After the CKGR we headed for Rakops. The road out was sandy but not nearly as long or difficult as our entrance route. In Rakops we refuelled and inflated the tyres and then we headed for Planet Baobab for hot showers, flushing loos, a pub and a swimming pool.
These two creations on the highway draw you in to find what Planet Baobab is all about. It’s not just another campsite in the bush. The owners have gone out of their way to be whacky, different and to make your stay memorable.
I worked out my fuel consumption for the past 8 days of mostly deep sand driving in 4×4 high range and I’m impressed. I used 17.57 l/100 km (or did 5.69 km per litre). I didn’t know what to expect not having driven such a distance in these conditions before. The vehicle is a pleasure to live in. Very cool and breezy in our sleeping area. Its also very quick and easy to setup and breakdown camp. With Solveig and I both setting up we’re all done in under 5 minutes. Including the awning !
The pub is a very welcoming venue to chill and connect to the Internet.
Here I am cooling off in the huge pool.
All in all, a great place to come down to earth again.
We passed the entrance to Nxai Pan Game Reserve and the Baines Baobabs on our way to Maun. We’d decided to give it a miss for now as advanced booking is a requirement. Maybe later in our wanderings??
The view from our campsite at Maun Restcamp alongside the Thamalakane river.
Juvenile Kurricane Thrush
No wild animals but plenty of birds, cows and goats, but then all animals need to drink.
We visited one of our suppliers of African fabrics who lives here in Maun, Birgit. She and her husband, Ryno, make frequent trips into Africa to make purchases. We get mainly Mali cloth from her. They have a lovely home under giant Leadwood trees. Both of them have created magic using their talents and skills. Furniture from their travels into the depths of Africa, huge leather Taureg cushions, coloured bottles set into walls in such a way as to illuminate the interior. Imaginative light fittings all creating a comfortable living space anybody would be happy living in.
After stocking up the following day with mainly liquids and ice, we headed for the Okavango pan handle on the western side of the swamp. This was only after a lengthy coffee stop at a curio shop, The Red Monkey. We met the owner Mel Oake, an ex Zimbabwean. Other locals, from the Wilmot family, were also there having coffee and cakes. We chatted and they filled us in with so much of the area’s history and background.
Mel was making and marketing a Kigelia product, made out of an extract from the tree of the same name, commonly known as the sausage tree.
Kigelia has number of uses, all relating to skin ailments and treatments.