15.05.2011 - 20.05.2011 30 °C
Following another easy border crossing, with the most cheerful, friendly immigration officials I’ve ever seen, we were into Botswana and drove to Maun, a town on the edge of the Okavango Delta. From here we did a three day expedition into the delta in traditional ‘Mokoro’ canoes, poled along by local guides from the surrounding villages. We camped on an island in the delta – home to one of the largest concentrations of animals in the whole of Southern Africa.
Mike tried to make a raft boat from reeds and a tarp. It failed. His attempt at fishing did also. The net he laid in one of the channels was mysteriously trashed in the night. The guides thought it could have been a hippo…
One of the local girls who came with us was most amused with Dan’s beard and decided to braid it. He kept this for several days, looking like a pirate (“Cap’n Cheesebeard”).
We did several bush walks and saw lots of wildlife, pretty close.
We heard a lion roaring at one point, but didn’t see it. It was really exciting though, if a little unnerving, knowing that there was nothing between us and them, in their natural environment.
This is the moon, rising as soon as the sun had set.
Neil, looking a little evil.
During one of our walks, we came across some elephant bones. A pretty large jawbone.
Zoe and Andy.
Hippo, seen from my mokoro. These kill more humans than any other animal in Africa. We did some swimming (and fair amount of wrestling) in similar pools.
Termite mound. These were scattered all over Namibia and Botswana, some of them over two metres tall.
I loved the time we spent in the Delta. It was a welcome break from truck routine, and being out in the delta was so peaceful. The animals we saw made it even better: elephants, zebras, hippos, warthogs, African fish eagles and quite a few antelope.
Upon returning to Maun, we did a scenic flight over the area of the delta in which we had been for the past few days.
The size of it is phenomenal. From the air we saw so many animals, but unfortunately none of these photos came out well, due to the vibrations of the Cessna.
Stuffed lion in Maun.
Ardvark on the side of the road. Dan and I threw Falcon’s shoes on top.
Falcon was not happy.
Playing around with the shutter speed on my camera. The moon.
The Southern Cross, with the pointer stars to the left.
We saw so many animals on the side of the road whilst driving through Botswana; elephants, monkeys, giraffes and antelopes.
We did a boat cruise on the Chobe River and saw an unbelievable number of elephants, along with many other animals.
African Fish Eagles.
Laura looking happy (“This is not a booze cruise…”)
Colourful bee eaters by their nest holes in the river bank.
Daddy, mummy and baby elephants.