Botswana in 9 days – No 3a; Morning Game Walk

It was Monday and we were awakened while it was still dark. A quick breakfast as it brightened a bit. Into the Mokoros…

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…and then it started raining! We only returned for a short time though and decided it had stopped. It had!Botswana3a_02

A beautiful, slightly cold morning. Our poolers took us from our small island to a bigger one not too far away.Botswana3a_03

It was walking time and we were asked to be guiet. Animals will hear us anyhow but they don’t mind the sound of us walking. It is the sound of human voices that will keep them away. It was soon shown that the noble art of walking without talking is easier for some than for others…Botswana3a_04

We were still lucky. A big herd of Blue Wildebeest!

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And not far away Zebras!Botswana3a_06

Looking up, I think these are Egrets…

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…and this is the African Fish Eagle.Botswana3a_08

They are pretty aren’t they!Botswana3a_09

Zebra and Wildebeest often walk together. They prefer the same type of grass, but eat different parts of the plant, which means they coexist well. Zebras also have superior vision and hearing, which Wildebeests benefit from. Young Wildebeests often watch Zebras for signs of alarm.Botswana3a_10

And you can never get enough of stripes can you?Botswana3a_11

It was a very nice, relaxing and quiet (for most of us…) walk. Botswana3a_12

For a long time we had the herd walking only 40 meters parallell to us. Botswana3a_13

Of course we have seen a lot of Wildebeest and Zebra before but then from the car. Talking a walk with them added a lot to the experience.

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After some time we had a short break and then returned…Botswana3a_15

…seeing this Red Lechwe on a distant…Botswana3a_16

…and this Blacksmith Plover. Botswana3a_17

On our way back our favourite pooler Jerry made a new gift for Hanna – a Water Lilly hat!Botswana3a_18

My Water Lilly princesses.Botswana3a_19

It was time for a sturdy lunch and discussions about our morning.Botswana3a_20

Myself…Botswana3a_21

…Peter…Botswana3a_22

…Marie and Kathleen…Botswana3a_23

…and Hanna (Shameem used my camera to take the four pictures above. Thanks!)Botswana3a_24

Even on a small island in the Okavango Delta you will find things to buy…Botswana3a_25

…but also other activities like trying to poole the Mokoro. Not that easy…Botswana3a_26

…so while Marie and Saga disappeared in the Delta some of us took a midday rest in the tents…

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