Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Back to Botswana!

Monday 30th - Got up early today as we needed to get on so was putting the tent down in the dark. this however was not a good thing as i managed to find a hole and fall down it n bust my ankle again. nice one lyndsey. it meant laura had to put the tent down by herself and i was well prud of her cos it was the first time she had done it by herself!! i ended up getting a lift out of the campsite (as we had left the truck outside) in a pick up thing cos i couldnt walk. lol. We crossed the border back into botswana and headed to swampstop. We waded in again and got a speedboat down the river. After we had got to our stop and were waiting for our next lift a wedding procession came down to the river which was pretty snazzy to watch. We were taken to our campsite in the okavango delta. I didnt do the walk in the afternoon so stayed behind with zoe to cook the tea and then we went in the mokoros to watch the sunset.
Tuesday 1st May - We spent the day going throught the delta on the mokoros. it was pretty cool but there were loads of bugs n stuff all over you cos of going through the reeds. There were some well pretty pools which were covered in water lilys. We had a walk round and island and got boots soaked through due to lots of rian and floods again. We headed back to out campsite and went for a play in the water and to have a go on the mokoros in the afternoon. We had a traditional meal in the evening and a fairly early night. our tents were really cool - we were able to stand up in them n things.
Wednesday 2nd - We left the delta today and had loads of loading and unloading and loading and unloading of our things in getting back to the truck. We drove through botswana today with a quick stop in maun and then had a spice girls session on the way to the campsite. were so engorossed tht we missed the ardvark model on the side of the road. spent evening round fire chatting. Stayed at planet baobab.
Thursday 3rd - Me laura steve n cliff left at 7.30 for our day at the makgadikgadi pans. We had a little drive around and then got to the quad bike place. We were given blanket things to make head dresses from and then we got on the bikes. i was sharing with laura and she drove first. The landscape of the salt pans was so awesome, it was so vast - stretched and stretched as far as you could see. It also had the illusion of being able to see water (which you couldnt) which was so wierd! me n laura swapped driving and it was so fun! well different perspective too! Kept catching steve up when i was driving which was a giggle. After we finished with the quad biking we went for a drive and came to a water hole where cows, horses and zebra were all mixed up which was so cool! We went to see a Boabab tree which is said to be the 2nd oldest tree in Africa at 5 1/2 thousand years old. Had lunch sitting around it and i tried climbing it! Went to see some more trees and then headed back. we came across a huge herd of zebra running across the road and they seemed to go on forever! On getting back to the site i jumped in the pool with steve and it was actually baltic! I found a step in the pool with my shin as well which hurt a fair bit! Sat round fire in evening.


Saturday 28th - We did a pyjama border crossing day into namibia today and spent all day in them. Drove down the Caprivi Strip and headed to the Ngepi campsite. Couldnt take the truck in due to the area having had a lot of rain so had to wade in. Found the star bath and decided we would have to get in at some point in the next couple of days! Spent evening in the bar - it had loads of awesome signs and a really cool shooters list. Taught some guys the dance to the springbok and made up dances to the other ones. spent evening dancing in bar. good fun.
Sunday 29th - Got up at 11.30 and me and laura went for a shower which was a mistake. it was so cold it was baltic. Sat sunning ourselves on the deck and then went in the swimming pool (basically a cage in the river so you had the rivers current to swim against, well strong!). After spending the afternoon sunning ourselves and reading we went on a tour of the loos. they were so cool, it was wicked! toilets were: *garden of eden *today *tomorrow *loo with a view *5 star *Kings and Queens *His and Hers, as well as numerous baths and also the kitchen sink!! We did loads of poses in our newly bought ngepi tops and then me zoe and laura got in the bath and had an awesome girly chat!


Thursay 26th April - Had a really easy border crossing into Botswana and after spending 3 hours in town (an hour of tht spent trying to change travellers cheques) we headed to the campsite. There were a couple of other trucks around which was cool, came across a guy and a girl doing a vodka shot competition which was well amusing, they were well competitive!
Friday 27th - Lazy day today, washing, reading and lying in sun. had a sunset cruise at 3 and as usual took far too many photos! Did marshmellows round fire which was a giggle!