Nambwa

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Nambwa Camp

Flag of Namibia  , Caprivi,
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Everyone in the camp was up early and ready to take on the next leg of whatever trip they were on.  I managed to have a hot shower but Carlos had to go without as the water on the gents side was cold.  It was just to cold for that.
We crossed the Okavango river and went through a veterinary check point.  The road is what one might call a "high way" in SA terms with the difference that the road signs have elephants and jackals on them.  We still joked and said these must be here only for the tourists benefit. Not a hundred meters after the elephant sign, there they were!  Larger than life.  OKIDOKI! so it is real.  Strange thing is that there are at least 50 villages along the road.  Children, babies and old folk seem to care less about the fact that an elephant could cross their path at any moment.  Mom's didn't keep their little ones locked up or in their sight to prevent them from coming to harm.  Nope! this is just the way life is.  (My weak heart)
Our destination is Nambwa, a bush camp on the banks of the Kwando river.  Please keep in mind that we did not do any prior bookings and that all these camps are not on the Internet so one has no idea what you will find upon arrival.  The road was strictly 4 x 4 and our faith full "Dolla" warned of "road flooded". 
Along the road the beautiful big trees is what kept our attention at first.  Soon the destruction of these very trees by elephants became a bit of a worry.  Funny how one tells yourself stories to make lite of your worries.  "This must be damage from long ago" and "poor management must be the reason why things have not been restored".  Well, NONE of that is true.  The bush looked the way it did cause there are a multitude of resident elephants!!
Apart from he broken branches there was enough elephant dung here to build a house or two. 
Before arriving to camp we needed to relieve ourselves and stopped for the regular bush PP. I had just completed the task when Carlos (standing up and not sitting like me), said "Look! Elephants" .  Not 20 meters from us were 5 elephants going about their business without even giving us a look.  I got up on Lynx to have a better look as they had babies with them and one could not see them clearly in the long grass. 
Imagine that! Very happy to have seen some elephants we went ahead to the camp. We loved the tranquility and the riverside camp - big enough for 3 stands.  We set up and had a good cup of coffee on the banks of the Kwando.
Soon afterward we started a fire as we did not have lunch and wanted to have an early dinner.  Just as our boerewors was ready a lady walked into the camp to tell us that the elephants were at the boma and that we should watch where we walked.
We finished our dinner (priority), all the while hearing the elephants in the background. When we got around to walking to the boma (around 500 meters from our tent) it was sunset.  We did not even notice that we walked right passed a group of them. When we got into the open, both them and us got a bit of a fright.  I rushed up the stairs to the boma as another group were feeding a short distance to the other side of the boma.  Once safe in the boma, I counted 35 elephants in the pan.  By now I was upset with myself for having made dinner a priority.  It was just to dark to take a good photo.  But who would have thought that there would be so many?
We walked/run back to camp as we were told that they come into camp in the evening.  As a matter of fact, the signs were all around the camp.  So too with the hippo's. 
Well, that was that.  I got myself ready for bed in an instant and did not move from bed again.  Carlos came up a little later leaving a big fire to burn next to the tent.  The elephants were so close that one could hear them breath!  They were not in a happy mode either.  On the other side, the hippo were at it too.  So, hippo's on one side and elephants on the other, I did not sleep at all.  Carlos slept like a log (as usual) to the point that I poked him a couple of times just to stop him from snoring too loud for me to hear where the elephants were!
Not a good night for me, so I was up and ready to get out of this "bush camp" asap. 

On the hand, I just enjoyed every moment of this. This is Africa. This is what I want to see. I really hope there is more of this!!!!












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