Rundu, Namibia

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
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Trip End May 28, 2009


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

We've made it back in to Namibia.  When we left Ngepi we travelled to the Umvuvu Camp in Botwana, on the Okovango Delta.  We had driven for quite a while and it was really and muddy where the truck was parked.  I managed to jump off the truck, land on the mud and slip right over on my back. It was a comedy moment and I ended up with a wet but for the next few hours! We travelled in the Mokoro Canoes with our bags, trying not to get too wet.  It was a luxury to stay in big tents that has camp beds to sleep on.  It pretty much rained the whole time we were there.  We went for an early morning trip across to Gow Island and did a walking safari.  I think the animals had the right idea and were sleeping in or hiding from the rain.  We came across an elephants bedroom. They use termite hills for their pillows!  I guess it makes sense as they sleep on an angle and it's easier for them to get up, akin to getting up on your skis on the slopes! 

Umvuvu means Hippo, in Botswana.  I'm sure travelling over to the island was the wettest I have ever been.  Literally soaked to the skin due to the rain.  As it's still damp it's really difficult to dry things out....and I thought this was a holiday?!  The highlight of the stay was the traditional dancing in the evening.  I have some great photos. The local people came to our campsite and performed their songs and dancing.  They used empty cans to make music, along with scraps of metal. They normally have two rhythms. They had a skirt made of reed, which was quite heavy and effective as they shook their booties!  We all had a go and I got voted the best dancer.....I guess having a big bootie has its advantages! ;-).  The Okovanga Delta is an amazing eco system, there was lots of wild life and Paparas.  Our guide gave us some to eat, I thought you ate the whole thing, it was only when we got back to camp the others said you were only meant to chew it like sugar cane.....umm haven't needed the Immodium yet.

We left Umvuvu yesterday and thankfully it didn't rain when were were in the canoes, as it would have been a nightmare.  The truck already looks like a chinese laundry with clothes and towels hanging everywhere.  We did another border crossing back to Namibia and stayed in N'kwazi lodge.  When we arrived at the river edge a few people were a little nervous as it was a very small boat and there was a thunder storm....and no life jackets.  I jumped on the first boat and it was absolutely fine.  The rooms were amazing, they were african huts looking out over flood plain.  Normally you can drive there, but it's the wet season.  It was a real luxury to have a proper bed with sheets, a hot shower and to be waited on at dinner. They put on a show of traditional dancing, but it felt a little contrived. I much preferred the inter action with the locals at Umvuvu.  Dinner was great and everyone had an early night to make the best use of the facilities. This morning the water had risen, almost to our door, just as well we were leaving. 

We are now in Rundu, which is just a small town. It has a few banks, supermarket and I think this is the only internet access.  We are travelling to stay with the Bushmen this afternoon, but we may not bush camp as it could be pretty wet.  I don't think any of us would complain....it's just like camping but without a shower!  After the Bushmen we are off to Etosha, which should be amazing.  I think the sun has come out now and I certainly have some work to do on my tan! 
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ajgray
ajgray on

I wondered what had happened to you!!
Well I kept looking to see if there was any news, thought maybe you had found heaven in the bush!! Sounds like your having a WET time out there im sure you will find some sun along the way. You certainly are having some experiences good to hear from you keep updating.

vinju
vinju on

WOW!!!
Hiya Beck. Sorry we haven't been in touch. Sounds like you are having a Fab time, may be a bit wet but lucky you! We have had snow and rain here in I'ness. Harriet had her 9th Birthday the other day, bless her, she got a Wii from her Dad and a Wii board from us, we didn't have a party because the prsents were so expensive we just had a nice takeaway for tea. Not much happening here, just the usual.. You take care and keep enjoying your safe travels, sending you lots of love, J, V and H xxx

badams
badams on

Re: WOW!!!
Hi

The sun is shining today and I got a little bit of colour yesterday. It's just going to get hotter now as we head to the desert. At least it will be cold at night! Belated Happy Birthday to Harriet. Do keep in touch as it's great to hear from you.
xx

badams
badams on

Re: I wondered what had happened to you!!
Hi

We had been travelling around to small places without internet. We were lucky to have electricity in some of the places! Hopefully the sun will keep shining all the way to S Africa now. Fingers crossed.

B x

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