Botswana - Chobe NP & Kasana

Trip Start Aug 28, 2008
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Trip End Nov 06, 2008


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Thursday, September 25, 2008

I had a late morning for once while my new bus mates went to Vic Falls, not that I got a lie in, I had to give my tent back to my old truck.  First to meet me was Michael, a young South African who was training to be a guide.  Once they got back, I met JD - the driver for the tour and his parents, Frick and Anze (it was his last trip and they came along to see what it was like) and Jules and Elle, two Aussie sisters from near Melbourne.  It was a lot different from the Shire, my previous truck and it was strange having to get to know new people.  But we headed off to the Botswana border and on to our first night in the country at Chobe National Park, renowned for its elephants.  We arrived and set up camp.  Everyone else wanted to go on the game drive where I thought the game cruise on the river might be nice for a change, but I didn't think I wanted to do it on my own.  Low and behold Carly, Petra and others were sat outside the bar waiting for the cruise pick up so I tagged along in the end anyway.  It was nice to see them again, even if we'd only been apart one day.  As it happened both the other trucks were there that night.  I was in such a rush to get on the cruise I didn't manage to get any water and had to keep nicking some - it was sooooo hot.  JD later said he thought it hit 39 degrees.  We saw hippos, crocs and monkeys but the best bit was getting really close to elephants.  They were grazing on the banks a few metres away and on the way back they had actually gotten into the river for a play.  They kept jumping on each other and dunking each other.  I loved seeing them walking through the river with their mouths underwater and the tip of their trunk showing a few feet ahead of them a bit like a periscope on a submarine. 

When we got back JD and Michael had got dinner all sorted for us - it feels so weird not having to cook and clean up our own food! We went down to the bar after where I said goodbye to the guys heading to joburg on the other truck.  They got in a day earlier than me and I didn't expect to see them again - so sad. 

Another long drive the next day to Maun, the village beside the Okavango, we got a few supplies and headed to the campsite.  JD had recommended getting umbrellas to shade against the sun on the boats into the delta.  Everyone else found cheap kiddies ones - just plain multi-coloured umbrellas.  Mine on the other hand was bright yellow, had a bumble bee painted on it and had extensions on either side like wings.  At least it'll keep hippos away from the mokoros....
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