Well I thought I would start off this entry with a piccie of our truck, Tana. Would you like that? Here you go then.
So, where were we? Have just left Swakopmund and heading to Cape Cross where there are more seals than you can shake a stick at and smelly little blighters they are too. I couldn't decide which were the cutest photos to post as seals are so very photogenic so here are a few to ooh and aah over.
Aw, don't you just love them. But they are a bit aggy, despite their sweet faces, I saw a fair few attacking each other and good grief, are they ever noisy?!
From Cape Cross we headed to Spitzkoppen which was in the middle of nowhere and very peaceful.
We had a quick guided walk where we saw some ancient cave art.
We slept outside that night, some in a sort of cave and myself and Susie next to the camp fire and again it was wonderful to see the stars above you. Very nice place indeed.
Then onwards to Etosha National Park where we saw giraffe, springbok, blue wilderbeast, zebra, kudu, ostrich, kori bustard, secretary birds, orix - including a dead one being eaten by some lions, black faced impala, black backed jackals and black rhino.
That night we had another downpour and yet again our tents blew away, when would we learn?! I did spend some time at the watering hole trying to get a picture of the lightning but this is the best I could come up with. At this point I had started investigating the different settings on my camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 in case you are wondering) and I hoped that going forwards my photos would improve as my lion pictures were a bit hazy to say the least.
So we had a few game drives and saw the above which is not bad at all. We then moved on to Windhoek which is the capital of Namibia. We hada little stroll around the shops but it wan't terribly exciting but then again I don't enjoy cities very much so don't let me put you off of visiting. That night we went to a plce called Joe's Bar which was nice, although I was not too keen on the crocodile that I swipped off of Suzi. But my meal was very tasty. We managed to fit an awful lot of people in our taxis there and back which was a touch more uncomfortable after a big meal but fun and cosy, We said goodbye to John and Nellie and early the next morning Lisa also left. When Tana pulled out of Windhoek we also left behind Heidi which was a shame because I got on really well with her.
From Windhoek we headed off to Botswana, wohoo, a new country! We camped at a place where we upgraded from our tents to traditional thatched huts - the hieght of luxury.
The next morning we were taken on a bushwalk and they dug up various roots and explained their uses for food or medicine. We were given a demonstration of how to start a fire....
and how to extract water from a root which was amazingly effective....
That night we camped at Maun which lies close to the Okavango Delta. Yipee!
So the next morning we headed into the Delta. This was rather a pleasant experience as you are sitting in a mokoro which is a canoe made from the sausage tree (photos of this wonderful tree to be posted later in the blog) and a nice man poles you through the delta for a lazy hour until you get to camp site. On the way there is a lot of grass and lillies to look at and a spot of sunbathing to be done so I very much enjoyed this!
We set up camp and went off to have a go at poling the mokoros ourselves which was not as easy as the professionals made it look. It was lots of fun and the end result is that we all had a swim in the delta for an hour. I don't like swimming at all and avoid where possible but strangely I did enjoy this particular swim. Perhaps because it was so pretty and peaceful there. Then we went for a stroll around and saw some giraffe and not a huge amount else and we arrived back at our camp as it was getting dark.
We went for another walk the next morning but again didn't see much in the way of animals but it really didn't matter because the delta is so pretty that you can enjoy the scenery very much instead. But I do think that our guides were pretty rubbish, they didn't give out a lot of information and were crashing around making a racket and brought us back to camp through the water so my new walking shoes were totally ruined although wading around was good fun. None the less, they were good at poling the boats and fun too so it was ok in the end. We then headed back out of the delta in the mokoros so another lazy hour.
We headed back to Maun and then on to the airport where we borded 2 small planes that would fly us over the delta at about 500 feet. It was wonderful to see the delta from the air, very trippy patterns and you could see the curvature of the earth from up there. I was really happy too because the rest of the guys let me sit up front next to the pilot so I enjoyed the flight hugely.
Phew, that's enough for today, housework is beckonning now - joy!
Will write more again soon.
Take care, Sarnia xxx