Hello from Maun, Botswana!!!
Wow, what a crazyt ride we've had since our last entry!!!
We went to a Cheetah Park, where we stroked 'tame' cheetahs, and then went out into the bush to watch the feeding of the wild ones. We then camped at a place called Spitzkop which was filled with massive granite boulders and slept under the stars in a cave. Before we headed for the border, we said goodbye to Namibia by spenmding a couple days at Etosha National Park, where we saw some amazing wildlife. Most memorable of which was watching a herd of elephants crossing the road inn front of our truck, watching lions stalk impala and gemsbok, and seeing giraffes spread their legs to drink from a waterhole.
After arriving in Botswana, we went straight to the Okovango Delta where we have been staying for the last three days. WOW!!! I always wanted to get into the bush and sleep with the animals but this was taking it a little too literally!! An elephant herd surrounded our camp site last night - not 30m away from where we were sleeping, which apparently is very unusual and even cuased our guides distress. The funniest weas when Stu and I wernt to the bush toilet (a hole in the ground) which was cut short by a massive elephant trunpeting and stomping right behind us!
The most brilliant thing about staying remote in the Delta was that we did everything on foot. This allowed us to get up close and personal with the animals, and we walked freely amongst wild giraffes, elephants, hippos and buffalos. Another memorable experience was witnessing the lions kill (a massive buffalo) and the hyenas and vultures scavenging on the half-eaten corpse. The smell was horrific but would not hesitate to do it again.
Today, beong our third month travel anniversary brought a few surprises: no sooner had we jumped on a mokorro (dug out canoe) than we almost ran over a hippo and had to quick smart turn around and flee before it came after us! Midway through the 1.5hr ride, the heavens opened, and with no other mode of transport (or options) we sat it out and got drenched.
Yes, it has been quite an adventure, and will make for some stories in the future :)
Tonight we are celebrating our anniversary with whatever beverages are available, before heading to Chobe tomorrow. Bring it on!!
We will update photo's hopefully this weekend, when we are in Victoria Falls.
Until then, watch for elephants in the toilet!
xxxxxxxx berns and stu