Okavango Wilderness Project makes history

Boyes, Setlabosha and Costa receving the Rolex on behalf of the Okavango Wilderness Project PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES
Boyes, Setlabosha and Costa receving the Rolex on behalf of the Okavango Wilderness Project PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES

Last week the Okavango Wilderness Project was awarded the coveted Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year Award at the prestigious National Geographic Explorer Awards held at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Mmegi photojournalist THALEFANG CHARLES was amongst the explorers from around the world who graced the yellow carpet. He reports from Washington

Until Wednesday last week, local tourist guide Tumeletso ‘Water’ Setlabosha did not know anything about Rolex. But by the end of the National Geographic Explorer Awards night, the man from Jao Flats, deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta, was carrying, (not wearing) his own brand new $8,100 (P90,000) Rolex Explorer II timepiece.

Water was one of the trio who was given the luxurious Swiss timepiece. Others are the project leader and National Geographic Fellow, Steve Boyes, together with the Angolan ichthyologist and National Geographic Explorer, Adjany Costa.

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