Day 15 – The Caprivi Strip

26 Sep

Today I drove 400 miles in a straight line on an empty road.

Well, not completely empty. There was a goat.

Overlanding is all about the journey, but there are some days when the only challenge is staying awake.

Just 39 degrees C today.

Ended at Ngepi Camp with an outdoor bathroom in the trees overlooking the Kavango river. Anyone fancy a swim?

PS I can’t see them, but I can hear the hippos.

They sound exactly like Jabba The Hut.

Delicious “meaty balls” with mash and pickled beetroot for dinner.

Tomorrow – crossing the border into Zimbabwe. Fingers crossed for an easy time. I hate borders.

Day 14 – Onguma Tented Camp

25 Sep

If you look closely you’ll see the tables laid out along the decking for dinner. This is instead of them all being in the restaurant space at one end. It means I am at one end and the loudmouthed German idiot is right at the other end. The staff have done this just for me. I can still hear him but the bullfrogs are louder.

Lazy day around the waterhole today. Pool, delicious food, oncredible service.

Relaxing in one place for a change because next up are two very long driving days to get to Victoria Falls, if I can get across the Zimbabwe border without too much hassle. And without my drone being confiscated.

Stop the press – over there somewhere, creeping around in the dark on the other side of the water hole, less than 50 metres away from where I sit eating sringbok, with no fences in between, is a leopard!

A leopard. Metres from my tent.

They weren’t kidding about not being allowed to walk around the camp alone after dark!

Day 14 – Onguma Tented Camp

25 Sep

Here’s my “tent”…

Post from RICOH THETA. #theta360uk – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Post from RICOH THETA. #theta360uk – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

And here’s my pool…

The local wildlife have their own pool in the background. At breakfast time there were impala, warthogs, countless birds with colourful beaks, and oryx.

The hotel information booklet in my room has the usual stuff about laundry and fire alarms, but also a section on what to do in the event of a snakebite.

The camp provides these three essential in room amenities:

  1. Mosquito repellent
  2. Bug spray
  3. An air horn for use in “serious emergencies”


Dinner last night was kudu steak, followed by a glass of Amarula over ice while seated by the fire pit and watching the antelope at the water hole, marred only by the effing loudmouth Swiss tourist who talked nonstop for three hours while his companions occasionally said “yeah, uh huh, really…” One of those arseholes who thinks every silence will be improved by his voice.

STFU and enjoy this incredible environment! 

Thankfully today I can’t hear him and anyway this place is too amazing to care.