Travel Tuesday: Okavango Delta, Botswana

Today's Travel Tuesday takes us to Okavango Delta in Botwsana, courtesy of 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day calendar.

In very exciting news from a press release from National Geographic, the Okavango Delta was voted in as the planet’s 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sunday, June 22, 2014. There is also a feature documentary film called Okavango underway. Read below for more information on the film and watch the trailer, from the film's web page

"The objective of Okavango is to ensure that the world understands the importance of the ecological services provided by the Okavango wetland ecosystem before it disappears, and to activate its audience to help achieve UNESCO World Heritage Status. Declaration will not ensure the Okavango Delta remains untouched with the entire catchment vulnerable to development. The film will celebrate the intrinsic value of the vast untouched catchment in Angola that sends down the annual floods to this globally important ecosystem that is visible from space – an emerald gem in the middle of the Kalahari. The campaign linked to the film will advocate for a tri–nation (Angola–Namibia–Botswana) World Heritage Site, proper legislative protection, and a commitment to ecotourism as the economic driver for the region.

This feature length film will share an intimate look at the human experience in wilderness, the ups and downs, the vulnerability and humility, the care and caution, the love, the fear, the frustration, the surrender and dependence on water. The team of explorers will undertake a two month crossing of the Okavango River System from the source in Angola all the way 1,000 miles down the river through Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and into an untouched wilderness in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. They will travel like baYei River Bushmen and be subject to the innate dangers and ultimate consequences of the remote African wilderness basic. They will encounter the worlds largest-remaining populations of elephants, thousands of angry hippos, 15–foot man–eating crocodiles, and some of the last–remaining "super–prides" on earth..." Read more, and click "Photos" to see some incredible animal images.

Read more on 1000 Places to See Before You Die book and calendar line from Workman Publishing and Page-A-Day.

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