Day 24 - evening
Day 17 - Northern Experience Tour
35 Celsius, full moon with stars, dark night
Tonight was quite enchanting with the full moon high above the Okavango Delta looking back at us as if smiling. Well, that was my interpretation of it whereas for Michel, the moon appeared like a big bright dot against the dark blue sky.
While studying the moon, a flying star passed right close to it to eventually disappear into the night. A wish was made right at that moment while Michel teased me about it!
The setting was calm and enjoyable while the lagoon in front of us, alive with mystery and sounds echoing in the dead of the night! No need to say more! It was mythical!
I stayed glued to my chair with Michel right next to me while watching the gentle movement of the waves below us! It was relaxing and hypnotizing as I tried to stay awake under the pressure of my eyes closing.
I was properly dressed for the evening with my long sleeves blouse and pants even though the temperature was around 35 degrees Celsius! I was comfortable. The mosquitos were out at this hour of the night and I surely didn't want to be bitten by any of them regardless the fact that I was taking my preventative malaria pills.
Our guides prepared for us a meal which we ate in the main area of this campground. We were the only tourists around plus the staff overlooking the grounds. Chicken was served but I opted for the rice and salads. Once more, the food was good.
We were the first ones to leave the table and made our way back to our permanent canvas tent by walking in total semi darkness. Only a few lights installed here and there illuminated the pathway. I dreaded the thought of coming face to face with a wild animal as I kept hitting the branches hanging from the trees but luck was on our side. None was seen!
The screen door of our canvas tent was barely open and closed in a jiffy hoping that no mosquitos would have time to sneak in. With lights switched on, I dared not to look around for any signs of spiders or insects inside the tent.
My mosquito net was installed from under the other one. Now with two nets above and around my bed, I felt secure in my own little world plus the fact that I covered myself from head to toe with my silk liner while Michel laughed at me.
As for him, he couldn’t care less and wandered around inside the tent unbothered by the spiders and insects. I rapidly fell asleep to the gentle sound of the waves splashing along the shore just a couple of meters away.Monique :-)Statistics of the day:
- K’Kwazi Lodge to Muhembo Border Post: 4 hours
- Muhembo Border Post to Guma Lagoon Camp: 2 hrs 30 min Total km: 370 km