Part I. Viczoria Falls, Zimbabwe via Kasane to the Quay River Lodge, Botswana

Round the World Flight with HB-PON 2008/09
Rolf Martin FRIEDEN & Manfred Melloh
Thu 18 May 2006 20:45

19:09.1S 023:47.0E

Botswana and the Okavango Delta was next on our Schedule.

Okavango- Face to face with nature

 On the Okavango River in a "Dug-Out"

This remote region of southern Africa, almost untouched by the 20th century, contains a natural wonder created
by a combination of climate and geography. This is the Delta of  the Okavango, an idiosyncratic river that crosses
northern Botswana for 1000 kilometers from its source in Angola, never to reach an Ocean. Instead, it settles into a
massive, lush Wetland Delta, before soaking away into the arid Kalahari desert’s insatiable sands.
The perverse Okavango floods in mid-dry season makes inexplicable twists in its course, but also creates natural 
wealth : a succession of contrasting, each supporting an astonishing multiplicity of wildlife, from small delicate creatures
to the biggest game of all.



In the usual dark blue clear sky with no clouds from horizon to horizon, we departed together with Nicolas and Richard from
Vic Fall International, waving good by to our new friends from Zimbabwe.
Another circling turn right over the Falls and then via Kasane, our entry point into Botswana and on to Khway River Lodge right
on the edge of the Swamps.

Due to some game on the dirt runway, we had to buzz the field first, to chase the animals off the runway, and then both planes
anded next to the lodge.

Here we were literally surrounded by nature and profusion !

Far away from the hectic of everyday life, in the middle of unspoiled nature, in this small  luxury lodge, we sat back on the terrasse,
watching game a few  hundred feed away.

There were Elephants, Hippos, Antelopes, Kudus, even Crocodiles and Lions.