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Okavango Delta Voted 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Botswana’s Okavango Delta was voted in as the planet’s 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site today. Our project partner Dr Karen Ross and the Minister for Environment Tshekedi Khama were present at the announcement and are celebrating this momentous achievement in Doha.Here is the official UNESCO press release: http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1159 Please share this news with as many…

UNESCO World Heritage Committee Vote On Okavango Delta Today!

Please post your comments in support of UNESCO World Heritage Listing for Botswana’s Okavango Delta below this blog! Here is a message from our Okavango Wilderness Project partner, Dr Karen Ross (African Wildlife Foundation/Wilderness Foundation/ Deustche Umwelthilfe), currently in Doha (Qatar) with the Botswana delegation for today’s vote: The big moment for the Okavango Delta has…

2013 Okavango Expedition: Amazing Video Footage From Paradise (Part 3)

Here is the 3rd instalment of a critically-acclaimed Afrikaans-language nature series on the 2013 Okavango Expedition undertaken by the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology and Wild Bird Trust. This local South African language has origins in Dutch over 400 years ago, so use the subtitles to keep up between English interviews. This insert explains…

Sold Up The River? Hydro Power Threat Re-Opens Debate

Experts agree that the Popa Falls Hydro Power Project on the Okavango River in Namibia will a catastrophic impact on Africa’s soon-to-be newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the world’s largest, wildest inland delta. Namibia is signatory to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (1971). This intergovernmental treaty provides for national action and international co-operation in…

Wilderness Cannot Be Restored Or Recreated. Only Destroyed.

“Wilderness cannot be restored or recreated. Only destroyed. We are just about to lose our last glimpses into prehistory that connect us to eternity and remember a time before modern man.” (Steve Boyes)

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #20

“Okavango”, “Serengeti”, “Masai Mara”, “Zambezi”, “Kruger” and “Kafue”. These are some of the wildest places left and have hidden within them “wilderness” that can take those who visit it back in time on a powerful journey that explores our place on this blue-and-green planet. In this amazing collection of photographs is a glimpse into the…

Into The Okavango: Unique View Into 2013 Okavango Expedition

In September 2013, we embarked on our most challenging crossing of the Okavango Delta… The research data set we achieved over 15 days and 338km using a bespoke Android App was the most comprehensive ever and was shared in real-time via an open API and up-to-date satellite image. This 10-minute video documents an impossible expedition across dry,…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #19

“Okavango”, “Serengeti”, “Masai Mara”, “Zambezi”, “Kruger” and “Kafue”. These are some of the wildest places left and have hidden within them “wilderness” that can take those who visit it back in time on a powerful journey that explores our place on this blue-and-green planet. In this amazing collection of photographs is a glimpse into the…

2013 Okavango Expedition: Amazing Video Footage From Paradise (Part 2)

“How do you describe this place to people that have never been into the central wilderness of the Okavango Delta? How do you share the overwhelming feeling of alertness and vitality brought on by the realisation that you are surrounded by animals that far more powerful than you are? Faster, stronger, more agile and, of…

2013 Okavango Expedition: Amazing Video Footage From Paradise (Part 1)

We have now crossed the Okavango Delta on dug-out canoes or “mokoros” four times as part of the most in-depth study of the Okavango Delta’s abundant birdlife ever undertaken. This ground-breaking study by the Percy FitzPatrick Institute is establishing the data necessary to use 71 wetland bird species as indicators of significant change in the hydrology,…

Dr Karen Ross: Champion of the Okavango Delta!

A childhood spent in Kenya fostered in Karen Ross a love of Africa and a passion for nature. She has a doctorate in wildlife ecology from Edinburgh University and has spent most of her life working in Africa, mainly in the Okavango Delta. Author of Okavango: Jewel of the Kalahari, her book was first published as…

Okavango Expedition 2012: Our First Unassisted Crossing of Okavango Delta…

In June 2012, my brother, marine biologist Chris Boyes, and I embarked on our first-unassisted crossing of the Okavango Delta as part of the 2012 Okavango Wetland Bird Survey. To support our ongoing research my wife, Dr Kirsten Wimberger, joined the expedition in the front dug-out canoe (“mokoro”) with me to lead up all research.…

Inspired By Nature: Build Up 2012 Expedition…

By December 2011, my brother, marine biologist Chris Boyes, and I were already training for our first unassisted crossing of the Okavango Delta. This was planned for June 2012 as part of the 2012 Okavango Wetland Bird Survey. It was the biggest challenge we had ever faced and the excitement and nerves in the months leading…

TED/Okavango Update On Local Radio Station

Yesterday, just after 5pm during rush hour traffic across South Africa I answered two quick questions about being a 2014 TED Fellow and crossing the Okavango Delta without any assistance for the fourth time on the “Celebrity Express” with Catherine Grenfell on 5FM’s “Fresh Drive”. This is one of the most popular radio shows in South Africa…

Tsodilo: Mining Between 2 World Heritage Sites?

On three occasions between 12th and 15th September 2013, the 2013 Okavango Wetland Bird Survey expedition team witnessed a SPECTREM2000 fixed wing aircraft flying very low over one of the remotest wilderness areas in southern Africa with magnetometers and sensors deployed. This aircraft was over 100 kilometres from the iron ore formation being explored by Tsodilo Resources Limited between Shakawe…