Many a scary story of lions and hyenas in camp have been told to us over the years we have spent here, making Sue very wary to venture there.
But, hey, we have now done Central Kalahari, Nxai Pan and Khumaga (on numerous occasions) which are all potentially as dangerous – it was time to put on our “big boy pants” (as a friend always tells us) and get there.
Being so highly rated getting a booking for a camp site is difficult and having been disappointed last year in not getting a campsite, I immediately booked then and there for this year. Hence we have waited a year for this trip.
Moremi includes 1/3 of the Okavango Delta and a large dry mainland area making for some diverse landscape, vegetation and animals.
It is the first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents. Concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral lands – due to uncontrolled hunting and cattle encroachment – the Batawana people of Ngamiland, under the leadership of the deceased Chief Moremi III’s wife, Mrs. Moremi, took the bold initiative to proclaim Moremi a game reserve in 1963.
Everybody that we told, that we were going, wanted to join us, to a degree that we stopped talking about it. We had ten serious travelers, which caused a bit of a problem as we were only allowed 8 on a campsite and all the other campsites were fully booked.
One couple unfortunately pulled out, owing to work commitments – so our party became the legal 8.
Our team to Moremi consisted of (left to right) Tristan, Tswinkie and Dinah (crouched), Pamela, Sue, Jean and Gavin. Just me missing – the photographer.
All the planning was done, the car and trailer packed and our group started to group here in Letlhakane. It was to be a trip of very interesting times, nervous moments, stuck vehicles and a lot of fun.
Part two coming soon…….