Hippos in the Night

Trip Start Sep 06, 2010
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Trip End Apr 14, 2012


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Omvuvu Camp

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Today consisted of a long day of travel to reach the impressive Okavango Delta in Botswana. We reached the Namibian – Botswana border by mid morning before stopping at a supermarket to buy supplies and then on the side of the road for lunch.  The Botswanan countryside is lush following the large amount of recent rain.  The flat, green paddocks that continue forever are littered with happy children, donkeys and small villages of circular, mud-brick huts with thatched roofs.  After a long afternoon negotiating the continuous bumps and puddles on the tan coloured, clay roads we eventually arrived at our drop off point on the Okavango Delta.  From here we caught mokoros across to our camp ground on a nearby island.  Mokoros are dug-out canoes which are the traditional means for transporting people and goods across the delta.  They are controlled by a poler who stands at the back and levers the low vessel forward by pushing a long wooden pole into the muddy basin beneath.  The calm water which we appeared to glide effortlessly through is home to hundreds of hippos and crocs which was a little scary.  Once on the island we were shown to our safari tents and were pleasantly surprised to find a comfortable double bed.  We had dinner once the sun had gone down and went to bed soon after in preparation for an early start.
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