Guide: "we will see lots of animals but if ...

Trip Start Jun 01, 2002
Trip End Sep 11, 2007

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Guide: "We will see lots of animals, but if you see a buffalo and it starts to charge - you must run zig zag - not straight! Then go up tree until it passes"
Group Member: What if there is no trees to climb?
Guide: "Find one.... Very fast!"

It's me again - funny about that since it is my journal. Well we have just landed in to Namibia after a 5:30am start - very early. Well the last couple of days have been great - spent 2 night out in the Okvanko Delta bush camping style. How we got there was half the fun, we spent 1.5 hours on speedboats that zigged zagged around the tall reeds and shallow waters of swamp land. Many times on the speed boat we saw massive croc's, hippos and other game - that is Africa talk for aniamals. Mind you we got the speed boat at 8am and using my handy windchil workouter thing, I worked out it was about 2 degrees - very cold!

From there we had local guides pick us up and we spent 2 hours in Makores - what are makeros I hear you asking - well imagine a gondala in Venience, well it is praticular the same. Two people and your gear in a wooden dug out canoe. The guide stands at the end and digs his 12foot pole into the seabed and pushes you along..The only problem is that it is about 3 inches above the water line - which means you are 3 inches away from Hippos and Crocs, spiders and other creep crawlies. But the best part was - it was a Friday at 1pm and I was lying in a canoe with no shirt catching a tan, getting guided through the beautiful waters of Botswana drinking rum right out of the bottle - hmmm this scenerio or work.... Geez I miss work! Not

The bush camp was exactly that - no fences. Where we set up can't you could see fresh Zebra, Hippo and Buffalo prints. Hmm could be an interesting couple of nights. Once set up we were again makerod to a beautiful spot to watch sunset - one of the best I have seen so far! Two (Jim and I) of us decided to face the wild face to face and sleep out doors. Good in theory but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature to turn the lights off... You know when you try and sleep and there is a street light that comes through your window - you get up and adjust the curtain - how do you do that with the Full Moon? Woke up about 3am and went back to my tent where it was dark!

Next day went on a 4 hour game walk - which was great. Did not see huge amounts of animals - zebra, warthog and Elephants. But I can now tell you exactly what crap came from what animal and how it was feeling when it did it!! I reck'n I have seen more shit than a toilet convention! Weather wise it has been really weird - cold in the mornings and by about 11am boiling hot, then as soon as the sunsets - cold again.. Have got a little burnt but tanning up nicely.

After the bush camp - headed back to our previous camp. What else is there to do when night falls except drink - 11 days in a row now! - so off to the bar we went. What turned out to be a quiet few beers turned into a crazy night. This bar had an old Makero suspended from the roof (not that well mind you) - so the local cook made everyone get into boat and take our shots from there - the whole 4 of them in a row. Now anyone who knows me, I do not handle shots too well - but I am proud to say that they kept down. So after more beers and more shots (the sprinbok - oh my god yummy!) finally crashed into bed by the latish hour of 11pm! Tent spinning and all.

Last night - we had a local tribe come and do dancing and story telling. The people in the tribe talk exactly like in the movie "Gods Must be Crazy" - lots of clicking and clacking! Very good night! Was a bit tired and sorry for myself from the previous night.

Whilst in Nambia will be going to Etoshca National Park for some more bush camping - hopefully to see some cats. Whilst we are here - heading to a cheetah farm where they look after injured and tamed cheetahs - cannot wait! Going through film like it is out of fashion

We have done about 2000km already in the truck and time is taken by playing cards, dice games, listening to my walkman - the group do not really appreciate my singing voice - but I am sure they will get used to it after 5 weeks! My main truck activity is sleeping - this morning at 5:30am - sleeping was in order. I have to admit that this travel thing is fun collecting stamps in your passport and all.

Hope all is well and congrats Gav and Col on Mr Olivier - I am sure Manute has organised the collingwood jumper to be presented on pie night!!!

Talk soon - love me!

"Its better to die on your feet than to live on your knees"
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