Nomad Tour Day 3 by Singatha Hlazo

7 February 2012

Day three on the Nomad Tour from Johannesburg to Vic Falls was a definite highlight of the tour. After waking up early, we slowly became experts at tenting. This meant we only spent 5 minutes dismantling our tents, giving us more time for breakfast and a luke-warm shower.

Nomad Tour | Day 3 | Singatha Hlazo

After breakfast we were briefed on what to expect over the next two days. We were about to head into the Okavango Delta. A place I can only describe as peacefully amazing. Before our departure we had to pack all our belongings, including tents, mattresses, 4 litres of water each, all the food we would need for the two night stay, all the cooking utensils and pile them all into our new truck.

Our adventure would start with a truck ride deep into the Delta in the very interesting vehicle (as seen below). The truck drive took us deep into a forest where we passed very small communities of people who lived in these very secluded villages. Most of the ground was sand in which a vast variety of trees somehow grow. After nearly an hour at the back of the truck, we reached the start of the water heading into the Delta.

Nomad Tour | Day 3

We hopped of the truck and started unpacking all our gear into canoe-like boats called Makoros. Each Makoro had one navigator and seated two our merry travelling band with luggage, water , tents and sleeping mats.

After all the unpacking and packing we were en route in this very unique water system inhabited by hippos. Although these beasties are quite cute and comical looking our guides informed us just how extremely dangerous they are when disturbed in their territory. Our Mokoro journey started at 10am, in the blazing heat. Sunglasses, hats and sun block cream were without a doubt a must. Along the way we passed other visitors returning from their stay in the Delta. They kindly reminded us there were no showers or lavatory facilities in the wilderness.

Nomad Tour | Day 3 | Mokoro Boat

The journey on the very stable and spacious Mokoros took just over an hour. On reaching our camp site we pitched our tents, offloaded our supplies and started with our briefing from the Delta guides, all of which are locals from the small communities we passed on our truck ride.  We were warned of hyenas that move around in the night and steal shoes and food, and other wildlife that could wander into our campsite. Briefing session over and feeling  somewhat scared we proceeded to follow our guides on a two hour walk into the wilderness, witnessing the most beautiful sunset most of us had ever seen.