AFRICA'S LAST WILD RIVER
The Ogooué Megatransect
In 2020, an international team of explorers, scientists, and storytellers completed a first raft-borne descent of the Ogooué River in Gabon. Led by National Geographic Explorer Joe Cutler, our team paddled 1,000 kilometers down the Ogooué River, traversing the entire country of Gabon in inflatable rafts. The team surveyed biodiversity and ecosystem health at 41 sites along the mainstem Ogooué, and shared stories from the river @AfricasLastWildRiver.
One of the last remaining wild rivers, the Ogooué is home to endangered manatees, freshwater turtles, crocodiles, hippopotamus and hundreds of fish species – many of which are only found in the Ogooué drainage. Our goal is to bring attention to the Ogooué, one of earth’s last wild rivers.