Okavango Delta

We have been in Botswana for 3 nights now. Including tonight, we only have 2 more to go before we leave for Namibia.

We left Livingstone on Wednesday and drove a relatively short distance to the border. From the crossing point, we could see 4 countries at once. Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Another short drive took us to our next campsite in Kasane, Botswana. Arriving early, we had the option of a boat cruise in Chobe National Park. It was very hot though, so most of us stayed around the pool for the afternoon. For the 6 new people who joined at Livingstone, this was their first day on the truck, and first night cooking as well.

The next day, a fairly long drive took us from Kasane to Maun. We shopped before going to the campsite just out of town. This campsite was attached to a hotel so it had a very nice pool and bar which we were able to use.

Early the next morning we we picked up in Landrovers and taken to the edge of the Okavango Delta. From there, we traveled by mokoro for an hour and a half to reach our camping area. The mokoro is a traditional canoe, made from a hollowed out tree trunks. There were a few modern equivalents made from fiberglass, but I was pleased be travelling in the more authentic wooden version. The mekoro (plural of mokoro) were pushed along by a poler standing at the back of the boat. The whole ride was very relaxing as we very quietly glided through the reeds.

Mokoro

We arrived at an island where we set up our bushcamp. There were no camping facilities here at all. We had to dig a hole for the toilet and cooked on a wood fire. I was expecting to have been doing more of this in Africa. Its great having the campsites with lots of facilities, but also good to stay in the basic campsites sometimes too. That evening we were entertained by our polers and guides with traditional songs.

While staying in the delta we went on two game walks. The first walk was in the afternoon of the day we arrived. On the walk we saw elephant, hippo, lion, zebra, giraffe, hyena and various antelope droppings… but very few of the animals themselves! The walks were on a separate island to the camp, so we traveled there by mokoro. On the way back, we watched an excellent sunset over a perfectly still lake. There were also hippos in the lake. The second walk was slightly more successful. We saw some actually animals, including some elephants, zebra and charging wilder beast.

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