Goatswana and other animals

Yes, you’re right, I wanted to visit Namibia. But at first I’ll be in Botswana visiting the Okavango Delta, because the rainy season will start soon. When the rain is coming everything turns lush and green, which is nice, but it also means that all the animals will find enough water and are not gathered around the few watering holes remaining.

Luckily not our means of transportation

At the hostel in Windhoek I was asking for public transportation to Maun, a city at the southern end of the Okavango Delta, when I met Daniel from Switzerland. He was planning on doing the same and got it all figured out, so I asked if I can join him. An hour later the receptionist came up to us and told us about Francois (France), who has a car and is also heading to Maun. Perfect! That gives us one more hour of sleep and saves us the hitchhiking part, because there is no direct connection between Windhoek and Maun.

On the road with Francois and Daniel

We left Windhoek in the morning, because it’s 800 km and one border to cross. Additionally, we needed to stop for gas a few times, as the mileage was not very high. Once we crossed the boarder to Botswana, the sky was covered in dark clouds and it looked like it would rain heavily. But it didn’t. Instead, there were a few drops of rain, which evaporated on our windshield, before we had to turn on the wipers.

Rain clouds over Botswana

Another thing that was new in Botswana was the fact, that the animals seemed to like the road a lot more than in Namibia. There were a lot of goats, cows and donkeys right next to the road, on the road or crossing the road right in front of us. Additionally, there were also a lot of warthogs (wild pigs) and a few ostriches, that I was able to cross off my list of exotic animals.

Wild life crossing

We arrived in Maun in the late afternoon, where we set up our camp at the “Old Bridge Backpackers”, a really great place, right by one of the rivers of the Okavango Delta. Our plan for the next few days is to take a two-day mokoro (traditional boat) tour into the delta.

Locals in Maun
Crocodile across from our Backpackers in Maun
The Old Bridge Backpackers

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