In 2015, a team of scientists, accompanied by a National Geographic film crew, began an epic four-month expedition into one of earth’s last wildernesses. Their destination—the headwaters of the Okavango River Basin at the source of the Cuito River in south east Angola.
Home to a rich array of wildlife and providing water for over a million people, the Okavango is under threat. Travelling through previously unchartered territory, the team’s mission was to collect vital scientific data so plans can be developed to protect the river basin and the lives that depend upon it.
To arrive at the upper reaches of the Cuito River, they had to pass through vast areas of remote bush where landmines, the legacy of Angola’s civil war, remain beneath the earth. With our long-standing role in clearing mines in Angola, National Geographic called on HALO to provide safe passage and support.
On Earth Day, the resultant film ‘Into the Okavango,’ directed by Neil Gelinas, premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Capturing the intimate details of the expedition, the film portrays not only the urgent need to conserve this unique biodiversity but that this can only be achieved if all the landmines are removed.
Watch below: ‘The Land at the End of the Earth,’ an exclusive film produced by National Geographic about HALO’s work in Angola.
Find out more about the World Premiere of ‘Into the Okavango’ at the Tribeca Film Festival:
Photographs: Kostadin Luchanski | National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project | www.natgeo.org/okavango