Africa Day #16

And we are off again to Muan, the tourist capital of Botswana. Although our next site is a campsite, the location is at a hotel with a really nice pool and a bar. Today was very hot, so once camp was set up, most of us set out to the pool.

Today, 11 of us set out to do an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. We were split into two groups, and I was in a 6 seat plane with 4 other travelers. We were able to fly over quite low, but it was also quite fast. I tried to capture some pictures with the GoPro, but most of them, it is hard to make out what they are. For the most part, though, I just tried to enjoy the experience, as I was told ahead of time, this wasn’t the best opportunity for pictures.

Flying over the Delta
Flying over the Delta – first sighting of Hippo

We saw a ton of Elephant, some solitary, some swimming and some in herds. I also saw my first Hippos!! As you can imagine, I squealed with delight! We saw a bunch of them by the water, but I also spotted one moving in the water, and nearly lost my mind. We also saw a giant herd of Water Buffalo by the water, which makes number 4 in the Big Five!

I really enjoyed the experience, and it was a really neat way to see the animals. I think the fact that I saw Hippo made the whole thing!

When we arrived back at camp, I helped make dinner, which was a spaghetti bolognese, and delicious and then packed up for our night tomorrow at the Okavango Delta. This is where we will be sleeping in the bush, no running water, no toilet, just a hole that will be dug for us! I initially thought we would be digging our own poop hole, but apparently the local guides will dig out one big one for all of us. We are told that it will be absolutely worth it! There is also a chance for animals to come through our site.

We were treated to another lightning storm off in the distance that was absolutely stunning. I did not have my camera with me, so I unfortunately didn’t even attempt at capturing the lightning, even though I doubt my abilities to do it again!

I am really excited for tomorrow, but I would be lying if I were to say I wasn’t a bit anxious about the poop hole! I guess we will have to wait and see.

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