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23. 4. NP Moremi

 

We got up early morning, at 6 AM - with sunrise and went on a trip around the Moremi park. There are sandy roads in park and somewhere is sand very deep. In a sort time after begining our journey we got stuck in sand. We tried to go out, used a sand belt but without success. Fortunately, three other cars went pas us and there were professional guides in one of them. They had good equipment for this case in their car and much more experience. They helped us to get out of the sand and gave some important advice to us for our future travel. Then we  continued on our journay.

We didn´t see a lot of animals, only one giraffe and several antelopes impala. But a grand male elephant appeared next to the road. We watched him for some time and took pictures. The elephant went along the road then, we went with him and we finally overtook him, we crossed a bridge and left him only other site of the water. We took pictures of him again, we felt safe, Milan even left the car with his videocamera. The elephant suddenly went across the water and walked towards us. We quickly went away and returned to camp. There we saw a group of elephants going through the campsite and breaking branches from the trees surrounding. Some tourists had to  leave their tents. We took pictures of these elephants. It was quite a different experience without protection in a car. The elephants walked away to the bush after some time. An elephant´s footprints were also in our place for camping but our car with tents were in other place in the time.

After our return from our morning trip we had a good lunch which was prepared by our excellent cooks. It was very warm and that is why we rested in our campsite and we relaxed by watching different kinds of birds, some lizards and squirrels.

At 3 PM we went to the office at “Third bridge”, which was near our campsite. We found here to our great astonishment that the young officer, who we talked to yesterday, forgot about he booking of our boat trip. Fortunately she used a transmitter and she caught the boat driver near the campsite. After 20 minutes our boat trip started.

Okavango river has a varying level of water. It depends on the amount of rain in the rainy season in the mountains in Angola. We were in the season when the water level increased.

We rode in a small motorboat through narrow channels with a width of up to 2 meters. These channels were very tortuous and they went through plenty of dense reed of papyrus water bush. Sometimes we rode in the lagoons with beautiful white or pink waterlilies. We had to stop very often because the water plants clogged the propeller of our boat.

We could observe several kinds of water birds - for example herons, kingfishers, cormorants or anhingas. We saw frogs, fishes and a baby crocodile too. In one of many turnings in reed water bush we were shocked. A big hippo appeared opposite our boat. Fortunately our driver knew a solution for this situation. He began to drive our boat directly at the hippo with loud sound of the motor. The hippo began to run. During the next ten minutes we saw the movement of a big wave and the head of the hippo before us. Our chase was finished in one lagoon where we could safely overtake the hippo.

We were very lucky that we were OK because the hippo belongs amongst the most dangerous