13.07.2017 28 °C
12 July 2017
A later start today. Breakfast was at the truck at 7.30am and Clever cooked scrambled eggs. I was grateful to escape my dark little room. I heard the generator working but the lights flickered on and of and stayed off.
At 8.00am we started a bush walk with the San men and women. Two women had beautiful babies strapped to their backs. They described the different plants and roots and their uses – they did this in their own language, which has lots of clicking sounds – and this was translated for us. Two young men made a fire by rubbing sticks together until they got an ember and blowing on the ember. The walk was very interesting – so much better than the dancing last night.
We hit the road just after 9.00am and only had a ‘bushy bushy’ stop along the way, arriving in Maun (pr Maoon) around 2.00pm. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, it still has village status despite being a sizeable town with a small international airport. The lodge looked good, with a nice swimming pool but the rooms were a bit run down and the bathroom was even worse.
Clever was able to use the kitchen at the lodge and we ate lunch in the dining room. There was a flight over the delta and everyone except me had decided to do it. I’ll be happy to see the delta on the flight tomorrow. I spent the afternoon doing some washing, reorganising my bag (we can only take a backpack on the flight tomorrow) and organising my photos … a few hours well spent.
After the flight the group went to find ATMs and a supermarket, and Jude was good enough to also get some local currency for me. Up until now we have used the South African Rand – in Namibia it’s one to one with the Namibian Dollar. But Botswana’s currency is the Pula.
Dinner was also served in the lodge dining room. We had pork chops and beef sausages, potato and mixed vegetables followed by a biscuit and custard dessert. A very nice meal.