The road to Maun, in central Botswana, was straight and fast. We passed several control points for foot and mouth disease, where sometimes an inspector would come on the truckk to check our coolers for meat, while at others, the officials were all asleep at their posts, so we drove right through. The grass and trees became more and more green as we neared Maun, which marks the southern-most extent of the Okavango Delta.
A little geography info: the Okavango River originates to the north in Angola and flows south into Botswana. It once flowed into Lake Makgadyakgadi, which is now dry since tectonic faulting cut off the river, which now has nowhere to go. The river literally flows nowhere (not into the ocean!) and actually forms the largest inland delta in the world. The delta is a maze of lush waterways, and about a third of the huge area is protected in the Moremi Game Reserve. It is apparently a haven for all kinds of wildlife, including hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and tons of birds. Anyway, we get to spend the next three days exploring the delta by canoe, as we camp out on the islands and search for wildlife on foot. We stocked up on water in town and then set up camp at a site right on one of the delta's waterways, where we will depart from by boat tomorrow. This was yet another nice campsite with a pool, so we kicked back all afternoon and organized our gear for the journey tomorrow. We also spent the afternoon watching the many little monkeys that live in the trees within the camp. They ran around, swung from the trees, and had no problem with trying to break into our tents looking for trouble. The camp also has a nice lodge and bungalows, and a very nice outdoor restaurant and bar area under big trees overlooking the water, so we had a few birthday drinks there as the sun set on another pretty day in Africa.