Created by Mazaza Games

Kavango is a beautiful, strategic and fast-paced board game that has captured the hearts of over 3,000 kickstarter backers. With simultaneous turns, satisfying tableau-building and tough decisions, Kavango's gameplay has been praised by board game reviewers. Created by Matt and Zara, while working on conservation in Botswana, Kavango is deeply thematic and is thoughtfully designed to be a modern and realistic view of conservation in southern Africa. With 160 beautifully unique species cards, 45 research cards, 10 conservation experts and 5 landscape boards, there is huge variability to reflect the incredible biodiversity of Kavango. Don't miss out on your chance to buy the exclusive Kickstarter Edition with all stretch goals included! 1-5 Players | 40-60 mins | 10yrs +

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Mega update!
about 1 month ago – Sat, Jan 13, 2024 at 09:14:49 AM

This is a big one...

Happy new year everyone!
Thank you again for all your support, ongoing feedback and patience in waiting for this update. We've been very busy working to get the best possible version of Kavango to you and are excited to show you all the improvements. This update is a big one, so get ready to see lots of exciting new images of the game!


You've been wonderful in giving us feedback on the game which has inspired us to make some big improvements. First of all, here's a look at the artwork improvements Matt's been working on...

In addition to upgrading the artwork, we've refined the overall graphic design. Below is the new component list for the standard version of Kavango which gives you an overview of these changes. Keep reading to see more on kickstarter exclusive components! 

Stretch Goals

You must be eager to see all the stretch goals you they are!

We've consolidated all the bonus cards (2 conservation experts, 5 bonus animals and 3 desert-adapted animals) into the climate mini-expansion of ten exclusive cards.

We've added 5 new research tasks instead of the 3 we promised as an added gift to you! The research tasks also have a sleek new look to match our new overall graphic design.

We love these. Don't they look great?! You unlocked 5 extra animeeples with painted details, again exclusive to your kickstarter copies.

You may have spotted 15 goal cards on the component list. This is how we've integrated the "expert variation" stretch goal into the game. The goal cards are dealt out at the start of the game and give you a private goal to work towards throughout the game to secure end-of-game points. As part of this we've added some new "characteristics" to animals, shown in bold in the animal descriptions and new background image styles (e.g. crepuscular animals shown at sunset) to add even more variation and strategy to the game.

Last but by no means least, we've illustrated a detailed map of Kavango so you can learn more about the incredible region that inspired the game.

Get in touch

We'll post more updates about delivery timelines and the pledge manager soon. In the meantime, we'd love to hear your thoughts, please add your questions and comments below.

Surveys are out!
3 months ago – Mon, Nov 27, 2023 at 03:04:33 AM

Backerkit surveys are on their way!

We've just sent out all the surveys 🥳 It might take a while for each one to send so please keep an eye on your inbox/junk folder and if you haven't received an email by tomorrow let us know and we'll resolve it asap. 

We've set up an FAQ on our pledge manager which will answer most questions but feel free to contact us if anything isn't clear.

Thanks in advance for completing the survey,

Zara & Matt 

BackerKit surveys are coming!
3 months ago – Wed, Nov 22, 2023 at 10:29:02 AM

Hi everyone,

Soon you'll be receiving an email from BackerKit with a special link to your survey. It’s essential to respond to your survey as quickly as possible since we need this information to fulfil your rewards. 

What to expect from the survey 

You do not need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the survey invite email, click the survey link to respond. The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and will give us the important information that we need to send you Kavango! Via the survey you can answer questions about your reward preferences (i.e. what t-shirt size you want), tell us your delivery address, upgrade your pledge and purchase add-ons if you like! After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys in March 2024 (we'll give you warning before we close the surveys!). 

Please note that we'll be calculating and collecting delivery fees at a later date once we have the best estimates for everyone. We plan to enter and charge you for shipping in February/March 2024. We'll let you know when shipping costs are finalised and before we charge your cards in your BackerKit survey. We will keep you informed all along the way! In the meantime, you can find the latest delivery estimates on our website here: 

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at

A note on Facebook and Apple ID 

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your crowdfunding account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address associated with your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please let us know via messenger on Kickstarter or contact support at

After surveys are sent, if you did not receive the email, and you Signed in with Apple ID, your email address might be a private relay email address. We can help locate your survey and update your email address, please message us or post a comment with your Backer ID or Pledge # found on your confirmation. You can learn more about your email hiding for your Apple ID here.

Thanks so much for your support and for bringing Kavango to life! Let us know if you have any questions. 

P.s. Remember that you don’t have access to this survey link yet, but it will be available soon via email! 

Late pledge option is now live and an update on delivery fees
3 months ago – Sun, Nov 12, 2023 at 01:06:09 PM

Hi everyone! 

We've got two updates for you today...

Late Pledge options

Our pre-order store is live!  If you know anyone who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign and wants to buy the Kickstarter version of Kavango (with stretch goals included) or wants to get one of our exclusive t-shirts then please direct them to our 'late pledge' option on our Kickstarter page. 

For our original backers, you'll be able to amend or add to your order via our pledge manager which will come out in a couple of weeks. 

Brief update on delivery fees

Due to the volatility of shipping prices globally right now, our delivery fees for Kavango will be finalised and charged around February 2024 when we have better estimates of what it will cost. We'll let you know when delivery costs are finalised and will keep you informed all along the way! There are a few advantages of this for you as a backer, firstly it means you have longer to confirm your delivery address so there'll be no stress if you move! And secondly, it gives us time to scope out the best fulfilment deals and options for pick-up locations. 

The good news for now is that we're working hard to secure deals with fulfilment providers and are committed to giving you a great price for delivery. Look out for this around February 2024 when we finalise our delivery charges. 

You can find our most up-to-date estimate of delivery costs here:


Zara & Matt 

Luxury A5 Art Prints!
3 months ago – Thu, Nov 09, 2023 at 05:01:27 AM

Hi everyone! 

We've been engaging with you on social media and via Kickstarter updates to build a sense of what extras you'd like to see in our pledge manager once it goes live. 

A5 prints of the animal artwork were the most highly requested add-on and we're excited to let you know that we'll be offering a choice of 31 animal prints on our pledge manager! 

They'll be printed on 250gsm matte art paper for a luxury finish. Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect...

Preview of A5 Art Prints