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Life in a truck part II

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Hi again!

Well I thought I would start off this entry with a piccie of our truck, Tana. Would you like that? Here you go then.

Tana at sunset, Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Tana at sunset, Fish River Canyon, Namibia

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.

Seals at Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast,  Namibia

Seals at Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Swimming seals at Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast,  Namibia

Swimming seals at Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Posing seals at Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast,  Namibia

Posing seals at Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

sleepy seal at Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast,  Namibia

sleepy seal at Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

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.

Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Outside loo at Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Outside loo at Spitzkoppe, Namibia

We had a quick guided walk where we saw some ancient cave art.

Antelope cave painting at Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Antelope cave painting at Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Zebra cave painting at Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Zebra cave painting at Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Odd looking tree at Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Odd looking tree at Spitzkoppe, Namibia

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.

Giraffe in Etosha, Namibia

Giraffe in Etosha, Namibia

Springbok in Etosha, Namibia

Springbok in Etosha, Namibia

Orix (Gemsbok) with Springbok in background in Etosha, Namibia

Orix (Gemsbok) with Springbok in background in Etosha, Namibia

Giraffe in Etosha, Namibia

Giraffe in Etosha, Namibia

Wilderbeast not enjoying the rain, Etosha, Namibia

Wilderbeast not enjoying the rain, Etosha, Namibia

Zebra in Etosha, Namibia

Zebra in Etosha, Namibia

??? in Etosha, Namibia

??? in Etosha, Namibia

Black Back Jackal in Etosha, Namibia

Black Back Jackal in Etosha, Namibia

Impala in Etosha, Namibia

Impala in Etosha, Namibia

Springbok in Etosha, Namibia

Springbok in Etosha, Namibia

Cheeky little fellas in Etosha, Namibia

Cheeky little fellas in Etosha, Namibia

Lions with Orix (Gemsbok) kill in Etosha, Namibia

Lions with Orix (Gemsbok) kill in Etosha, Namibia

Lions with Orix kill and lurking jackal  in Etosha, Namibia

Lions with Orix kill and lurking jackal in Etosha, Namibia

Lions with Orix kill in Etosha, Namibia

Lions with Orix kill in Etosha, Namibia

Black rhino, Etosha, Namibia

Black rhino, Etosha, Namibia

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.

Watering hole in Etosha, Namibia

Watering hole in Etosha, Namibia

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.

Luxury campsite, Botswana

Luxury campsite, Botswana

Sizable centipead thingy, Kalahari, Botswana

Sizable centipead thingy, Kalahari, Botswana

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....

Making fire, Kalahari, Botswana

Making fire, Kalahari, Botswana

and how to extract water from a root which was amazingly effective....

Obtaining a huge amount of water from this root, Kalahari, Botswana

Obtaining a huge amount of water from this root, Kalahari, Botswana

Bush people, Kalahari, Botswana

Bush people, Kalahari, Botswana

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!

Lillies at the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Lillies at the Okavango Delta, Botswana

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.

Mokoro poler in Okavango Delta, Bostwana

Mokoro poler in Okavango Delta, Bostwana

Sunset at the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Sunset at the Okavango Delta, Botswana

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.

My seat for the flight over the Okavango Delta

My seat for the flight over the Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

See the new island forming around the terminte nest. Okavango Delta, Botswana

See the new island forming around the terminte nest. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Eye, eye. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Eye, eye. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Spot the hippo. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Spot the hippo. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Me next to our plane that flew us over the Okavango Delta

Me next to our plane that flew us over the Okavango Delta

Phew, that's enough for today, housework is beckonning now - joy!

Will write more again soon.
Take care, Sarnia xxx

Posted by Sarnia 05:08 Archived in Namibia

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