Words and pictures by Andrew Middleton
My first article about an overland trip was supposed to be about the bush, the animals and the family around a campfire. Although all of this was amazing and memorable, I learnt a couple of lessons on my recent trip to the Okavango Delta in Botswana that could help future overlanders.
It was very early that Saturday morning when we took to the roads on our way to Botswana. For me, this was a dream come true − for years my folks would return from their bush trips and share their adventures with us, and I’d always said, “One day…” Well, on that early Saturday morning, my day came.
Dijara is a small campsite just outside Mababe village, about 150km north-east of Maun. It is, basically, right on the doorstep of the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, and consists of 13 campsites on the banks of the Khwai River. There are no fences around the reserve or the park, and our five-night stay at the campsite was made very interesting by nightly visits from hyenas and hippos, and a regular presence of elephant during the day.