|left Zimbabwe on the 8th, passing by huge queues of people trying to buy bread, heading to Chobe National Park.... it's renowned for it's huge population of elephants which they're gonna start culling next year as they've knocked down too many trees. One baby elephant stepped in front of the jeep and kicked dirt at us and there was a small herd eating dinner at the local rubbish tip.
From Chobe we headed for the Okavango Delta, bushcamping at the side of the road on the way. Heard many hyena and zebra during the night and was convinced I heard an elephant in the early hours of the morning. It wouldn't have been too unusual cos we passed a few herds at the side of the road.
Went on a 2 night canoe safari in the Delta. A poler took us int the Delta in a dugout canoe (makuru). Fortunately we ended up with a fibre glass canoe (not very traditional) but were the only 2 in our group who managed to stay dry. Several times during the trip, the others had to run to ground and bale water out of their dugouts.
Pulled into an idyllic spot in the Delta to camp. The polers dug a toilet for us in the sand - about 4 feet deep. It wasn't very private.. you just had to shout if you saw someone coming while you were relieving yourself. Some of the group slept under the stars by the fire, but we opted for the tent and still managed to get savaged by either mosquitoes or sandflies.
Left the Delta on the 13th and headed back to camp. Had a big party that night as both of us and Paul were leaving the following day. Paul to Jo'burg and us to Cape Town. Everyone in our group (12 at that stage) managed to get chucked into the pool which was inside the bar (a recipe for disaster).
Headed for Cape Town on the 14th...