Day 25 - morning
Day 17 - Northern Experience Tour
38 Celsius, sunny & hot
Half an hour after finishing breakfast, I was anxiously waiting along the shore of the lagoon for the rest of the group to arrive.
This morning, we were heading by boat deeper inside this Okavango Delta where a network of water pathways and thick vegetation would be explored! And of course, where also African wildlife wandered about!
I was properly dressed for the occasion with long sleeves and pants due to the mosquitos in the swamps. We were told to do so as well as spray ourselves with insect repellent to keep them away.
First one on the boat, I rapidly made myself comfortable at the front of it while Michel, he rapidly sat next to me but not before helping a local man to push the boat away from the shore.
And then within seconds, we had left the edge of the lagoon while the boat turned around and the motor was put on! With the Okavango Delta opening right in front of me, excitedly I looked forward to my outing through mazes of water pathways!
I held on to my hat when speed was picked up and water splashed all around me. With the sun right in front of our course, I was blinded by its rays as I tried to look ahead.
It was exciting to be heading towards a network of papyrus-lined pathways, deep still pools, secret waterways, palm-fringed islands and natural lagoons! It was also exciting to be cruising through channels where reeds and grasses met way above our heads!
As exciting as this was, it was even more thrilling just knowing that this was where crocodiles and hippos lurked and where elephants wandered around. Where any minute from now, we could come face to face with any of them as we ventured deeper inside this Okavango Delta!
This was the excitement that I lived through for the next hour or so during which time the adrenaline rush of living dangerously grew bigger inside of me while I kept my eyes wide open looking for wildlife.
Unfortunately, the only sightings we had were of birds resting along the channels but the hippos grunts and roars could be heard quite clearly. We knew that they were close by probably watching us from unknown hiding places. It was just too bad that we couldn't see them!
We eventually arrived at a small island where a few locals who lived in the delta greeted us in preparation of our next excursion. We were about to venture much deeper inside this Okavango Delta where no boats could go due to the water being much shallow. And guess what!
We were about to be seated by pairs in mokoros in which we'd have a skill person to maneuver from the rear with the use of a long wooden pole!
To be continued…..Monique :-)