Thursday, October 29, 2009

Botswana Camping Safari: Selinda Camp

The airplane was a small turbo prop and the pilot cruised a few thousand feet off the ground. It was a bit disturbing to see elephants looking so tiny, yet so very close at the same time. Definitely a different experience than the 30,000 feet that is the norm on a jet. 

Selinda, like the rest of the waterways in the areas, is enjoying plentiful water for the first time in many years. People rarely swim in African streams due to hippos and crocodiles yet we spent a lot of time paddling in the newly flowing rivers. The dangerous beasts hadn't ventured this far down the waterway. yet.

Of course, the mud and the muck made driving a bit difficult. I can’t tell you how many times we had to dig the vehicle out of the swamp. 

Well, that isn’t quite fair. Our guide Russell was the main digger. We became very proficient at watching him dig the truck out of pits.

I typically used the opportunity to do a bit of birdwatching. This wee bird was my favorite in all of Africa: Little Bee Eater (Merops pusillus)

I am also fond of the African Hoopoe (Upupa africana), probably because I did a case study of the bird in one of Dr. Craig's biology courses in college. He has a rather jaunty look about him, eh?

And of course, the never-ending dragonfly photos. Africa is not for bug-adverse folks. 

We saw an ostrich in Linyanti but it was fleeting. Later, on our way through South Africa, we would happen upon an ostrich running along the road. I later decided it was a farmed ostrich though and that didn't really count. This nest and egg ensemble was displayed on the table at Selinda. It would have made a massive omelet.

And that, my friends, is the end of the pictures from Selinda Camp. Chris got massively sick during our stay at Selinda and I was feeling under the weather as well so we mostly used the time to sleep and recover. And, in Chris' case, puke his guts out. But we were back in working order by the time we made it to the fabulous Okavango so that was good.