Monday, December 7, 2009

Just crossed into Zambia

Back again.

The Okavango Delta was amazing! We were taken into it by traditional dugout canoes called Mukoros to our bush camp under the most awesome old tree on an island in the middle of the delta. Our polers (canoe drivers) were our guides too and stayed with us for the 2 days. We went swimming in the pristine waters, went by canoe to see hippos, went bush walking and saw many different animals (elephants, hippo, zebra, crocodile, antelope, etc). Our trip back by canoe was more relaxed as it was earlier in the day and not as hot. We had a hiccup going back to Maun as the truck broke down resulting in a 5 hour wait under a tree....but such is life!

Our next destination was Chobe national park. The camp ground was lovely and that evening we went on a cruise on the river and saw nearly 100 elephants come down to drink. One group alone had nearly 70 in it. I will never forget the spectacle of seeing such a large group of wild elephants. We went on an early morning game drive the next day and saw other animals including lions.

Next stop was 2 days at Victoria falls on the Zimbabwe side. It is a small town and has a lot of character. The first night we went out for dinner as a group to saw goodbye to those leaving (including our driver and tour guide) to a place called 'Bomas place of eating'. It serves traditional Zimbabwe foods including game meat. I ate warthog, Eland and buffulo.

We went for a helicopter flight over the falls which was breathtaking and then went on a cruise in the evening. In the afternoon we went to a craft market and bought lots of souveniers. They were desperate for sales and very pushy but it was an interesting place.

This morning we went down to the Victoria falls national park to see the falls from ground level. They are truley amazing to see and it is still at a reasonably low level.

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