Botswana – Day 3 The Okavango Delta (Part 3)

In the last post, we were about to stop for a ‘coffee break’ on an island in the Okavango Delta.  This post picks the story up during the coffee break, which as always in Africa was taken in a very civilised manner.

Okavango Coffee Break

Part of our island.

Picnic Island

A nice spot in the shade.

Picnic in the shade

Although we were on an island, we still needed to remember that the delta is full of wild animals, and that we had no vehicle to retreat to in the event that a dangerous animal turned up.  This fact was easy to forget as it was so peaceful and some of us did wander maybe 30-40 metres from the coffee table and consequently were chastised by the guides.  The photo with the termite mound was such an occasion.

Termites and us

After coffee it was back on the water for the mokoro journey back to the camp.

Mokoro

Mokoro

This elephant gave us a good view of his backside as he climbed up onto a reed covered island.  He soon disappeared completely from sight.  This gives weight to the notion that there is a lot more wildlife there than meets the eye.

Elephant in Okavango Delta

Mokoros return to Pom Pom Camp

Back at the camp, we were of course late for lunch, due to our late start.  This sign, pinned to the notice board in the dining area, amused everyone.

Love Africa!

After another excellent lunch, though I can’t remember what it was now, we had time ‘at leisure’ as they say.  We couldn’t go back to Kasane yet anyway, as our pilot had ‘gone fishing’, so we sat and admired the view and the ‘local’ wildlife.

Pom Pom Camp

A Pied KIngfisher also admiring the view, or more probably watching for his lunch.

Pied Kingfisher

A Pygmy Goose drifting past.

Pygmy Goose

An African Jacana wandering through the lily pads.

African Jacana

A Burchell’s Glossy Starling hopping around the camp.  The iridescent blue of this bird is beautiful.

Burchell's Glossy Starling

And another unknown Dragonfly.

Dragonfly - Pom Pom Camp

Here comes our pilot, back from his fishing trip, so we should be off to Kasane soon,

Our Pilot coming back from fishing

but only after he has presented his catch to the staff of the camp for supper tonight.

Offerings to the Camp Staff

One aircraft ahead of us, kicking up a good old cloud of dust, and then it is our turn to take off.

Leaving Pom Pom

Part 4 of this day’s story will be in the next post.  Please come back for a look.

The beginning of the story can be found here.

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5 thoughts on “Botswana – Day 3 The Okavango Delta (Part 3)

  1. I may have said this before (?) but I was here in 2004 (though not Zambia), and this brings back fond memories. That’s when I had Canon’s first generation P&S zoom…which takes about 5 seconds or more to fully zoom, not to mention long shutter lag. I still remember missing every single shot of an ostrich, that wasn’t even running. It was quite funny. Ah, walking down memory lane….

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  2. As you say, ah, the memories of P&S. We still managed to bring home some memories with them though. This was the first trip I did with a DSLR, and though I often cursed that I had the wrong lens on the camera, on the whole I missed far less shots. I did carry my old camera in reserve though and sometimes had to whip that out for a shot rather than change lens. Thanks for looking.

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  3. Good pictures, Dave – and I know what you mean about Africa and its closed because its not open – I miss that place – rough, yes, dangerous, yes, but often displaying an open and genuine humanity sometimes lacking here. In Kakamega, I remember a hotel advertising the fact that guests were free to bring their own drinks and that there would be no corkage … only the”r” was a “c” …. I really do miss all that! I’m enjoying your photos. Adrian

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