I’ve had a very relaxing rest day in Maun, the tourist capital in northern Botswana. Maun is a desert town mostly used as a base for exploring the Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s greatest wildlife habitats.
Together with Cath, Erin, Mike and Peter, we went on a one-hour flight early morning to get an appreciation of the Okavango Delta and its wildlife from high up. There are no roads into the delta. Hence, scenic flights are one of the key touristic activities in Maun. None of the riders wanted to miss out on that opportunity, and it was easy enough to book the flights upon arrival at our lodge.
While Maun is mostly a desert town (though looking relatively green due to the heavy rains this season) . . .
. . . the landscape turns into a swampy delta just a few minutes into the flight.
From high up, we could see lots of elephants, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, hippos and even some crocodiles (though too far away for my photo camera). I enjoyed not only the scenery.
Taking a flight in a tiny plane was an exciting experience by itself.
After the flight, I stayed loyal to my rest day tradition—chilling at a nice coffee shop. Hilary’s Coffee Shop was top-rated in Maun and would live up to its promises. I joined Mike for a coffee there . . .
. . . and ended up staying until way after lunch, simply enjoying the good life. 🙂
Thanks to Hilary for being so hospitable, including putting an extension cable and changing the table position for me so I could charge my laptop while sitting outdoors. If you ever come to Maun, make sure to stop by Hilary’s!