Make history and join National Geographic scientists and MT Sobek co-founder Richard Bangs at the life-giving source of the UNESCO-listed Okavango Delta in the first-ever departure safaris to Angola. Explore the rich biodiversity of Africa's iconic wetlands and its critical waterways by boat, with over 1,000 plant species, 480 bird species and 130 mammal species, including the world's largest elephant population. Take to the sky, discovering remote source lakes and floodplains and walk the unexplored Angolan Bush with local tribesmen.
Cover the entire expanse of the Okavango Delta like never before
Embed with Nat Geo resident scientists, discovering the rich biodiversity of the marshlands
Pioneer the unexplored Angolan Bush, remote source lakes and floodplains of the region
Arrive in Maun and embark on a helicopter tour over the expansive Okavango Delta - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the lush scenery and exotic game along the way, before settling into Nxamaseri Camp in the secluded heart of the main Okavango River. Boat safari in the evening for the region's best birdwatching, from Pel's fishing owls to white-backed night herons, and fall asleep to the rapturous rhythms of Africa's wild.
Set course for Angola, capturing Namibia's "Caprivi Strip" and the Miombo woodlands from above, before adventuring to the Source Lakes region. Arrive to our mobile camp on the shores of the Cuanavale and meet National Geographic's team of resident scientists on the ground. Ruminate on the untamed headwaters of the Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando around a campfire as dusk descends.
Spend the day venturing into the unexplored Angolan bush with Nat Geo's team, whose conservation initiative, the Okavango Wilderness Project, has been documenting the fragile region for years, discovering 130 species previously unknown to Angola, 26 species new to science and 75 species potentially new to science.
Embed deeper with Nat Geo's team, immersed in the beauty of the Okavango-Zambezi Water Tower and its complex ecosystem. Marvel at the native flora and fauna, spotting some of its 200,000 wildlife residents.
Pursue the unknown and board a helicopter to visit the remote lakes and floodplains in the central Angolan highlands. Take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of these pristine lakes, and return to camp for an evening of camp fire stories under the epic twilit sky.
Depart for the Cubango, where a protected 500,000-acre reserve straddles the two major Cubango and Cuatir rivers responsible for the Okavango's pulse floods. In this remarkable wild downstream from the Source Lakes, local Stefan van Wyk protects precious wildlife and trees. Set up in our comfortable, thatched bungalows and join a thrilling boat safari, bush walk or game drive.
Begin your morning with a riveting bush walk guided by local tribesmen and track the elegant sitatunga antelope and other diurnal wildlife. In the afternoon, head out on a scenic drive in 4x4 Land Cruisers-this is where nature roams.
Journey to the historic 1980s battlefields of the Angolan Civil War by helicopter, where the plains along the Lombo River are strewn with the remains of tanks and armored personnel carriers. Fly onwards to Botswana, touring the northern floodplains of the Okavango Delta. Arrive to our accommodations overlooking biodiverse lagoons and set off on a leisurely game drive before sunset.
Experience a morning game drive, followed by a sumptuous brunch to round-out your extraordinary African adventure. Return to Maun and connect with departing international flights.
With Richard Bangs
On this exclusive itinerary, join MT Sobek as one of the first "outsiders" to ever visit Angola, a pioneering achievement.
Meet with renowned Nat Geo scientist Chris Boyes in the field and learn about the Okavango Wilderness Project's groundbreaking work.
This trip expertly combines exploration, safaris, history, and conservation, journeying into the wilderness of the world's most important inland delta.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Scenic helicopter tours, safaris by boat and 4x4, bush walks with Nat Geo scientists, and swimming in remote lakes.
Expedition-style mobile camps with simple amenities and campfire dining, punctuated by luxury wilderness lodges at the journey's beginning and end.
Hot summer from October to April with temperatures averaging 80°F. January to March and May September bring cooler temperatures and sporadic rains.
As an exploratory safari, the guides will meet with the guests every evening to plan the following day's activities according to wildlife movement. Each day may have multiple activities and the duration will depend on the conditions in the field. Typically, there will be a morning game drive and an afternoon game drive each day.
The accommodations will be modest, expedition-styled mobile camps. There will be comfortable beds, hot bucket showers and hearty meals shared around campfires.
Angola is teeming with wildlife that has yet to grow accustom to humans. You will follow the trails of the sitatungas and roan in the Cubango Reserve. The Bico area has high concentrations of sable, roan, buffalo and elephants. And scientists are still discovering new species of fauna and flora in the Source Lakes. But as some of the first visitors to these areas, you will need to have an adventurous spirit to find these still timid animals.
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With Richard Bangs
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