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Gweta: changing tyres

Wednesday October 13th. 178.9 NM (37.5 NM + 141.4 NM)  Livingstone - Kasane - Gweta 

The rain season is catching up with us, first dropps come down as we land on Gweta airstrip. Our sleeping arrangements this time are little rondawels, each with 2 single beds and a little round table in the middle with a condombasket. The lounge/ breakfast place is big with a fireplace. We enjoy nice Sixty's & Seventies music that evening and mellow down.    

Next morning our guide takes us for an elephant Jeepsafari. At one of the few trees in the valley we stop to look at a herd, who is gathering around and we spot one bull in must in the distance.

Bushman making fire
Us, still trying to get the best picture, look disappointed as the jeep starts up again... Soon, we get out of sight of the elephants near thicker bush and stop again. The jeep had a burst tyre ...

Next day we go on a walksafari with 2 San men. They show us how to gather and hunt for animals. I luv the clicking (khoisan) language, and allthough the storys they tell about every single plant we come across is in english, they try to get us to understand 'khoisan'. And show us patiently how to make fire;0  

Time for action: a special quad trip to Botswana's salt panns. First we learn to ty a big arabic scarf (keffiyeh) around our head and off we go. We stay a little bit on the borders to have as little environment impact as possible and make only 1 stop halfway to search for special stones!  (all in your head;-))  

Back in the little town of Gweta we have sundowners in the midds of a lonely, sad, grey street (eery monkey watching feeling). Thankfully we move on to have a talk with an town elder and his grandson. Marvellous! Lotta love and warmth was shining through them. We talked about age, culture and family. Loek was quickly picked as our eldest by "opa", mostly due to his grey beard, and they bonded for life.

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Gweta: changing tyres
Gweta: changing tyres
Bushman making fire
Bushman making fire
Makgadikgadi panns
Makgadikgadi pann's
Baobab tree
Baobab tree
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photo by: Biedjee