We woke up before sunrise and had breakfast before we drove towards the border between Namibia and Botswana. First we had to stamp out of Namibia, and then we checked into Botswana.
After a couple of minutes of driving we stopped for lunch near a gas station and then we drove to a camp for the “Bushman Experience”. It was one large building with many rooms where we were staying. It was a much simpler place than we were used to, with power aggregate (no electricity during the day and night at this place, only a few hours in the evening). We got a guided tour with a real bushman who taught us about different plants and trees they use for different purposes, also which stone they use for e.g. make fire and weapons, and so much more.
For dinner this night it was braai-time and game meat: oryx, springbuck and kudu. And Jon and I made some kind of beer bread by mixing flour, beer, oil and salt, rolled them as buns and stuck a piece of cheese in the middle before we put them on the grill.
Then the bush people told stories and danced around the fire.
It’s great to taste some local food and try something new! We also liked the bushman experience, to learn how they’ve done things for so many years, living only by stuff they find in the bush; hunting animals with bow and arrow, eat the meat, and use the left overs for clothing, making weapons etc. We know it’s different now, and eventually the Bushmen will disappear completely, because time changes and it gets harder to survive in the wild.
Next day we drove on to Maun where we could get some Botswana money, something to drink and some snacks. Then we went to the camp for the night: Island Safari Lodge.
After lunch we checked into our rooms, and it looked like everything at this place was chaotic…. People had to swap rooms, they couldn’t give the right message, the water was on and off for hours, the power went out during the night and then the dinner…. You wouldn’t think it would be that hard to get the food right when ordering the dishes several hours in advance. But, this is Africa (get used to hearing the phrase during your travels in Africa).
We were also supposed to take a scenic flight that afternoon, but the company booked a bigger group and we got many hours with nothing to do. They had free wifi and a pool, but the weather wasn’t that good, so at least we could spend some time on the internet.
After dinner we went back to the room, turned on the Air condition and then went to bed to get some sleep…
Early up the next day, awakened by something crawling and making noise in a plastic bag. We had no idea what it was, so we carried the bag outside and closed the door. A few minutes later a big frog came crawling in underneath the door, and we think that was the culprit. The power had disappeared during the night so we had to pack our things in the dark. And yeah, that mean we also had to find that crawling thing we had no idea what was in totally darkness.
We ate breakfast in the restaurant, then took our baggage to the truck… One bag to stay and one to go. It was Okavango Delta time!