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Maun & Beyond

The town is rightly known as the gateway into the Okavango Delta. It is the last point of ‘civilisation’, and the place to provision and replenish. You can get most things here, and most jobs done, including in our case, getting a stainless steel tent bracket made. There are good supermarkets, fuel stations, banks and numerous small artisans to sort you out. Fuel was critical for us as our route was to take us hundreds of kilometers across rough terrain before any chance of getting more.

The tar road only continues for a short distance beyond the town, before getting downgraded to a dirt road. The first task is to lower tyre pressures to reduce the risk of punctures and to try and make the journey less unpleasant. For the major problem is that dirt roads get corrugated, from minor irritation to major challenge. You are constantly trying to pick out the least ridged sections, and to find the least uncomfortable speed to travel at. Theoretically, you might be able to just speed and have the car float on the tops, but with the bigger corrugations, you are reduced to a mind-numbing crawl whilst big trucks pass you with great clouds of sand trailing behind them.

After several hours, you arrive at South Gate, the entrance to the Moremi reserve. It is rare in that the local community controls the land. It was actually a late chief’s wife who established it. Rather than nomadic or subsistence farming, she set about building a revenue stream from visitors eager to see the amazing wildlife.

Driving on, we headed for Third Bridge camp. The point about a delta is that there is a lot of water, and consequently need to cross rivers! Part of the 2nd bridge was simply missing, or rather it had collapsed into the water. On closer inspection, we reckon we could still get through, rather than take the signed diversion. That we got through without a problem was just as well since a later drive established that we would not have got through the diversion with the trailer!

The camp was a bit of a surprise. Having been there a few years back, the neglect during the pandemic was evident. Having signed the obligatory liability waiver, we were then told of a rogue elephant that had been attacking cars at the site! And then there was a huge troop of baboons rampaging through. You could not leave so much as a teaspoon out. I won’t bore you with the story as to why we ended up in permanent tented accommodation, but it was very welcome and more restful!

One comment on “Maun & Beyond

  1. K Rickers
    February 25, 2023

    Loving the update & the photos are amazing!! Maybe one day we will get there!


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