The last time we were able to write was in Swakopmund and we promised further episodes but alas, the lack of internet places and the fact that they were so very slow when we did find some, prevented us from updating you. In fact, that was one of the frustrating parts of travel in
Most of the exciting parts of the second tour we were on between Capetown and Livingstone occurred in the last 10 days. First, we went to a game park in
The next morning we watched LOTS of zebras and springboks, and a few wildebeest taking turns at the waterhole. Then, most of our group went out on game drive vehicles while 5 of us used the tour bus to do a game drive in another part of the park. We saw lots more animals than they did, and they had paid a lot of money to be hauled around in the 4 by 4’s and with a guide, so it was very frustrating for them. One of the factors at the park was that there has been a lot of rain this year during the recently ended rainy season so there is still a lot of water in the Etosha Pan and the animals don’t have to depend on the waterholes so not as many of them come. During our second night of camping there was lots of roaring, presumably from the lions that we had seen earlier in the day laying around under an acacia tree.
Driving through the
The next wildlife experience was at
Then it was time to head for the last country and the last stop,
Because some of our people were leaving early the next day, this night had to be our farewell dinner so Johan arranged for us to join a booze and dinner cruise on the Chobe River, above the Falls. The boat was a fairly large one and there were other people on board too, but we had a good cruise and presented our driver and tour leader with their thank you tips and managed to say a few nice things about them. There was some wildlife along the riverbanks and the highlight of the cruise was watching a family of elephants swim across the river from an island back to the mainland side. They swim underwater and stick their trunks out like a snorkel tube for air. When they reach the bank, the first one up uses his trunk to help pull the others up the steep bank. There was a beautiful sunset and then we docked and headed back to the hotel.
The highlight of the trip occurred the next morning. We flew over the Falls in a helicopter. It was FABULOUS!!! A 22 minute flight cost $180 apiece but it was certainly worth it. We could see the entire huge river heading for the drop, then the Falls and all the mist, and then we flew through the gorge of the
Later that day, we repacked, culling out all the stuff we didn’t want to haul back to the
Overall, our 2 ½ months in southern
Thanks for traveling with us these past few months! Please feel free to e-mail us with your comments, and also to let us know how things are going in your lives. We have been away a long time and we need some news!
Love, Mary & Elaine