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23rd July 2006 ~ Text from
- All back safe from the Delta. From the mokorrows saw
15 hippos thirty metres away. Amazing!
17.00 (GMT) - Phone call from
(with Andy Whomsley chipping in occasionally
from the background)
They have just had two amazing days.
Yesterday they were taken to deeper water in the mokorrows
where they saw a herd of hippo chilling out. However,
it became apparent by the nashing of teeth and the agitated
opening of their mouths they weren't too happy about
the presence of our young explorers... who quickly reversed
into the reeds and away!! They also spied 4 crocodile.
The guides have been absolutely brilliant.
They set up camp ready for everyone, lit a camp fire
and erected the tents in the shade. Our expeditioners
have been on a couple of early morning game walks starting
at 7 am. The guides proved particularly knowledgeable
about the local environment, taking time to tell everyone
about the trees they were passing and how different
plants are used i.e. which roots can be used for medicine,
which twigs make the best toothpick etc. Apparently
they also walked through a field of sage, the scent
of which was indescribable.
The wildlife has been slightly different
to that seen in Etosha, in that they have seen smaller
mammals and a lot of wild birds i.e. fish eagles, egret
and marabou stork. It was described as a new experience
Last night they enjoyed spaghetti bolognese
cooked over an open fire. Later they were treated to
a cacophony of sounds courtesy of frogs, crickets and
hippos basking nearby. Some found this to be quite unnerving
and were the object of some teasing by those who were
less frightened. I understand the guides took their
revenge by creeping up to the tent of the two boys (the
aforementioned teasers) and furiously shook a bush against
the tent. Pay back time!!
Tomorrow they are up early hoping to
be on their way by 5.45 am for the long drive to Chobe
River. From here on it is unlikely they will need to
spend so much time in the landrovers travelling.
17.37 (GMT) - Phone call from
Andy Whomsley (chuckling)
Forgot to mention that on lifting his
mattress this morning Julian found to his horror he
had been sleeping on a mouse... a big fat mouse... sadly,
now a squashed, deceased mouse!!
24th July 2006 ~ Text from
16.21 (GMT) - Arrived
safely at Chobe after six hour drive. Survived most
kamikaze animals although a hornbill hit the front of
one of the landrovers. So far four birds killed en route.
25th July 2006 ~ Phone call
from Julian Teece:-
08.45 (GMT) - The
camp site is lovely with good facilities, especially
the shower block which is quite luxurious compared to
some. They are camped on the river edge overlooking
the river, from where you can hear hippos grunting in
One "novelty" is the need
to walk round in groups. Apparently there are a number
of very lairy monkeys who think nothing of
diving out of the trees and taking anything left lying
They have already been on an early
morning game drive organised by the camp site. Relieving
staff of the need to drive, it provided the welcomed
opportunity to sit and enjoy the views without having
to keep an eye on the road ahead. They saw, amongst
other things, lion, crocodile and vultures.
They leave at 3 pm for a sundowner
river cruise which everyone is looking forward to, along
with the proposed lie in tomorrow morning. For once
they don't need an early start!
26th July 2006 ~ Text from
08.05 (GMT) - Outstanding
end to safari. Morning game drive very good. Evening
boat cruise amazing... a herd of 65 elephant, a pod
of 25 sleeping hippo, fish eagles! Excellent buffet
Phone Call home to Kevin and
Laura phoned home at 7.20am this morning
(26th) to wish her mum Gill a Happy Birthday (mum's
tears were flowing), she said that they had to eat breakfast
whilst holding a stick in one hand to stop the Monkeys
stealing their food.
Laura also said the trip was amazing and the sights
were unbelievable, everyone was in good spirits.
Text message from Julian Teece
17.57 (GMT) - Arrived
safely in Livingstone at 3 pm, despite taking 90 minutes
scrummaging for diesel at Chobe. Set up camp and all
excited about visiting our school tomorrow.
Email home from Louise Brennan
Thank you for your kind emails, all really nice... and
for those who haven't sent them I hope you feel rele
guilty. I'm having an amazing time. Time on the internet
is seriously limited tho. The computer just crashed
coz someone pulled out the plug! It's quite humbling
the standards of even the capital. We're in Zambia atm,
on a farm which is really taste.
Pass greetings on to everyone, literally wrote the addresses
i cud think of off top of my head.
love to all