Our African Adventure: Day 16: Our Last Day in Moremi Game Reserve

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Our Last Day in Moremi Game Reserve



The time came when we had to pack up and say our goodbyes to our campsite at Third Birdge in Moremi Game Reserve. We would’ve been happy to spend another week or more here. There is a reason why you need to book your campsites here at least a year in advance!



We leisurely enjoyed our coffees while listening to the birds chirping and watching elephant herds walking by. I will forever be moved by this experience. There is nothing else quite like seeing animals in their natural habitat. It makes me believe even more strongly in opposing zoo’s for human entertainment.

Elephants roaming near the campsites at Third Bridge
Notice that pyramid shape thing behind the elephants? That’s a termite mound. Some of them were bigger than elephants!
National Geographic, right?!


Safari Secret: Game Drive Vehicles

We eventually stripped ourselves away from our campsite and crossed back through the water to the other side of Third Bridge. We started noticing groups of safari game drive vehicles gathered around the same spot. This is always a good sign!



After two weeks of intensive leopard tracking and hiring a guide to eventually help us find one, we couldn’t believe our luck that we would see one on our own as we left camp! Up in the trees, happily snoozing away was a young leopard.

Sleeping beauty!
Safari vehicle with a sleeping leopard above in the tree.

A few paces up the road were two sleeping lions. Incredible to see more lions on our last day in the park!

One of the two male lions sleeping through the heat of the day

The Maze that is the Okavango Delta

Not wanting to be stuck in Moremi Game Reserve after dark, we left the cats and made our way towards the exit gates. The grassy swamps of the Okavango Delta are constantly in flux. They flood seasonally and this means that the “roads” (basically sand tracks), are difficult to manoeuvre. GPS is mostly useless as accessible roads shift daily. This can be time consuming and frustrating when self-driving, because you have to navigate through water and hope to not encounter crocodiles.

Botswana has the highest density of elephants and this of course means that there are waterway roadblocks, but also elephant roadblocks!



The End of Our Time in the Bush

We arrived in Maun, the fifth largest town in Botswana, surprised to see a bustling area with malls, shops and many restaurants. Devon wanted to go to Nando’s (Portuguese style chicken restaurant that originated in South Africa) for dinner.

We didn’t have a place booked for the night so we checked out two different hotels before booking one on the spot. It was not the greatest, with a steady stream of ants parading through the bathroom but we made it work.