Pleasant surprise. I figured I would have to go through the not too exciting capital city in order to cross over from Namibia to Botswana. Instead I made it from Windhoek to Maun by public bus in only 1 day 🙂
8. Day trip around the Ntwetwe Pan
I must have looked ridiculous when I got off the public bus in Gweta with my 50l backpack, camping gear and – my cooler (I still carried the cooler from my Namibia roadtrip with me). I mainly stopped in Gweta to see the lunar landscape of the Ntwetwe Pan and enjoyed having the campsite of the Gweta Lodge to myself.
When I took out my camera to shoot my first wild dogs in Africa, I realized I hadn´t charged the batteries. First-world-problems, I know.
Another first! Meerkats 🙂
7. Bush walks & chillaxing in the Okavango Delta
One of the main reasons to travel to Botswana was to pay a visit to the 18.000-sq-km wide Okavango Delta. I booked a 3-day self-catering mokoro trip through one of my favorite hostels in Southern Africa and almost ended up on one of the islands in the delta by myself (and the poler). Luckily, I had some nice Slovenian company.
6. Picnic under the Chapmans Baobab tree
5. Mokoro cruise around the Okavango Delta
On our last mokoro ride out of the Okavango delta Oscar, my funny poler, and I sang the delta song, that he had taught us the night before, one more time.
4. Early morning game drive in Chobe
By the time I got on my second game drive in Africa I knew better! It can get extremely hot during the day, but if you get up at 5am to join an early morning game drive, you better bring a jacket! “The earlier we enter the national park, the more likely we are to see the lions before they hide in the bushes”. Our driver must have observed the two American guys who were ducking down behind my seat and covering themselves with a scarf when he repeatedly explained to us why “we must rush” during the game drive into the Chobe national park.
Warthogs, impalas, buffaloes, hippos feeding on the shore of the Chobe river. And a pride of lions with 4 cute cubs 🙂
Everyone wants to see the Big Five.
3. Swimming in the Okavango Delta
At first Maja, Marjetka and I were skeptical when Andrew took us to the swimming pool of our little island in the middle of the enormous Okavango Delta. Other travelers had seen crocodiles in the Okavango Delta, even though Oscar claimed we would have to be “very lucky” to spot any.
We also went back to our natural bath tub the next day. Unfortunately, we did not see any crocodiles during the three days in the Okavango Delta.
2. My first hippo in the Okavango Delta
On the last evening in the Okavango Delta we took the mokoros further into the delta and stopped by the hippo pool. Marjetka and Maja took the lead with Andrew, Oscar and I followed closely. When we reached the pool, it looked like the hippos had left for the weekend. Suddenly a huge male hippo dove up from the middle of the pool and started to swim towards our two mokoros.
While the two Slovenian doctors rushed back to shore, Oscar and I kept our distance and hid behind the grass to wait for the lonely fella to calm down.
1. Afternoon cruise on the Chobe River
After I set up my tent at the Thebe River lodge I walked to the reception only to find out that there were no boat tours scheduled for the next day. I decided to wait and possibly arrange one myself in town later on. The next day, while I was just sipping my coffee, still a bit tired from getting up early for the Chobe National Park game drive, and (almost) getting ready to make it into town (I never did), the waiter handed me the phone. “For you! Reception”. A South African family was also interested in joining on a Chobe River cruise!
They made my day when they opened their cooler (I had eventually left my Namibia cooler with “Tears”, the lovely receptionist in Gweta). Wildlife watching & my favorite South African cider!