12.07.2017 32 °C
11 July 2017
We’re going to Botswana!
Breakfast was at the lodge at 6.30am and we departed at 7.00am. We made a stop at the last town before the Namibian border, so Clever could get fresh supplies at the supermarket and so we could spend the last of our Namibian dollars.
We’ve had lunch at some places that are remote and dusty but today’s lunch was the most un-scenic place of all. We stopped beside a service station – there was no shade and there were the remains of smashed vehicles. But it was the best place to stop and set up a quick lunch of rolls and salad because it was right next to the border.
After lunch we walked to the border with Clever while William and JP began the long process of getting the vehicle stamped out of one country and into another. We had already filled out our exit cards and were stamped out of Namibia, we showed the stamp as we exited the gate and walked through no man’s land for about ten minutes before entering Botswana. In Botswana we filled in an entry card and were stamped into the country then showed the stamp as we walked out the gate. We had to wait about half an hour for William to get the truck through and we were on our way.
The scenery was different to Namibia. Botswana is very flat and there’s more trees and bushes. There are no fences beside the road and cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys roam freely. We only had a ‘bushy bushy’ stop along the way and arrived at our accommodation around 4.30pm.
The camp is called Ghanzi Trail Blazers, which is a very appropriate name. The track into the place was very long, with deep sand and it felt like we were blazing a trail through the wilderness. This accommodation could best be described as basic or rustic African style. However, I’d just call it awful and creepy. The little huts were spread out and I had one at the back, which meant I had to walk through scrub and thick sand to get there. The room was basic but had mosquito nets and you need them because there are gaps around the doors and the window screens don’t fit properly. The bathroom is outside – it had a roof over the shower, toilet and basin but was open with a wooden fence around it.
The electricity runs off a generator and only operates for a few hours a night … off at 10.00pm and back on around 6.00am. The hot water is heated by a fire and is available for a couple of hours in the evening. I immediately noticed a couple of spiders in my room … that’s not a good start! I had an early shower because I didn’t want to be out in the bathroom when it’s cold and dark.
We had dinner at the truck and even had a big campfire tonight. We had onion soup, lamb stew, pap and spinach. After dinner we took our little camp chairs over to watch some dancing performed by the San people. The San are the funny tribe from the movie from a while back called The Gods must be Crazy. The dancing and chanting was repetitive and it wasn’t great.
I used my head torch to find my way back to my cabin. I was very quick in the outside bathroom because there was a big spider on the wall. Even though the electricity was working the one light in my room was very dim and I had to use my head torch to get ready for bed. I wrapped the mosquito net around me to keep out the mosquitoes and spiders and I slept very well. At least I didn’t have rats scurrying around the room … one room did!