Sunday, June 1st, 2014

After a good night sleep I wake at 5:30am. Ollie comes by my tent at 6am to make sure I’m awake and again at 6:30am to take me to breakfast. I can not get down or up the ramp to my tent without help. It is chilly this morning and while most people have hats and winter jackets on, I’m wearing a long sleeve shirt. Ollie is our driver again along with Alex, Carol, Stuart and Caroline from yesterday. Yesterday was an amazing first day, I hope today can come close. We leave at 7am for the morning game drive. The terrain is very bumpy and at times we have to go through water that comes in the floor of the truck. We start the day seeing a couple birds, an african darter and kingfisher.

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We are heading to fourth bridge then third bridge in hopes of seeing wild dogs. The trucks have cb radios to communicate with other trucks from camp about what animals they are seeing. If one truck sees a lion it will radio the other trucks it’s location and they will go to that location. We make our way over fourth bridge and see a brown snake eagle, slender mongoose, kudu and black snake hawk. We cross over third bridge, yes, this is a bridge and see wild dogs.

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They have recently made a kill and cleaning themselves in the water. There is also a yellow billed stork with white face ducks in the background. To the other side of the truck we see zebra and wildebeest.

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Ollie gets a radio call about a heard of buffalo being close by. The small bird on the buffalo is a yellow billed ox packer that picks ticks and other small parasites off the buffalo. Next we see a yellow billed hornbill and a few giraffe. On our way to morning coffee break the wildebeest are chasing the dogs away.

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After break, we start heading back to camp, crossing back over third bridge we see a tsessebee, warthogs and several different birds (glossy ibis, white pelicans, saddle billed stork and yellow billed stork). Almost back to camp we see a family of vervet monkeys.

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We arrive at 11:45am at camp for brunch, 45 minutes late because of the busy morning. After brunch, Ollie pushes me through the sand and up the ramp to my tent. I sit on my deck organizing the morning photos and start writing during the break. Ollie comes back to pick me up at 3pm for the afternoon snack on the deck. Our afternoon safari is going to be on the boat. Ollie carries me down the 5 steps from the deck to the boat. I sit on one of the seats in the boat up front. The group from earlier today are on the boat with me. We make our way through the pampas grass to a large opening on the water.

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We see a malachite kingfisher, pigmy goose, african darters in a jackelberry tree and an african jacana. We pass by some papyrus and a place where elephants cross between the different islands to feed. We see another african darter drying out it’s wings.

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We make a stop and each take a ride in a mokoro. A small dug out canoe used in the Okavango Delta propelled through the water with a long stick. Ollie picks me up an places me in the mokoro and propels me on a short ride. We see some reed frogs on the mokoro ride. We get back on the boat and head to the large open area, from earlier, for drinks and a beautiful sunset.

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We get back to the dock just after 6pm and Ollie helps me to my tent to get cleaned up for dinner. He picks me up again at 7:10pm for drinks at the fire pit before dinner. I talk with Arnez about my website, recent and future travel plans. After only two days I have several new people following me and my travels. Dinner tonight is tomato basil soup, chicken, lamb, couscous and desert is death by chocolate. Most people head to the fire pit after dinner and I spend time talking with Alex about my travels. I’m once again the last leaving the fire pit. It’s so peaceful to watch the fire, look at the stars and listening to the wildlife. I get helped back to my tent and write a little before going to bed for another long day tomorrow. Today was better than yesterday. I’ve seen almost everything I wanted to see in the first 3 game drives, except a lion and cheetah. The chances of seeing a cheetah are slim because of the vegetation, cheetahs like open areas to run.

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