Day 306… Maun
Drive to Maun and our camp in Namibia. (615km, approx 9 hrs). The bus is still place for sleep, reading and nd and ductility though as a few rousing hours of UNO SPIN prove. Maun, however, is the gateway to one of the world’s most renowned and complex ecosystems, the Okavango Delta. (Mildly disappointed to discover the Cradle of Humankind is in Tanzania and Kenya… I’m going to have to come back… and I’m not opposed to that. I really like it over here).
Formed by the Okavango River as it flows from the highlands of Angola down to a basin on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is unlike anything else in the world. The river has no outlet from the desert and spreads out into thousands of small streams to form a wilderness that is totally unspoilt. The 16,000 sq km maze of wetlands is a wonderland of clear meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. The delta is filled with a diversity of flora and fauna that includes hippos, crocodiles, elephants and the big cats. However, it’s not for the game that we come as it can’t always be found. The delta is about exploring one of the world’s most fascinating ecosystems. Today is an easy day with camp set up and organising the next day. Here i decide its worth the upgrade to a full hotel room so I can shower and get laundry done and, amongst other things, enjoy the luxury of air conditioning and a nice soft bed.
Day 306… Maun