National Geographic and YouTube are launching a new series of virtual reality experiences starting today with a virtual exploration of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Dubbed one of the “last wild places on earth,” the virtual reality trip through Okavango is the first of three immersive experiences that National Geographic has planned with YouTube .
The four-part series follows a National Geographic Society expedition as it transects the largest wetland in Southern Africa, known as one of the most biodiverse places on earth.
“Embracing immersive content continues our tradition of going further, while connecting our audiences directly with our Explorers and the stories of the world they have to share,” said Jenna Pirog, senior director of Video and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic, in a statement.
“We’re looking forward to a long-term partnership with YouTube that will allow us to remain industry stewards for marrying immersive technology with impactful storytelling.”
Each five-minute episode will take viewers through the Botswanan wilderness, which is home to the largest remaining elephant population, along with lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and hundreds of species of birds.