Limpopo Valley, Okavango Delta

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Saterday October 9th: 386.6 NM (111.2 NM + 275.4 NM) Limpopo Valley - Francistown (FBFT) - Kanana (none)

From Limpopo Valley it is recommended to follow the highroad to Kanana, but we go for the direct track over the stretched Makgadikgadi panns. When our GPS tells us we are at our destination we have 2 little sand strips ahead of us. Usually our pick up, which is part of our all-inclusiv package, stands waiting on the airstrip, but this time no jeep is to be spotted. First plane goes for a better look, and decides to go for the strip on the left island. After landing, pilot Fedor radios the other 2 planes and gives us the go ahead; 'just a bit short and little loose sand but OK.

MalaMala Airstrip
 Try not to use breaks untill you have to...' 

A jeep appeares not long after the safe landing of our third plane. Here we are, right in the middle of the beautiful Okavango Delta. After a bumpy ride we are warm welcomed by the singing and dancing staff.  Our accomodations are beautiful high tents on the river bed, and in walking distance to the main tent (with a common lounge and grand fridge, a little note is left where you can write down what you take) where we enjoy a nicely baked cake. It appeares no one minds the little black ants crawling through it, so why should we? It was tasty! 

After dinner (no, not the cake, they did serve meat and vegetables some time later;)), we sit outside with the other guests: a lady travelling alone, a british couple and a retired couple from South-Africa, around the fire admiring the stars above.

Okavango Delta

Next day I join my pilot friend in a watersafari by komoro. My friend knows many birds by name and on every safari he gets excited when spotting rare ones calling out their names and habbits. This time he can't get the right name so asks our guide: 'who's making that noise?' the guide thinks for 3 seconds and answers: 'a bird' ... Just at the end we spot a frog on a grass and he tells us name, history and likings. For me this was the best guide ever, am crazy about hem:). My friend; not so much.. 

Our walksafari in the afternoon was grant, besides a herd of elephants and the local red lechwe antelopes, we spotted 2 beautiful big, !no huge!, white snow owls.

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MalaMala Airstrip
MalaMala Airstrip
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Okavango Delta
Francistown
photo by: clouds2008