DAY 24

Week 4

NGOMA (Zambezi, NAM) to KASANE (North-West, BWA)

Sunday December 4th, 2016

TODAYS MILEAGE – 69 miles or 111 kilometres
TRIP MILEAGE – 16239 miles or 26134 kilometres

After such a big day on the road yesterday, we were all pleasantly surprised to find that we actually spent more time at the Ngomo Nambia/Botswana border crossing, than driving to our overnight stop at Thebe River Camping.

We also had to laugh at the Botswanan bureaucracy at its best. We had to ensure all our footwear were dipped in this manky effluent looking liquid that sat in a pan, on the side of the road, opposite the border post. Apparently this is one of Botswana's measures in eradicating foot & mouth disease, so that they can export thier livestock to the European Union - bizarre to say the least.

Most of the afternoon was spent exploring Chobe National Park and I was more than impressed with just how many and how close we could get to the elephants, giraffes, warthogs, hippos, cape buffaloes, sable, antelope and the like. Without a doubt, the best game safari of the trip so far.

The late afternoon/early evening was spent on the Chobe River, which literally runs right through our campsite in Kasane, on our three hour sunset cruise out and around Sedudu Island (known as Kasikili Island in Namibia). Again, we were treated to an abundance of hippos, crocodiles and an assortment of hooved animals. Can't get much better than trolling around on a boat at sunset, with a full esky and good company to share it with.

The only downer on the day was having a word to our Swiss train conductor. If the truth be told, this evenings CTJ "Come To Jesus" had been building the entire trip due to him only thinking of himself, much to the detriment of those around him. After he went back for his 3rd plate of food while some of us had not got an initial plate, then obviously words were exchanged.

Not that the CTJ put too much of a damper on my day. I was off to the pub and had a great time chatting with some locals. Even managed to gross "Maverick" out by licking his eyeball, which "Mama Lolo" near fell off her perch from laughing so hard.

• CAMP CHOBE (Zambezi, NAM)
• ROAD A33 (North-West, BWA)
• KASANE ~ Chobe River Cruise (North-West, BWA)

Day 18 - Kasane - Chobe National Park
Rising early, we depart Namibia and cross the border back into Botswana. Soon after our arrival in Botswana we will enjoy our time participating in the Chobe game drive, in search of vast herd of elephants and a multitude of antelope, including the rare sable. In the afternoon, we board our boat for a relaxing afternoon of game viewing from the Chobe river.