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Friday, March 12, 1999
Popa Falls, Caprivi Game Park, Namibia to Matlapaneng (Maun), Botswana
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Matlapaneng (Maun), Botswana:
Latitude: 19° 55' 35" South
Longitude: 23° 30' 37" East
Altitude: 3107 feet
From Seattle: 11059 miles
Lodging: Camp - Island Safari Lodge

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Today's Travel:
Countries: Namibia, Botswana
Regions: Caprivi, Ngamiland
Route: Roads: A35, A3
Start: Popa Falls, Caprivi Game Park, Namibia
Stop 1. Etsha 13
End:Matlapaneng (Maun), Botswana
Linear:261 miles
Weather: Partial Sun / Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 701
Linear Dist: 139120
Countries Visited: 51
Regions Visited: 197
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Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 90
Hostels: 190
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2676
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Journal Entry:
A little too much excitement this morning - while taking a shower I glanced down and noticed little worms crawling around in the water. They were about two inches long and so thin that they were nearly invisible. They also moved very fast. I checked my feet carefully and all looks well, but still scary - I've seen some weird worms under travelers skin before...

The drive to the Botswana border is through the Mahango Game Park and we spent a couple hours exploring the bush trails. Mahango is the only park in Namibia where you are allowed to get out of the car. So when we saw some elephants ahead Craig and I jumped up on the roof. The elephants were much darker and not quite as large as the ones in Etosha, but they were still plenty big and when one of them trumpeted and charged us - it was scary - even on top of the Land Rover. It was only a mock charge, but it still brought the elephant within about 20 yards - and those tusks looked sharp. Dean backed away and we got back in the car.

When we were away from the elephants we climbed back on top of the car and spent about an hour up there before the sun got to be too much. We saw our first Sable as well - they're magnificent, incredibly beautiful. We also saw ostrich and warthogs.

The crossing into Botswana was uneventful and easy. In Botswana we were planning on staying at Makwena Camp on the west side of the Okavango Delta park, but we couldn't find it. We spent about two hours driving along criss-crossing tracks out in the Savannah and swamps. we found another car also looking for it, but no luck. We finally headed back to the nearest service station and called - only to find out the camp is closed. At least the scenery was beautiful!

Ended up driving all the way to Maun. Got there around 10:30, and all the restaurants and stores were already closed. No dinner tonight. At the campground the bar was still open so we had a few beers and a couple packs of chips - healthy.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Botswana
CIA World Fact Book: Botswana

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