We started off the trip in Maun. Our clients Colin and Ruth and their son Patrick and his girlfriend Fanny (Switzerland) as well as Gerhard and Astrid from Holland. The vehicles were a Ford LDV and a Toyota Ldv with Gerhard driving a Landcruiser Petrol.
We did our shopping in Maun and left for Kazikini where we spent our first night just on the other side of the buffalo fence. The next morning we entered the park through South Gate and veered off to explore Blackpool area. After a stop for breakfast and assisting another vehicle that was struggling to fix a flat tyre we continued . It proved to be the right decision as we saw lots of game incl giraffe , red hartebeest and a lioness. We then headed for third bridge to set up camp. This is a really well run camp site with clean ablutions and a brand new shop selling cool drinks and alcohol mainly. The baboons lived up to their reputation stealing a packet of carrots.
The next day we headed off to Xakanaxa via Dead tree island. This was the first time we managed to get all the way there without being blocked by deep water. Beautiful spot. A really nice drive. We arrived at camp and unfortunately the ablutions were filthy and the rubbish was scattered everywhere after the baboons had raided the bins. We explored this area the next day and did some water crossings around the airstrip. The sunset boat ride on the okavango was stunning as usual.
From here we drove to Savuti exiting through Khwai or North Gate. The wind was devastating the night before and for a long distance we saw big trees that had had there branches ripped off. The drive along the old road next to the river was full of bull elephants as usual with a few giving us more attention than we wanted. After entering Chobe we drove along the marsh road for a bit and then cut across to the ridge road. As usual Savuti was beautiful but very dry. We only stayed one night and then went on to Linyanti one of our favorite spots on the river overlooking Namibia. Spotted roan on the way up and one of our guests had a close encounter with 3 irate elephant. They had fallen a little behind the convoy and were cut off. No harm done but heart rate definitely up.
From here we went through to Ihaha, a long drive but beautiful. The river level was right down and there were lots of zebra on the plains. This was our last night together and the insects came out in their thousands. It was eat in the dark. The next day we headed into Kasane driving along the river and saw lots of lion, elephant,buffalo etc. We said good bye in Kasane and they headed on to a camp on the outskirts.