From Etosha we headed east to Tsumeb and Grootfontein. After a brief stop at the Hobas Meteorite, the largest to ever hit the earth, we continued to Roy’s Rest Camp. After an overnight stop we headed north to Divundu. River Dance Lodge was our overnight stop, one of the nicest campsites I have ever been to! It sits right on the Kavango River on the north side of the highway that runs through the Caprivi Strip, meaning that you are looking across the river at Angola. Lovely big couches on the balcony give a wonderfully comfortable place to utilise the free wireless internet – something we had all been missing for a while.
From Divundu we went south into Botswana, driving through Bwabwata National Park. Unfortunately all the animals were sheltering from the heat of the day so we didn’t get to see anything as we passed by. We crossed over the border and on to Shakawe in Botswana’s remote northwest.
The main attraction in this corner of the world is the ancient rock art of Tsodilo Hills. Ranging between 3000 and 10,000 years old, the cave paintings are fantastically well-preserved. At Twyfelfontein, we had been surprised to see engravings of seals and penguins which indicated those people had travelled all the way to the coast. But now in Tsodilo Hills, even further from the sea, we saw the same motifs! Like Twyfelfontein, these paintings were used for communication about what had been seen and hunted in the area … except for the penguins, which must have been a tale from a weary traveller.
There was a huge cave where the San Bushmen must have sought shelter during the rains. Evidence of fire smoke on the roof and other clues indicate this. Our guide showed us a popular game the women used to play while the men were out hunting. It required far too much hand-eye coordination for me, but Dennis, Henning and Francis all gave it a go with mixed success.
From Shakawe we continued south to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Dennis, Merete, Henning and Pia have abandoned Francis and I to enjoy three days in the beautiful Delta. I am sure they are seeing such wonderful sights – the Delta teems with wildlife and there are so many ways to enjoy the sights from scenic flights, to dugout canoes, to walking safaris.
When they return we will say farewell to Dennis and Merete as they head back to Cape Town, and we will travel with Henning and Pia to Livingstone via Chobe National Park. If you want to hear about that installment click the Follow button below and you will be able to keep track of all our adventures.