Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Monday, July 16, 2012

At Tsodilo we realised that water would be a problem if we did not fill up at a good source before going to Central Kalahari.  Furthermore, seeing an increased amount of fellow travellers on the road, we decided to make a booking for at least one day in C. Kalahari before going all that way and finding that they have not space.

Driving into Maun we were quite excited to encounter traffic for the first time in a long while. We set up camp at Maun Camping on the river.  Although being in the city one felt as if you were far from it except for the regular city noises like planes, cars, dogs (hundreds of them, and alarms.  Good ablutions, electricity point and laundry area made it a perfect spot for us. We could buy a Botswana sim card in order to use the internet too. 
Washing by hand has become the norm and Carlos has developed a flair for putting up a wonderful washing line at every given spot. Unlike in Durban where it can take days for washing to dry, here, even hand washed and rung clothes dry overnight.  We hung it out at about 6 pm and the next morning everything, including the denims, were dry!
Maun as far as business goes – is a real “manana” town (tomorrow).  We arrived on President's day, a public holiday.  As you can imagine not much was happening in town.  The next day, a normal working day, businesses were still closed, except for a few clothing stores.  Even the post office was closed!  Oh my hat! I would crack if I had to live here.  Another problem is communicating.  No one seems to understand you. So this gave us a bit of an idea as to what we are heading for in the rest of Africa.
The booking office for the parks was at least open and we could do the necessary. One nigh in Central Kalahari would cost R350. Up to now we have been paying an average of about R100 p night with ablutions and electricity.  
We will be coming back to Maun. We plan to take a flight over the delta. The only problem is that it seems that to get into Moremi and Chobe is not easy as it is fully booked.
We will try our best otherwise we will be forced to skip. Good excuse to come some other time. hehehe
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