Okavango Wilderness Project: 2018 Cuando River MegatransectApril 5 2018
After already paddling 4000km of river within the Okavango River Basin since 2015, the Okavango Wilderness Project continues its research and exploration of the Greater Okavango-Zambezi System by following the waters of the Cuando River, approximately 2000km, from their source in the Angolan Highlands, through Angola and Zambia, down to where they dissipate into the Linyanti Swamps of Botswana and Nambia.
This is one of the remotest regions in Africa, and with our team of scientists, explorers and storytellers, we strive to share the unique beauty and significance of this pristine area. Please join us here and on our Instagram @intotheokavango and Facebook Okavango Wilderness Project platforms to get the whole story!
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The National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project is a research and exploration project, gathering the relevant baseline data in order to support the current and proposed protection, conservation and socio-economic upliftment within this undeveloped system.
The project was borne from the Okavango Wetland Bird Survey, a 9-year annual research survey started by Steve Boyes in 2010. The aim was to document the wetland birds along a transect across the Okavango Delta, north to south, from dug-out canoes (makoro), and use the wetland bird to gauge the health of the system. In 2013, Steve Boyes was made an Emerging Explorer with the National Geographic Society, and the awareness around this project of small beginnings was rapidly growing. Our own awareness of this incredible, pristine system was also rapidly growing over years, and with this the growing need to know more about where this water originates. Come 2015, with the support of the National Geographic Society, we were heading up to the Angolan Highlands to learn more about where this water comes from, and to follow its flow 2500km, through 3 countries, the Okavango Delta and ending in the desert, the Okavango Wilderness Project is born! Since the 2015 megatransect of the entire Okavango system along the Cuito River, 2500km, the project has surveyed the Cuanavale and Cubango Rivers, a further 1500km of river, and spent months in the landscape learning more about the flora, fauna and people of this region.