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The Okavango Delta is one of the largest freshwater wetlands in southern Africa, the main source of water for a million people, and one of Africa’s richest places for biodiversity. Since 2015, National Geographic Fellow Dr. Steve Boyes and an interdisciplinary team of scientists and explorers have been surveying the river system and working to protect the Okavango watershed.

What's at Stake

Photo illustration of aquatic plants

The lifeblood of the landscape

Photo illustration of aquatic grasses, Okavango Delta

The extravagant richness of an untamed world

Photo illustration of child, Okavango Wilderness Project

The people who call paradise home

The Expeditions

Map by NGS Staff; Martin Gamache, Art of the Mappable

2015 Expedition
1 ——— 
May-Sept.: Source to Sand Megatransect
2016 Expeditions
2 ——— Feb.-April: Source Lakes Cuito Cuanavale
3 ——— July-Aug.: Source Lakes Kembo Cuando
4——— August-Sept.: Annual Delta Crossing
5 ——— 
Oct.-Nov.: Source Lakes Science

2017 Expeditions
6 ——— April-May: Source Lake Survey
7 ——— May-July: Cubango Megatransect
4——— August: Annual Delta Crossing
2018 Expeditions
8———  May-June: Kembo River Megatransect
9———  May-August: Cuando River Megatransect
4———September: Annual Delta Crossing


Into the Okavango is a documentary film about the Okavango Wilderness Project
from National Geographic Documentary Films. 

Watch the trailer


In partnership with Google, our Google Voyager story uses the newly visualized Human Impact data and provides on-the-ground data and storytelling from National Geographic’s Okavango Wilderness Project expeditions to show how we can better protect the natural resources and wildlife of regions like the Okavango watershed.

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Photograph by James Kydd


A Planet in Balance

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Satellite map source: NASA, HydroSHEDS; Satellite map credit: Martin Gamache, Art of the Mappable; Expedition map source: HydroSHEDS; Expedition Map credit: Martin Gamache, Art of the Mappable; Photographs by Chris Boyes (“Water”), GÖTZ NEEF (“Biodiversity”), Kostadin Luchansky/Angola Image Bank (“Community”).

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