Day 5619 January 2020 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C
Day 85 – 17 February 2020 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

Off this morning at 8am enroute for the Okavango Delta. I awoke at 5:30am to the intense sounds of an African dawn chorus. Dawn around the equator is almost instant; it’s dark, then it’s bright. A huge troupe of baboons walking noisily past our tents start the crescendo section of the show. I have the outer layer of my tent back and it was strange lying in bed and seeing all the wildlife looping past.

When we are having breakfast, four warthogs, two adults and two young ones, come up very close to us. They are foraging for nuts or fruit fallen from a tree. They are so cute but I remember that they’re wild animals and that their tusks are not fashionable accoutrements but used to disembowel lions. So I keep my distance yet I’m closer than I’ve ever been to a warthog.

The road journey is mainly through game reserves with lots of elephants visible very near the road. The trip is a typical overlander with moments of excitement, animated conversation, boredom, photo opportunities, silence and, always, snoozing, lots of snoozing.

We’re camping overnight at a place called Elephant Sands Camp. It’s built around a waterhole where wild elephants come to drink. It’s on the edge of the Kalahari desert so sandy. It’s OK.

I am on cook duty tonight with three others. Its really great fun and we cobbe together a tasty chilli with fruit salad. The mangos are heavenly. We eat dinner in the open watching a beautiful sunset.

Off tomorrow to Okavango Delta.

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