Our plan to wake up early and spot a big cat proves successful—five minutes into our 6:00am game drive sans coffee (“STOOOOVEEETOOOPPPS,” we yell, shaking our fists at the sky), we spot a lioness lounging in the tall grass inside the Xakanaxa campsite. She’s beautiful and BIG, and not too interested in sticking around. We attempt to take some pictures, which don’t really turn out, but alas—we saw her. Waking up early worked! And she was in our camp.
We start our second day in the Moremi Game Reserve cooking the seven eggs that (in no small feat) survived the great egg explosion of the day before. Little fighters. Our camp is different than we remember from the night before—so much easier to navigate by day. The ablution facilities have showers. Vervet monkeys hang around everywhere. I even spot one in the rafters above me as I’m using the toilet. We’ve all slept well, despite the noises and the vivid dreams caused by our malaria medicine. Micah swears the serval we spotted on our drive the night before snuck into his tent while he was sleeping and bit his foot. Continue reading
We wake early on Friday morning for a flight from Cape Town to Maun, Botswana. Our plan is 10 days on the road through Botswana and Zambia, where we’ll explore the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, and finally, Victoria Falls. Here’s what we’re set up with: A Toyota Hilux 4×4 with two roof-top tents and a mini refrigerator, camping equipment, including water, cooking gas and fuel that should last 10 days, a tentative itinerary of where we’ll go and where we’ll camp, and three plane tickets out of Livingstone, Zambia 10 days later.