Posts Tagged ‘Botswana’

We’re not out of Africa yet, we’re in Egypt, which has a distinctive Northern African/Middle Eastern feel. And so it feels as though we’ve left Africa behind us now, although the continent will surely stay with us for years to come.

We’ve covered roughly 20,000 km overland, across 12 different countries (excluding Egypt), not really knowing what to expect as we moved from one to the next. We enjoyed every country we visited, but a few definitely stand out in our minds, namely Namibia for its spectacular desert scenery, Malawi for it’s warm and friendly people, and Ethiopia for it’s unique culture and breathtaking mountains.

Here are some of the small things that will remind us of our time in Africa:


Poler and makoro

The Okavango River Delta in Botswana is the world’s largest inland delta, fed by several rivers coming down from Angola. The landscape of the delta is in constant flux, as waters rise and fall and islands are created and then submerged once again. We signed up to take a two night excursion into the delta, away from the truck, where we’d be completely immersed in the wild bush of Africa. We headed out early on the first day, and after nearly two hours of driving in a huge 4×4 truck through wild grasses and deep streams, we arrived at our drop point and were introduced to our group of local guides. They would be responsible for our safety over the next couple of days, as we trekked and camped and swam in the land of hippos, lions, buffalo, baboons, and more.