“What’s that flower you have on?” In the Okavango Delta, it’s the water lily of course. We arrived at the Kasane Airport with anticipation. We were taking a small (read: tiny) plane to the Okavango Delta, about one hour and 15 minutes flight time. There were five of us on the plane plus the pilot. Pamela, one of the passengers, had to sit in the co-pilot’s seat. I was nervous, but excited too.
The flight was uneventful and relatively smooth for such a small plane. Upon arrival we were graciously met by staff of the Camp who would take us the rest of the way by boat through the marshes and bayous of the Okavango Delta. I found it absolutely thrilling.
As we pulled up to the lodge in the boat we were greeted with great fanfare. Lots of singing, clapping, stomping, and trilling of voices. The rest of our time was spent exploring our little niche of the expansive inland delta. The first activity was a mokoro ride. A mokoro is a narrow, canoe-like boat designed to move through the narrow and shallow channels of the Delta. I don’t think I’ve ever heard such silence.
Alas, our African Odyssey must come to an end. My travel buddy, Amanda Easton, was amazing in spite of bugs that flew and are not fried or grilled. While the natural beauty of the flora and fauna will linger in my mind, it is the genuine warmth and friendliness of the African people that we encountered that will be most memorable. My thanks the team at Anastasia’s Africa for their diligence and thoughtfulness for planning such a wonder excursion. Until next time because you know…”My life is a trip.”