Safari 2018 #28 One last sundown on the river

by david on August 16, 2019

A quiet spot on the riverbank A quiet spot on the riverbank

 

Ever notice how your mind starts to wander when you are left on your own with absolutely nothing to do?  Imagine how it wanders when you are in the middle of nowhere amongst carnivorous, dangerous critters? The whole time they were gone I was wondering what I would do if a crocodile slithered out of the river or a lion ambled up and decided they wanted my lechwe more than I did.  I had my rifle with me and could very well defend myself if needed. I was completely unsure, however, if protecting a dead lechwe was grounds for shooting another big game animal. Amazing and somewhat discerning the way my mind works sometimes. The thoughts were all for naught though as, before I knew it, I heard the Landcruiser diesel rumbling through the brush long before I saw it.  Lechwe loaded, and dead lechwe conundrum averted. We made it to the conservancy office completely ‘un-harassed’ by any wild critters. Once we arrived, the morning was topped off by the oohs and aahs over my lechwe by some of Byron’s fellow PH’s and camp staff. It was unnecessary, but made me feel good nonetheless.

Byron and I made it back to Lianshulu before Janice, John, and Barbara. I did not know it at the time but Johann had arranges a private tour for them at a local village. This village was unique in that it was modern and old fashioned at the same time. The modern on one side was where the locals really lived. The how and why of their daily lives were more or less on display. Right beside it was a historically accurate village of approximately 100 years ago. Everyone seemed pleased with the experience. It was most educational to see how much some things had changed and how little others had.

After lunch we went out for a boat tour on the Kwando River. The boat had a roof to keep us out of the sun, but it was an aluminum roof and proved to be more of an oven rather than a shade.  As long as we were moving, the heat was tolerable. As the sun dropped a little lower on the horizon, the animals started to move and we forgot about the heat. It was nice to be on a lazy boat ride watching the game as we cruised up and down the river.  There was not the quantity of game as we saw on the Chobe but there was game. We probably saw less due to the high bank on the Botswana side and the preponderance of reeds on the Namibian side. Nonetheless, we saw: elephant, lechwe, waterbuck, impala, and a bazillion birds.  Just before the sun kissed the far horizon, our guide and driver pulled over and set up a table and pulled out a cooler box full of fixings for sundowners and snacks. He picked a shady spot on the riverbank to allow for the full effect of the slight breeze swirling around. The break was nice, the sundowners better, and the sunset the best of all.

 

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