Kwara Camp and Munching Hippos

Trip Start Mar 21, 2013
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Trip End Apr 10, 2013


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Kwara Camp

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 Mar 24 to 25 Kwara Camp and Munching Hippos

The answers to Scupa's riddles? OK.
What has two horns when it is born and no horns when it dies?
The moon.
What occurs twice in a week and once in a year?
The letter E.
How do you equally divide three apples between two sons and two fathers?
You give one apple to each of them (one son is also a father).
How do you add five lines to four lines to make ten?
Add five lines to | | | | to make TEN.
What is it that the seller can't use, the user can't buy and the owner can't see?
A casket.
Scupa hopes that you have enjoyed these.

A pilot with a light plane owned by Moremi Air flew us back to Maun to pick up some fuel and then we flew to our second camp in Botswana; Kwara Camp. He requested permission to fly low over the land so that we could see some of the sights from the air. I got one photo of three mokoros (dugout canoes) in a river and one photo of elephants.

Okie, TK, TT, and Ocean greeted us warmly and we had another sumptuous lunch. We were escorted to cabin #8 by a guide who shooed an elephant away from our front door so we could get there safely. One large and three small wart hogs wandered across the grass toward the lake, one of the noticeable differences compared to the last camp; we were now in the Okavango Delta and there was water. Our new home was a tent, but the inside was furnished luxuriously with elaborately folded towels, eight pillows and herbaceous accents. The bed was clothed in a duvet, totally inappropriate for the 20 to 30C temperatures so we removed it and just used a sheet. The bathroom was well ventilated (i.e., no walls above waist height)

That afternoon we went on a game drive which included crossing a bridge over a stream. The bridge was made of logs but the land was muddy and the foundation a bit weak for the traffic so the vehicle leaned dangerously to one side as you crossed affording the passengers a better view of creatures lurking in the water below. The guides spotted Red Lechwe, cheetahs, and Tsessebe (the fastest antelope) and a group of three lions.

That evening we listened in awe to the bell frogs in the nearby stream, there must have been hundreds and they each sound like a tiny brass bell that has been tapped once. A baboon scampered over our tent roof making us feel a bit vulnerable and late in the night, hippos walked out of the lake to the shore in front of our cabin and spent hours munching on the nearby grass.

I was not feeling well the following day so Rosamund went out on the evening drive with others. They heard three female lions catch a tsessebbe. Two young and one old lion fought over it and one of the young ones ate it, bones and all. A good illustration of why old age and infirm animals don't last long in the wild. The tsessebbe was devoured in minutes. There was a roaring match between the old and young lions but nothing came of it. Rosamund also learned that the impalas hissed to warn others that lions were in the area.

That evening, the staff got together and sang about 6 songs in a local language, and, with the last song, escorted us in to the dining room

The following day, we looked for leftovers from the lion kill but found none. But lion tracks led us to 5 male lions lounging in the grass. The guides told us that lions spend 22 hours of the day sleeping unless it is mating season.

Time was running out and we had to pack for our flight for the next camp.
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