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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 26th 2009

Geo: -19.0933, 22.4451Raining again, very strange weather for this time of the year normally very hot and little water. The delta is still full thus the animals are not concentrated around the water holes..Camp packed we head off having a great time wandering the various tracks the rain has made the sand easy to drive.. come across the 1st river crossing on our way to bridge 3.. I stop to check it out and another chap on the other side is also having a look.. we both wade to the middle and find it is about 2mm short of the male critical zone.. his vehicle is a petrol version of a RAV with low range thrown in.. I get the WD40 out and spray his critical components and whish him luck.. If ya get stuck I ... read more
Oh look there is a Critter
River Crossing 1
River Crossing 2

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 11th 2009

Mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta (Botswana) and the Etosha NP (Namibia) Twice now we’ve signed our lives away: for the microlite flight over the Victoria Falls and now for the 3 day mokoro trip on the Okavango delta. The indemnity form that we signed for the latter said that it was an “inherently dangerous activity”. It crossed my mind that our travel insurance would surely exclude both of these kinds of activity - and here’s us thinking that we are being very conservative and not so intrepid at all. This blog is evidence that we survived to tell the tales. The Guma Lagoon Camp (NW side of delta), from which we set forth in the mokoros (canoes), had an idyllic setting with very friendly and helpful people running it - great kitchen, dining room, bar ... read more
our island hideaway
the biggest elephant yet
leopard print

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta August 11th 2009

I had been in Africa just under a month now and while I had seen so many incredible animals, met so many incredible locals, I still wouldn't say that I had "fallen in love with Africa" yet. Maybe it was the hustle and bustle of long days on the tour bus or simply because I'd been too worried about taking good photos that I forgot to enjoy it but I was still willing to give Africa a chance. The Delta was a favourite of my travel agent who spoke highly of Botswana when I was booking; and luckily I had been here long enough that no electricity and no plumbing didn't bother me any more (if my first stop was the Delta I don't think I would have enjoyed it). But, when we were standing in ... read more
Swamp
Elephant
Hyena

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta August 11th 2009

August 1, 2009 We visited the Okavango Delta. To reach the Delta, you must take an hour long bumpy truck ride to the water's edge. Then, we have a three hour boat ride. The boat is called a "mokoro" which is a shallow, hallowed out canoe pushed through the water by a poler. The poler uses a long pole to push through the shallow delta waters. The ride was nice and peaceful. We had our sleeping mats and pillows out so we rode in comfort! The ride is through swampy reeds. That means, a lot of spiders, webs and millions of tiny bugs ALL over you. I looked like a windshield of a semi truck. I read a book during the mokoro ride and a lot of the pages have squashed bugs in it! When we ... read more
Delta 2

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta August 10th 2009

Hi Everybody! We just returned from safari. It was fantastic! There were 2 other people and our guide. We could'nt have asked for better, we all got along so well. Angela from England and Danny from Australia. We had to camp en-route to Botswana which gave us a chance to get to know each other. Our first adventure was the Okavango Delta. We met up with local native guides who took us into the Delta by Mokoro, a dug out canoe carved in one solid piece out of a tree trunk. The guide is also the poler. He stands in the back of the Mokoro and uses a long pole to guide the canoe through the water and reeds. It was a little scary at first because the canoe sits very low in the water and ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta August 6th 2009

Alongside the Maasai Mara and Serengeti/Ngorongoro, the Okavango Delta is undoubtedly one of the most famous natural wonders of Africa. It is our next destination as we cross the border into Botswana. At this time of year, the delta is flooded, and this year’s floods are particularly high. We camp in Maun, the hub of all delta activities, then gear up to be poled into the delta on mokoros, small two-person dugout canoes. It takes us roughly thre hours to reach our campsite in the middle of the delta, making our way slowly through knee-deep water filled with reeds, lillies and lots of flies. Not quite as civilised as punting on the River Cam, but still a unique experience as we kick back and watch the world float by. On our first day in the delta, ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta May 11th 2009

Day 21 (Monday,11-May-09, JRJ) Up early for another mokoro trip and two short walks. On the walks we briefly saw an Elephant in the undergrowth, but it was so quick no-one managed to get a photo. It's amazing how well an animal that size can hide. We also saw many different birds and some red lechwe bounding through the shallow water which was cool. Got back to island and packed up our stuff onto the mokoro's and leisurely made our way back to the mokoro station where we transferred onto the speedboats and went back to camp. Got back Guma Lagoon for lunch with freshly made bread. Yum. Put up our tents and sat around on the deck for a few hours. Had chicken 'boom' chakalaka for dinner and afterwards, Nat and I hosted a pub ... read more
Rainbow at sunrise
Red Lechwe
Mokoro

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta May 10th 2009

Day 20 (Sunday, 10-May-09, JRJ) Didn't have to get up until 8am, but got up at 6:50 to see yet another amazing sunrise over the lagoon. Had brekkie and then loaded all our belongings onto speed boats. We set of from camp with our speedboat driver 'Cobra' through the narrow channels between the papyrus reeds that make up the Delta. On the way we saw a few kingfishers and a couple of crocodiles. It took about 45 mins to get to the mokoro (local canoes) station. The 'station' was a spot in the mangroves where we got out of the speed boats and clambered into our mokoro's. Each mokoro was loaded with supplies along with 2 people. They were 'driven' by a local man. Our poler was called Spugs. It took almost another 2 hours to ... read more
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An uncomfortable Jay
Natalie enjoying Papyrus

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta March 17th 2009

Day 301 (5/2/09) And it was time to hit the road again, we said our goodbyes to Vicky who was finishing the trip and to the excitement of Livingstone. With a relatively smooth border crossing we stamped out of Zambia and caught a five minute ferry through 'No-mans land' to Botswana. Botswana enforces a very strict foot and mouth prevention program which involves walking through specially soaked pads and Franko driving the truck through a significantly larger Tyre wash. We arrived in the small town of Kasane and to 'Thebe Camp' back in the routine we set up camp and headed to the pool until interrupted by a late afternoon shower. Later that afternoon headed off on a afternoon cruise through Chobe National Park sighting some elephants in the distance, a couple crocs, a herd of ... read more
He he comes....
Is that it.
Kudu, very tasty.

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta March 12th 2009

Wow so much to update on ... We first went to Ngepi camp which reminded us of Shambala it had some crazy toilets and showers and statues and wind chimes everywhere. We stayed in a tree house on the river where there was only two ideas to the house and a mosi net to protect us from the croc's and Hippo's - not sure how effective that would be !? we had an outdoor shower on the balony which was so liberating looking out over the river. It turned out to be a crazy night with lots of Springbok shooters (dance to be demonstrated) and then we made the Meerkat international - we showed the rest of the group the dance and then we made a shot to accompany it and i is now on the ... read more




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