Back in April Sue’s sister had treated us to the flight and it had been such an amazing and special experience for us that Sue wanted the kids to have the same opportunity.
Cailin hates flying at the best of times, so having kept it a secret, and her finding out about it moments before take off helped. The expression on her face when she did find out was one of horror and seeing the little 6 seater plane made things worse, but we strapped her in quickly so she couldn’t escape. Her knuckles went white as she gripped the side of the chair tightly.
Shortly after take-off we soon discovered that the wind had picked up and we weren’t in for a smooth flight.
The water that fills the delta takes about 6 months to make its way from Angola, which has a summer rainfall (i.e. October – March) so hence the delta was far fuller than our previous flight and with the more water the animals had spread as well, so the game viewing wasn’t as great as we saw on our previous flight. But it was still spectacular with herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and pods of hippo’s.
On the way back into Maun the pilot let Tristan fly the plane. If the turbulence had not been bad enough we were thrown all over the sky and were very pleased when the pilot took control again and we felt solid ground under the wheels again.
It was once again an amazing experience and something you need to do at least once in your life. We would be happy to do it countless times.
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