Returning to the source lakes of the Cuito and Cuanavale Rivers that the full team had explored a few months earlier, a four-man team led by Chris Boyes set out to retrace earlier paths and cover new terrain.
They also headed further east to explore the catchments of the Cuando and Kembo Rivers, though they did not explore the rivers themselves.
Starting among similar marshy lakes, these two rivers also follow a similar path, flowing southeast and eventually combining and then fanning out into wetlands of their own. Shortly before they would reach the Okavango Delta though, the land rises and forces the waters east. There they join the Zambezi and eventually flow into the Indian Ocean—showing the far-reaching significance of protecting the rain catchment of the Angolan highlands.
Map by Martin Gamache, Art of the Mappable
Photographs by Chris Boyes (cyclist); GÖTZ NEEF (solar panel/boat).