After an early breakfast, we departed at 7:00 am for Tsodilo Hills, a World Heritage Site. This is a large rock formation rising out of the sandy plain, where ancient Bushmen and Bantu shamans drew red and white paintings on the rocks, while under a hypnotic trance. There were figures of hippos, rhinos, eland, snakes, jackals, lions, humans, and perhaps penguins and whales.
On the way home, we stopped at Fish’s village, where Anna distributed school supplies she had brought from home – she was a hit with the kids.
Back to the lodge for a boat ride in mokoros, a modern fiberglass version of the traditional dugout canoe made by the natives for centuries. The guides poled us along, gliding across the wide floodplain, at eye-level with the grasses, sedges, lilies, insects, etc. Lots of dragonflies hunting (we hoped) for mosquitoes. Lots of birds again.
We stopped and disembarked on an island to “stretch our legs.” There we saw hippo footprints and a spray of hippo poop marking his territory. Back on the boats, we saw a moorhen’s nest made of papyrus filaments, floating in the water with four eggs.
Back to the lodge for another lovely meal, except the mosquitoes drove us crazy.