Back to reality! We had to repack all the gear in the car which had got a bit disrupted when we checked into the hotel. But the day was only a short driving one - and all on bitumen - crossing over the border into Botswana again at Kasungula. After the exit formalities which were surprisingly quick, we checked in on the Botswanan side. First it was a check of our passports to see if we had been in an Ebola-infected area and then the immigration part which was also quick. But we were all stopped and searched thoroughly by quarantine. A sign declared that all meat from cloven-footed animals would be confiscated for Foot and Mouth control. But the officious little woman and man poring over our car also took our eggs and chicken as well as the red meat . When we pointed out politely that chickens were not cloven-footed animals, they said that since the sign had been made, there was also an out-break of chicken influenza… since of the group lost only the chicken, some only their eggs and some nothing at all. Typical of the random nature of officialdom in Africa!
Kasane, the close-by town over the border has a big Spar supermarket so we had a chance to stock up again after the poorly-stocked stores in Zimbabwe.
The campground was only a few kilometres further, right on the Chobe River. After setting up camp, we all piled into a two-storey boat for a three hour cruise on the river. We had done this last time and it was excellent - this time it was also good game viewing. We saw crocs and hippos close up; elephants, giraffe, kudu all along the banks; waterbirds and eagles and kingfishers. The sunset was the quintessential African red sun sinking into the marshy reed-filled waters - a lovely end to the day.