The muppets from Overland Club

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Today is the start of 5 months on the road! Up for an early start again and another bush walk. Baboon, hippo, giraffe etc. A few new things we saw included Steenbok, a small antelope who was very curious and not as skittish as I would have expected. There were the green coloured little bee-eaters and the swallow tail bee-eaters. We also saw some Meyer's Parrots hanging out under a sausage tree that Eman was giving a talk about.

Wild sage and asparagus were 2 plants we saw that also interested me.

During these walking safaris it really had felt like we've had to use all 5 senses.

Sight - Amimal spotting and footprint tracking
Hearing - All the animals including our first indication of the elephants that allowed us to approach them from the angle we wanted to
Touch - Feeling elephant leaves that were like velvet
Taste - Baobab fruit
Smell - Dung smell for freshness, allowing us to tell how recently the animals had been by. Plus all the plants, for example the Sage

Back to camp and after brunch we packed up, jumped in the Mokoros and were in the 4WD and Maun for 2pm. Kate's foot had swollen up to the size of a balloon and we went to the pharmacy and the guy said it was probably infected from the water in the delta. Funny because Eman had told us that the water was totally free from any disease. In fact the water coming from Angola all got filtered as it passed through the delta and was safe to drink he went on to say. I was beginning to regret the 2 litres I'd necked when I'd run out of water on the last day!

That afternoon we did a scenic flight over the delta. Money well spent. There was not a hill in sight for the whole one hour journey, just flat expanse! We were flying at 500ft and got to see elephant, antelope, giraffe and some cool looking fat hippo in one of the pools. It seemed so low though and we could easily make out individual lily pads. The delta looked just as fantastic from the air as it had done below. Lots of animal tracks, waterways and swampy areas. We actually followed the Boro Channel that we had canoed up and got to see out camp from the air. What a fine way to see the delta.

Patrick told us that evening that we were going to be delayed for a day. Kate was leaving as part of her deal (assuming she could walk on her foot!) and was meant to get escorted to Jo'berg. They hadn't been able to arrange transport for her in the 3 days we were in the delta. What a set of muppets. So because of that we were all delayed for a day that meant we would probably miss some sights further down the road.

Nobody was very happy with the situation and it reeked of incompetence. It also meant because of our extra day in Vic Falls we were now 3 days behind the official schedule from the Internet!

That evening we got a free meal at the Sedia Hotel as a thanks for booking the tour with them. Everyone was intent on ordering the most expensive thing on the menu, hey we were all backpackers! Unfortunately they only had 3 full chickens left and I ended up with 'The Complete Burger'. We were also running short on Botswana Pula so with about as much decorum as a bunch of baboons we also dragged all our own beers into the restaurant hidden in a cooler under the table. It was Kate's last night so needless to say it was in order for us all to get hammered, unfortunately poor Kate was in bed by 9pm because the pain in her foot was getting too much!
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Sedia Hotel
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