Plants & People Africa

Plants of the Okavango

Plants & People Africa

Plants and People Africa is a botanical research and community outreach project which is supported by Sanctuary Chief's Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

In 2012, Roger and Alison were awarded MBEs (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to Botany and Conservation. The honour is given predominantly to individuals for outstanding achievements.


Botswana Chief

Sanctuary Chief's Camp built a research facility and home for Roger and Alison Heath in 2007 so that they could continue their botanical work and concentrate on plants of the Okavango Delta. Through extensive research, sample collections and local interviews on traditional uses they wrote the acclaimed book, "Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana and the Okavango Delta". They also pressed, dried, recorded, photographed and sent their specimens to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew in the United Kingdom.

Through their research project, they have given Sanctuary Retreats' clients the exclusive opportunity to see the processes involved in the analysis of the huge variety of plant life in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

To advance their work, Alison and Roger would like to raise funds to expand their study and involve local university postgraduates in their research. They wish to purchase research equipment including a microscope and presses to aid the examination and photography of the many plant specimens in northern Botswana.