Africa #6

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Spoiled by rich sunrises and sunsets–it was the land of blood by dawn and dusk.

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A small traditional dugout canoe, called a Mokoro, can be taken through the Okavango Delta to set up camp on the uninhabited islands. One of the tribes people in the nearby villages will happily take you for a small fee, using a pole to push you through the water.

 

Mokoros are traditionally hollowed-out tree trunks. The small space inside is only just large enough for two people if you hold your tent, water bottles and sleeping bag on your lap. The journey is long, but stunningly pretty. You are likely to see a wide array of wildlife.

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This picture is one of my favorites in the Okavango. It is a dried up watering hole. To me it felt to illustrate the two harsh opposites of Africa–abundance and absence. This pair of inverses seemed to walk hand in hand across much of the continent.

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Sunsets are often the prettiest when you are alone to watch them.

23 thoughts on “Africa #6”

    1. It was a very photographic place! So pretty. I miss it, but the camping was hard at times, especially as it was their winter, so cold at night, even with our -14 rated sleeping bags!!! But then the days were so hot. Such a change!

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      1. Yes, thank goodness we didn’t get sick at all. I got a bit worried when our water one night from the borehole was brown! πŸ˜†

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      2. There was nothing else to drink πŸ˜†πŸ˜† we didn’t get sick, so I guess it was just bits of soil. Either that or we have good immune systems. A lot of people on the trip did get sick. I guess that is the problem with camping in the wilderness, hygiene can never be 100% as you are always dusty and dirty and there isn’t always water to wash up on. We were very thankful for our cleansing hand gel.

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    1. Ooh, yay, it’s always exciting to meet a fellow traveller! Where have you travelled? I am not currently in Africa, it always takes me a while to get all the photos up after returning home. As we were camping in the wild there, wireless was hard to come by. I am planning a trip to Japan for this summer.

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  1. I understand, I am still in the process of uploading past pictures! I’ve mainly traveled around Europe and Africa. I would love to go to Japan too! Can’t wait to see and hear all about it. My next trip coming up is to Canada and the US. Which country in Africa were you camping in?

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    1. The US is wonderful. Everything is larger than life and the people are a lot of fun! Canada is on my to-go-to list. I would love to know where you go and if there is anywhere you would recommend. When do you depart?

      In Africa we did wilderness camping. We started in Zimbabwe and travelled through Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. There is so much more of Africa I would like to see though, ideally camping again. It was freeing to be truly within the wilderness.

      Where have you visited in Africa?

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  2. I leave in April. I will definitely let you know how it goes!
    Sounds like an amazing trip of the beautiful continent! They are definitely on my list!
    I’ve mainly travelled through east Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. I’ve also been to Morocco, but that was a different experience compared to the wildlife and Safari’s. I would love to go back and discover more.

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    1. Yes, Morocco was a very different place, bustling with life and smells and beautiful colours. Parts of it reminded me very much of India. I would love to visit more of Africa, I loved it very much.

      I feel very fortunate to have been able to see so much of the world, but I find it is highly addictive. Like Pringles, once you start it, it is difficult to stop πŸ€—

      If you do not mind me asking, where do you live, and do you like it there. Please do not answer if this is too invasive. I will not be offended 😊

      I live in England, and apart from the drizzle-inclined climate and the current uncertain Brexit situation, it is a good place to live.

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  3. Haha, yes! Traveling is very addictive!
    Even if you’ve been to a country more than once, you’ll always find something new to explore and discover more and more about their culture. It’s amazing.

    I also live in England, it’s a beautiful place to come back to but the weather always makes me feel like I need to leave again haha. Blue skies are addictive too, something we lack!

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    1. Hello fellow England blogger! I think you might only be the second person I have spoken to on the blog who is from England!! We are clearly rarities–perhaps it is something to do with the weather making all the writers leave.πŸ˜† I would happily trade in some green fields for a little more sunshine.

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  4. Haha! I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case!
    Hope you enjoyed our week of summer in February πŸ˜‚.
    Hopefully it is a sign that we will be having a real Summer?

    Sorry for the late reply, turns out I didn’t press send!

    Hope all is well with you 😊

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    1. The weather has been crazy! It has been the hottest February on record, and then it was insanely windy last night. Last time the wind blew like that we lost half a dozen tiles from the roof, and our bin went on a social outing down the street, mingling with all the neighbours bins. It clearly had a good time as we found it lying on its side in the morning, having regurgitated all its contents, alongside all the other bins in the street which were in a similar state. What party animals!! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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