The people who call paradise home
Photograph by Kyle Neil Gordon
The communities near the Okavango’s headwaters are mainly of Bantu descent, with a heavy Portuguese influence on their beliefs and customs. Many villages the expedition team visited were first established in the 1940s, but abandoned during Angola’s civil war, with communities returning only after the war ended in 2002.
Photograph by Cory Richards
The research team has surveyed numerous vehicle tracks and motorbike paths in partnership with the HALO Trust, a humanitarian de-mining NGO working to open up access to these remote villages and source lakes. The team conducted preliminary socioeconomic surveys in the villages visited in the core study area to understand the status of healthcare, education, livelihoods, and wildlife and to assess historical records.
Globe by Martin Gamache, Art of the Mappable
photographs by Kyle Neil Gordon (Children); Chris Boyes (“Water”), GÖTZ NEEF (“Biodiversity”), Kostadin Luchansky (“Community”).