Encounters with elephants and the Okavango Ghost!

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

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Up at 5:30 for tea and cereal before heading off for what was a very long 6 hour game walk. Very cool indeed, the highlights were getting within about 15m from a giraffe and 5m from an elephant. The elephant eventually started flapping it's ears and raising it's trunk, a sure sign it was ready to charge and a wake up call to us that we needed to move on!

The Africa big 5 are what everyone comes to see. Leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo and rhino. Each of these has an equivelant, or so I learned that day, called the little five! We got to see the Red Billed Buffalo Weaver that day, one of the so called little five. The other 4 were the elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and the rhino beetle!

We also got to see giant eagle owl, francolin, plover, long tailed shrike, wilderbeast and a heard of zebra that we stopped to observe for a good 40 minutes.

Eman gave us an interesting talk about the termite mounds saying they lasted for up to 85 years and telling us all about the queens and workers. He really was a great guide with lots of knowledge and interesting facts.

It was a long tiring walk back to camp in the miday sun and we were very happy to have lunch waiting for us on our return. More of the delicious catfish.

Later that afternoon we swam and tried paddling the Mokoros again, yet another complete disaster. Charlie capsized twice, I spent more time in the reeds than in the actual channel.

Early evening and the mokoro driver took us out and showed us how to do it. We took a couple of beers and headed out to a nice spot to watch the sunset.

That evening we sang 'row row row your boat' to the polers, although some may debate whether the words coming out of my words were actually singing. They sung some traditional songs, before one of them very cleverly attached burning embers to himself and came in to camp as the legendary 'Okavango Ghost'. It really was quite a display.
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