Bush camping

 

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Just a few hundreds kilometers to drive today, but it gets really hot during the day, 38c with 20% humidity, which goes to 8c with 80% humidity at night.
Our next stop is Elephant sands, a campground north of Nata, with a man made waterhole between chalets to attract elephants. It actually works, and you can enjoy a cold beer while watching elephants having a drink as well…. sounds good, but this place really feels artificial, and bit too crowded for us.
Night time was a different experience.
Eiji and I went to the bar to get some beers in the dark, and we heard a very deep rumble just behind us….. we turned around very slowly…. don’t move…. his vision is based on movement…. We could not see anything in the dark, but a massive elephant was just next to us !

Grocery stop, refuel, and we are back on the road…..which is closed due to the flooding. In fact, the whole northern part of Botswana was below water one month ago, and you had to load your car on a flatbed truck to get to the other side !
We ended up driving on a long gravel road parallel to the highway….. pretty poor engineering when you think about it :p

We then stopped at the Nxai salt pan, which is a national park. Shocking.
Admission fees is per person + a fee per vehicle. There is only 5 sites to camp in the area, and they charge 50usd per person, and the price was stated in usd, never a good sign. That made it so expensive with 3 persons and 2 vehicles that we just drove out and went into the bush for the night. So glad we went to Khubu island, which exactly the same thing, free of charge.

As usual, since the nights are cold and wildlife is dangerous, we set up a fire. The only trees available have massive spikes on them, sometimes 10cm long and really hard, and it’s a painful job to chop all the wood, but at last, we made it.
We have a few hours before moonrise to enjoy the great milky way on top of us. I don’t even remember the last time I saw it touching both sides of the horizon :O Magical !

But then a local shepherd came by, and sat around the fire for a chat. It could have been nice, but the guy was rude, and just looking for alcohol (big problem here in Botswana). That guy was already drunk as fuck, and it took way too much time to politely get rid of him…
Erf…. at least the rest of the night was quiet.

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