Thursday, September 15, 2011

07 August: Makgadikgadi Pans to Gweta

OMG Did we freeze last night! The Trucker even had to get up in the middle of the night to re-peg the tent cause the wind had really come up and the cover was flapping around like crazy. Brrr!

Much later, we had a lazy morning today knowing we didn't have far to go to our next overnight-stop. The rest of the campsite seemed to have completely cleared out before we left!

We faffed around making a delish scrambled egg breakfast (with feta & chives, bacon and toast) and then after packing up camp, took a bit of a walk before saying goodbye to Kubu Island (A). We also took a drive around the "island" before heading on our way.

This was by far one of the most awesome days of our trip. The Makgadikgadi is like nothing I've ever seen before and we got to see it in all it's moon-surface-like glory today! Words cannot describe it :)

We got to Planet Baobab (B) in the afternoon and had a refreshing swim in their pool. While I lazed next to the pool with my book, The Trucker took the Pajero off to try get it cleaned. That Makgadikgadi dust is something else! It got everywhere and it was impossible to clean!

We had a lazy afternoon, reading and napping. The Planet Baobab cottages are truly adorable! Before sunset, we went for a drink and to place our dinner orders (these have to be done around 5pm). We sat just enjoying our surroundings ... until I noticed that their stove chimney had set their thatch alight. And then there was quite the mad scramble with everyone (well, all the boys) trying to put it out. Throwing buckets of water and sand up into the air.

Turns out that although the cottages all have fire extinguishers, the dining area, kitchen and bar don't seem to?? Anyway, nothing got too burnt although we could see that there was quite a gap of thatch the next morning! And everyone continued their evenings.

I think I just had a toasted sandwich for dinner. You don't get so hungry snacking on rubbish while driving ;) The place is beautifully lit at night, highlighting all the massive surrounding baobabs. I would recommend a night or two at Planet Baobab if you're nearby :)

1 comment:

Tamara said...

Sounds divine (except the roof on fire. Damn I'm going to have a certain song in my head now.

You've made me curious to see more of Bots.

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