It just keeps getting better
22.04.2015 - 22.04.2015
We rolled through Johannesburg last Tuesday for less than 24 hours before we took off for Maun, Botswana. We barely had time to catch up on the news and reorganize our bags and we were off. Maun is the 4th largest city in Botswana, Gabarone (pronounced 'Cha' baron e') is the largest. Between them is the Kalahari Desert, not quite as dry as the Namib desert.
We were greeted warmly and ticketed for the continuation of our trip up to the Okavango Delta further north and not far from the Zimbabwe border.
After a brief stay in the un-airconditioned departure lounge, which was just a small plain room with rows of chairs. The called our flight and we got in a jeep that drove us to the far side of the tarmac where the small planes were parked. We got on a beautiful new grand Caravan with less than 200 flight hours. It was about a 12 passenger plane that gave us a great ride. One stop on a grassy runway to let some passangers off, the pilot never switched off the engines, and in only five minutes we made a U turn, taxied down the runway for the short hop to our stop. These planes are really like little grasshoppers. There really are no airports at any of these stops, just a small runway and some shade for the vehicles that drop you off and pick you up.
Our amazing guide, ST was there to welcome us and asked us if we wanted to see the camp first or go on a game drive. GAME DRIVE was the obvious answer, and off into the jungle we went. I just want to remind you that we have come from the very arid Namib desert and as we flew from Maun in the small planes it was amazing to see the different landscape. Water, wet ground, some sand and every shade of green from yellow green to forest green. More shades of green than any box of crayons I have every owned. I was really wondering how you could drive a vehicle in this very wet and marshy landscape and I was just about to find out.
ST drove the open range rover around and through the grasslands, into the marshes and through any water that was in our path. Occasionally the water comes in the vehicle but we never got stuck once. We saw animals and birds alike and after a lovely afternoon we arrived at our camp for the night. We had a brief orientation and ST took us to our room along a raised teak pathway, it was very dark and we hear hippos fighting in the background. I was scared and wanted to hang on to ST, I really could not see a thing and the sound from the frogs was very loud. We were locked in our room until dinner and it was really unnerving not to be able to see where we were and only rely on your sense of hearing.
Wake up call was at 5:30 so we could get out early for our game drive so we had a quick dinner and early bedtime. We stayed awake listening to lions roaring in the distance, the humming of hippos and the wind chime frog symphony, this my friends is the recipe for the sleep of kings.