside the Okavango Delta. It’s sizable enough that I can be a responsible adult climbing out onto...

What a journey, but we have arrived! After tackling our way through the forest, many fallen trees in the road, we have arrived at the source lake of the Cuito river. The team has jumped to it and put together our camp to be able to survey the underwater environment of this pristine freshwater system....

We’re on our way! It’s incredible to be back up in the central eastern highlands of Angola to continue the essential work towards protecting this ecologically important region. Our focus this expedition is to deepen our relationship with the communities of this remote area, to continue the documentation the land fauna, and to explore the...

Photo courtesy Liz Hilton When they put the sticker on the Land Cruiser, you know things are about to get good. The first expedition for 2017 of the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project is about to begin, and the final preparations are being made as the team loads up gear for a new season of exploration...

Steve Boyes is a conservation biologist and National Geographic explorer. He is dedicated to the preservation of the Okavango Delta, the last wetland wilderness in Africa. He and his brother, Chris Boyes, led an expedition over 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) down the length of the Okavango River in 2015. Bringing together expedition, science, and documentary...

Paddling, paddling, paddling, paddling! We made good distance today down the panhandle. #okavango15 http://t.co/Chr3EUiZQU — Into the Okavango (@intotheokavango) August 13, 2015 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...

“Life in us is like the water in a river.” Henry David Thoreau The Okavango is the beating heart of Africa, home to an estimated 50% of the world’s elephants, most of the world’s hippo, and crucial populations of many other keystone species. There is no wilder place on earth: this is the Africa of...

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“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi Earlier this month many of us, delighting in the tradition of fresh starts, aligned the 1st of January with change in...

Some of the strongest validation that conservationists get towards the need to protect a certain area comes directly as a result of exploration of that area. Through exploratory expeditions, we get to see the magnificence and scientific significance that these places have to offer. This provides the justification behind many of the political and economic...

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau A good friend once told me that wildlife photography makes him sad. He explained that when he sees images of the wild creatures and unspoiled places his heart aches too deeply at the thought of what he perceives to be...

In late-August, we conducted a 17-day, 340km research expedition in dug-out canoes or “mekoro” across the Okavango Delta. It had taken us almost a week to get to “Out There Island” just 30min before this live Google+ Hangout On Air from the remote wilderness of northern Botswana. We were sitting in the middle of one of...