Mui waiting to board our flight to Maun. Our luggage is on the other side of the plane; supposedly being loaded. (The lady next to him is Christina Moore, she and her husband own Abu Elephant Camp.)
The landscape between Johannesburg and Maun looked very arid.
Our first glimpse of Maun as our plane descended for landing.
Mui relaxing at the Wilderness Safari headquarters in Maun during the wait for the "delayed" luggage to be delivered on the next plane to Maun.
Mui in the copilot seat of the 13-seater that flew us from Maun to Xigera.
The landscape en route to the Okavango Delta started out fairly arid.
The presence of water started to change the landscape.
More water made for an even greener landscape.
Flying over the Okavango Delta.
Waterholes like this one are safe havens for animals during the dry season.
Aerial view of the Okavango Delta near the landing strip for Xigera.
We landed on an airstrip in the middle of this oasis.
Camp staff unloaded our luggage and other goods destined for Xigera as we waited in the vehicle.
The seasonal floods were especially high this year. Shaks, our driver/guide, patiently negotiated flooded roads en route to camp.
A raised walkway connected the tents with the public area of the camp. In one section of the boardwalk, the nails are out of alignment; an elephant apparently tried to walk right through the walkway. Ooops!
In this eight-tent camp, we were assigned the last test at the end of the long, raised boardwalk.
Our private veranda had a view of the bush.
View of the waterhole at dawn - from our tent.
The sliding, screened doors kept the bugs out, but let the sounds and sights of the bush in.
The tent was divided in three sections. The front portion was the sleeping quarters.
The middle portion of the tent contained a vanity and a double sink with running water - both hot and cold. The narrow hall led to the en suite facilities.
Our canvas closet had plenty of space for our gear; we even had a safe for our valuables.
The shower and flush toilet were located in separate cubicles in the rear of the tent.
Our private outdoor shower was on a deck attached to the rear of the tent.
No peeping toms at Xigera; just peeping baboons that browsed in the bushes near our outside shower.
The dining room, bar, and lounge were located in this thatched structure.
The lounge was comfortably furnished. (The picture looks like it was taken from behind a screen; not the case. Something happened to the picture in post-processing to give this effect.)
View of the permanent delta channel fronting the camp and the pedestrian bridge connecting the camp to the road.
The water in front of the camp was blanketed with lilies.
Beautiful basketry - the handiwork of the local tribes people. (There was no giftshop at Xigera; these items were displayed for sale on our last day in camp.)
The plunge pool looked very attractive, but since it was winter the water was much too cold for a dip.
The "loo with a view" - enclosed only on three sides; the fourth side was open to mother nature - all the modern conveniences and a view too!
Meals were served at a communal table.
The boma, surrounded by a thatch wall and lit by torches, was also used to serve dinner one night.
The camp staff described the mesmerizing flames of the open fire as "Bush TV - Channel 1."
On our last evening, the camp staff entertained us with folk songs and dances.