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THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the Kalahari basin, the Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over 10 500 square miles. Trapped in the arid sands of the Kalahari Desert, it is a magnet for the teeming wildlife that depends on its life-nourishing waters. Rising in the highlands of central Angola, the Okavango River flows about 1 600 km southeast across the Caprivi Strip to form the Okavango basin in the Kalahari. Described as “the river which never finds the sea”, the river disappears into a maze of lagoons, channels, and islands to form its signature fan shape in north-western Botswana.

Its scale and sheer magnificence helped the Okavango Delta secure a listing as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, which were officially declared on February 11 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania and on June 22, 2014, the world’s largest inland delta was officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 2019 has been the driest year the Okavango has experienced in almost 9 decades. Water levels depend greatly on the rains coming out of Angola and it seems like 2024 we are experiencing the same.

THE ULTIMATE PARADISE...

And, to keep our unique habitat preserved for future generations, for every course we run for international students we give something back to local communities by sponsoring deserving local guides. Last year we donated more than USD 50,000 in training to local communities who are ultimately the custodians of one of Africa’s last remaining true wilderness areas.

The Academy caters for anyone deeply curious about nature eager to embark on a life-changing journey of self-discovery as they gain a deeper understanding of themselves, through their interactions with nature in a pristine African wilderness setting. Our courses are designed for the active nature lovers who know exactly what they want—the rolled-up-sleeves kind of guy or gal who can’t wait for the next adventure, and who’s willing to forgo the trappings of comfort to achieve it on their terms.

WITH THE ULTIMATE PRICE

There is a cost of living in one of the most beautiful natural wilderness areas in the world. Nature is in a fine balance here and when the scale is tipped, the changes are felt. 

Whether this drought has been largely influenced by climate change or shifting plate tectonics, the Okavango Delta is facing one of the worst droughts in at least 65 years. 

Broadly speaking, the Okavango Delta drains onto the Kalahari Desert floor where it is absorbed back into the earth. But in a land of extreme contrast (flooding season and dry season), when one of those elements is taken away, the impact is felt by all the inhabitants.

This short video from our Director explains what this drought means to us and the animals.

Creating boreholes is beyond our scope of business here at AGA, but we are left with no choice. It is a desperate time.

 

But as custodians and protectors of the land we have decided to invest in them with the generous help from you.

If you feel that this worthy cause is something you would like to invest in, every cent counts. 

Follow this pay link and donate with the reference "BH + Your Nameto make a lasting positive impact on the animals and people here at Kwapa Training Camp and African Guide Academy.

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