Kunene River Expedition, Spring 2018
In the spring of 2018, I will be conducting a fast packing expedition along the Kunene River in Namibia, Africa. My journey will start from Epupa Falls, to the Atlantic Ocean, and back again- covering nearly 300 miles. I will be crossing two mountain ranges, a number of wildlife rich valleys, and the sand dunes of the famed Skeleton coast. The purpose of the expedition is to draw attention to the remote and rich Kunene River, which has been under constant threat from a proposed Mega-Hydroelectric Dam. The regions native people, the Himba, have been vocal against the dam's construction, as it might have serious implications on their traditional landscape along the river; the only permanent water-source in the arid region of south-west Africa.
Gear list will be ultra minimal, with the intention of moving fast, and light. I will be bringing my Nikon DSLR camera with a couple of lenses, to document the wildlife I find- in particular, the endemic bird species. Crocodiles are a real threat at water's edge. Due to the steep canyon drops in many places, I will be bringing a drum water container, attached to a rope, which will enable me to draw water without having to down-climb dangerous canyons, and risk falling into the croc infested water. There have been previous rafting expeditions the full length of the Kunene, but I feel travelling on foot, with a camera, is the most intimate way to get to know the area, and to document it before the developement threats become a reality.