Monday, June 10, 2013

Through the Delta and On to Victoria Falls

We have now left the Okavanga Delta.  But not before a rather incredible stay at the Shinde Lodge.  This lodge is run by the Ker & Downey Group, which is a very large safari tour operator in Botswana.  It is a an amazing five star lodge that is right in the middle of the delta.  We landed on their private dirt runway, which you can see below:
During our stay there, we saw every type of animal that I had hoped to see, including lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants and a whole bunch more!  I took over 300 pictures and couldn't stop shooting...  Here are a couple of my favorites:

After leaving Shinde, we made a quick stop @ Kasane, where we got fuel and cleared outbound customs for Botswana and then headed off for the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.  

I had always wanted to do an overflight of Victoria Falls and on this leg I finally got my chance.  But our flight plan had us doing clockwise 360s around the falls.  So in order to get the best view, I decided (with Paul's encouragement) to fly as PIC from the right seat!  The view was absolutely breathtaking.  You can see for yourself below:
We are planning a day and half here at the falls and then will be off to the next lodge soon.  Who knows what kind of animals (or runways) will be there!

== T.J.==  

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