Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
30Trip End May 28, 2009
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Umvuvu means Hippo, in Botswana. I'm sure travelling over to the island was the wettest I have ever been. Literally soaked to the skin due to the rain. As it's still damp it's really difficult to dry things out....and I thought this was a holiday?! The highlight of the stay was the traditional dancing in the evening. I have some great photos. The local people came to our campsite and performed their songs and dancing. They used empty cans to make music, along with scraps of metal. They normally have two rhythms. They had a skirt made of reed, which was quite heavy and effective as they shook their booties! We all had a go and I got voted the best dancer.....I guess having a big bootie has its advantages! ;-). The Okovanga Delta is an amazing eco system, there was lots of wild life and Paparas. Our guide gave us some to eat, I thought you ate the whole thing, it was only when we got back to camp the others said you were only meant to chew it like sugar cane.....umm haven't needed the Immodium yet.
We left Umvuvu yesterday and thankfully it didn't rain when were were in the canoes, as it would have been a nightmare. The truck already looks like a chinese laundry with clothes and towels hanging everywhere. We did another border crossing back to Namibia and stayed in N'kwazi lodge. When we arrived at the river edge a few people were a little nervous as it was a very small boat and there was a thunder storm....and no life jackets. I jumped on the first boat and it was absolutely fine. The rooms were amazing, they were african huts looking out over flood plain. Normally you can drive there, but it's the wet season. It was a real luxury to have a proper bed with sheets, a hot shower and to be waited on at dinner. They put on a show of traditional dancing, but it felt a little contrived. I much preferred the inter action with the locals at Umvuvu. Dinner was great and everyone had an early night to make the best use of the facilities. This morning the water had risen, almost to our door, just as well we were leaving.
We are now in Rundu, which is just a small town. It has a few banks, supermarket and I think this is the only internet access. We are travelling to stay with the Bushmen this afternoon, but we may not bush camp as it could be pretty wet. I don't think any of us would complain....it's just like camping but without a shower! After the Bushmen we are off to Etosha, which should be amazing. I think the sun has come out now and I certainly have some work to do on my tan!