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Okavango Expedition 2013: Mission Completed!

  Okavango Expedition 2013 at the Okavango River Lodge where we ended the expedition. We did 51 km that day and shattered all previous records for distance travelled in one day! (Paul Steyn)

Okavango Expedition 2013: Leaving “Mother Okavango”…

The “Mother Okavango”, the beating heart of the delta, did not want to let us go. She held us to her abundant bosom for almost two weeks. We entered her wilderness using a secret mokoro trail known only by two baYei living in Jedibe, a backdoor left open for people like us. People interested in…

Two Emerging Explorers Team Up To Share a Live Expedition

Steve Boyes and Jer Thorp have teamed up to share the 2013 Okavango Wetland Bird Survey across the Okavango Delta with the world in real-time. Follow every step of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute’s research team as they explore a new route across the Okavango Delta that will reveal the secrets of wetland birds at an…

Okavango Expedition 2013: We are lost in the Okavango Delta

From Steve Boyes’ expedition diary (@drsteveboyes): Every great expedition through the ages gets lost… If we didn’t we would not be pushing the boundaries of science and exploration. We would not be discovering something new. We are currently undertaking the first, most comprehensive scientific survey across the Okavango Delta in mokoros in September ever undertaken.…

Okavango Expedition 2013: The Greatest Day Ever

From Steve Boyes’ Expedition Diary (@drsteveboyes): The best day we have ever had on expedition… Thousands of birds in 1022 GPS-marked sightings over 9 hours of poling down narrow channels filled with crocodile, hippo and the abundance of life. We had to portage many times today to pass by large, immovable pods of hippo. We…

Okavango Expedition 2013: The Hippo Whisperers

From Steve Boyes’ (@drsteveboyes) expedition diary: After the massive release of leaving the dry floodplains from the last few days, it was very difficult to deal with the series of hippo encounters we had this morning. The research team was hoping to drift down the channel counting birds and recuperating from five days of physical…

Okavango Expedition 2013: The Greatest Moment of All

Frustrated after days pushing fully-loaded mokoros across dry floodplains always looking for flowing water and the path we know. Nothing, no water… We were recording two or three birds an hour and the searing heat is making the tablet cut out. “Frustrated” just doesn’t capture it. Begging for it to stop is maybe better. Doing…

Okavango Expedition 2013: Still Stuck and in Search of Water

I love this delta deeply, but have we been had today? Tired out and burnt by a place that will make your way impossible if no animals are welcome. This wilderness knows how to recuperate after thousands of animals and insects have feasted, dispersed, pollinated and fertilized. We have now demonstrated that most of the…

Okavango Expedition 2013: Knee Deep in Swamp For Three Days…

  Too tired to write a post… Been lost all day, no birds in the swamps, and spent almost 10 hours today towing “mokoros” through papyrus and reeds. Follow our footsteps at intotheokavango.org Full update tomorrow on how the research is going…   Powered by sat4rent.co.za, digitalpeppa.co.za, Suunto and wildbirdtrust.com  

Okavango Expedition 2013: Into the Wild Okavango

Join us now on www.intotheokavango.org and be part of our live experiences during the Okavango Expedition 2013. Follow our progress live as our personal locator beacon locates us every hour. All wildlife sightings, quotes, beacon data and geo data is updated every day. We have not seen the representation of the data that we are…

Okavango Expedition 2013: On the Edge of Wilderness

Eleven wattled cranes, hundreds of spur-winged geese, saddle-billed stork everywhere, cormorants, egrets, a multitude of fish eagles, and a whiskered tern fishing in front of a blood red sun… On the edge of the wilderness again and all on the research team are transfixed by the scene, this wonderful Okavango Delta. In a way all…

Okavango Expedition 2013: Beyond the People’s Delta

In the words of Aldo Leopold: “Wilderness is a resource that can shrink, but not grow… the creation of wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible”. As we travel deeper into the Okavango Delta you cannot help but feel that you are going deeper into the wilderness. The number of birds in…

Okavango Expedition 2013: Lost

From the dairy of Paul Steyn – expedition writer “We are lost. We may have to sleep in the mokoros tonight.” I could not tell if GB was joking. I was fairly certain he was serious about being lost though. We’d been paddling for eight hours, the sun was about to set, and we still…

Okavango Expedition 2013: On the Edge of The Delta

After a frantic year of meetings, symposia and travel, we have arrived. We are now in a place called Etsha 13, a small village on the edge of the Okavango Delta. This new launch site was chosen for the next three years of research due to the establishment of a new base at Weboro Lagoon.…