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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 10 563 square miles. Trapped in the arid Kalahari sands, it’s 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, 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.

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