Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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We crossed the Okavango river and went through a veterinary check point. The road is what one might call a "high way" in SA terms with the difference that the road signs have elephants and jackals on them. We still joked and said these must be here only for the tourists benefit. Not a hundred meters after the elephant sign, there they were! Larger than life. OKIDOKI! so it is real. Strange thing is that there are at least 50 villages along the road. Children, babies and old folk seem to care less about the fact that an elephant could cross their path at any moment. Mom's didn't keep their little ones locked up or in their sight to prevent them from coming to harm. Nope! this is just the way life is. (My weak heart)
Our destination is Nambwa, a bush camp on the banks of the Kwando river
Along the road the beautiful big trees is what kept our attention at first. Soon the destruction of these very trees by elephants became a bit of a worry. Funny how one tells yourself stories to make lite of your worries. "This must be damage from long ago" and "poor management must be the reason why things have not been restored". Well, NONE of that is true. The bush looked the way it did cause there are a multitude of resident elephants!!
Apart from he broken branches there was enough elephant dung here to build a house or two.
Before arriving to camp we needed to relieve ourselves and stopped for the regular bush PP. I had just completed the task when Carlos (standing up and not sitting like me), said "Look! Elephants" . Not 20 meters from us were 5 elephants going about their business without even giving us a look. I got up on Lynx to have a better look as they had babies with them and one could not see them clearly in the long grass.
Imagine that! Very happy to have seen some elephants we went ahead to the camp
Soon afterward we started a fire as we did not have lunch and wanted to have an early dinner. Just as our boerewors was ready a lady walked into the camp to tell us that the elephants were at the boma and that we should watch where we walked.
We finished our dinner (priority), all the while hearing the elephants in the background. When we got around to walking to the boma (around 500 meters from our tent) it was sunset. We did not even notice that we walked right passed a group of them. When we got into the open, both them and us got a bit of a fright. I rushed up the stairs to the boma as another group were feeding a short distance to the other side of the boma. Once safe in the boma, I counted 35 elephants in the pan. By now I was upset with myself for having made dinner a priority. It was just to dark to take a good photo. But who would have thought that there would be so many?
We walked/run back to camp as we were told that they come into camp in the evening. As a matter of fact, the signs were all around the camp. So too with the hippo's.
Well, that was that. I got myself ready for bed in an instant and did not move from bed again
Not a good night for me, so I was up and ready to get out of this "bush camp" asap.
On the hand, I just enjoyed every moment of this. This is Africa. This is what I want to see. I really hope there is more of this!!!!