#Okavango14: Listen to the Sound of a Golden Okavango Morning

It’s day 12 and the 2014 Okavango Expedition has managed to get to the Boro Channel. We are on a remote island along the main channel enjoying an amazing sunrise over the Okavango Delta. As part of, we have been recording stereo audio clips to share our real-time experiences on this research expedition. This audio recording was made just an hour ago and is now with you to enjoy the morning chorus. The only way to describe the peace and song of the early morning is “spiritual.”


When we, a group of National Geographic explorers, decided to share the 2014 expedition live via, generous satellite data sponsorships from Inmarsat, and the mobile-wifi hotspot of the Iridium GO, we had no idea how rewarding the experience would be. For example, our Google Hangout linked us to a school group that had been following our progress. They wanted to know how to avoid being eaten by a lion and how we keep safe in the wilderness; a first step towards being inspired to explore and protect their blue-green living planet for a better future! Inspiring one child is reason enough for us to do what we are doing. An open-access generation that shares and cares gives me hope…

Our public API is open to anyone immediately. Jer Thorp and his Office for Creative Research out of New York City jumped at the opportunity to break down boundaries and open up this expedition to the world. We are part of the open-source movement and a new world that shares to stimulate positive development and advance society as a whole. Social media has taught us the potential of billions of people connected via the internet. Together we can uplift, restore and protect after hundreds of years of closed socities protecting their interests through restricted access to information and new technologies. Our time is now and a new world is ours to create.

From scientific data to personal biometrics and GPS, data is being uploaded in real-time to an open API, making this our first “live-data expedition.” The world is changing and inspiration now comes from direct involvement and open access. We have the unique opportunity this decade to share our experiences in remote wilderness areas with millions of people around the world. It is live, digital storytelling—living, experiential, live-data expeditions.

What began as a daily expedition blog via National Geographic NewsWatch has become a mission to share and inspire a new generation of “live-data” explorers for the good of the planet.

Please follow the rest of our expedition via! We will be finishing on the second of September…

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  1. Nancy Hill
    Austin Tx
    January 4, 2015, 3:53 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us these beautiful sounds that awaken the sacredness of being alive that is at the core of every man, woman and child.

  2. Bets Fost
    United States
    December 27, 2014, 9:04 am

    Lovely – during the winter,it’s easy to forget the wonderful sounds of the morning awakening

  3. María
    Bogotá, Colombia
    August 30, 2014, 11:38 pm

    Solo en el silencio encuentras a Dios.
    Gracias por compartir este momento.Te envío un gran abrazo.

  4. Intercessor Janet Brooks
    Heiskell, Tennessee, USA
    August 28, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Beautiful sounds of God’s creation. Thank you.