Day 45 7th July
Breakfast was simple this morning as we'd made the pancakes the night before, took a while mind twenty seven pancakes is a lot of pancakes. I somehow think cook group 1 (me, Becky and Carlos) won't be making them again anytime soon.
We've moved on today, no-longer in Zim and the newbees first truck/travel day. We're staying at a campsite near Chobe National Park. The afternoon was therefore spent on a river cruise watching animals on the shore and in the river as the sun was setting, and to make it even more wonderful in celebration of Liz's birthday tomorrow we had drinks, cheese and biscuits. It really was lovely there was elephants on the bank, crocodiles in the marshes, hippoes in the water and lots of beautiful birds- Kingfishers and Lapwings. Oh I now have a disposable camera yay!
Day 46 8th
Bush camp this evening, but in honor of Liz's birthday we had our first proper truck party, which inevitably led to the most pee stops we've ever had. So fun though. Dinner was poo though- hotdogs, yak what kind of dinner is that? I drenched mine in mustard and ketchup.
Day 47 9th
The day of Mr. Price. When I first read this in the iternery I thought maybe he was somesort of Delboy type who sold some 'interesting' things he or it is actually a clothes shop, nowhere near as exciting, but still fun we haven't seen clothes shops in so long. The clothes were cheap enough, although I kind of got the feeling they were for children as the tee-shirt I bought was XXL (no I'm not now a size twenty). I also bought a scarf and hat to keep me warm, combined with my glasses I look like Wally from Where's Wally.
I've decided I'm going to do the Okovango Delta trip tomorrow, I know budget wise it's probably not the most sensible thing to do, but I heard today that there's a chance it won't be there in the future. Angolia are planning to build a dam which would consequently starve the Delta of it's water supply thus killing everything that's there.
Day 48 10th The Okovango Delta
In order to arrive at the Delta we first had to drive there, which took an hour and a half and was ridiciously cold. The view of the passing world and the extreme cold gave a good impression of winter and autumn back home. Grass was dry and dead, and any trees that had foliage were varying shades of red and orange.
Arriving at the water we were greated with our vessels that would convey us and our luggage to the island, the Mokoro- long, rather shallow looking boats. We were meant to share them with another person as well as our poler, but looking at them it was hard to see how this was going to work they just looked too small and narrow. And yet, me, Ricki (newbee from Glasgow) and the Poler Oli managed it, and it was comfy as well. All I had to do was lay down. The journey to the island we would be staying at that evening was meant to take about an hour and a half but it was just so relaxing I have know idea how long it took. I fell asleep. My view was of the water, reeds, other mokoros and my feet. In fact the only thing that distracted from the beauty of the clear water and very blue sky was the bloody midges and flys.
After a quick tour of the island we were treated to Amy's amazing nacho combo, although cooked by Mike, and then singing from the Polers. They were really good, choir like and possibly biblical. In comparrsion we were rubbish. Our renditions of Hakuna Matata, the Timewarp and Tonight's going to be a good night, although accompanied by a stereo were really bad. I don't think they were offended though.
Day 49 11th
The ride back this morning was funny. I made Ricki sing with me. It didn't really matter that we were though because once again Oli was being super slow so no-one was around. Actually come to think of it poor Oli.
In the afternoon a few of the others went back to the Delta for a plane ride, the photos looked amazing. I chilled and read my book. Tonight was also the final for the World Cup so in order to make it more interesting for those of us who don't usually watch footie the guys turned it into a drinking game. We each had players we had to follow etc etc (there were so many rules) and weirdly my guy scored the winning goal, yay Inesta (I still prefer rugby though).