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Day 18

Sunday 21 August 2005
Royal Livingstone Hotel, Livingstone - Cresta Riley's Hotel, Maun

After enjoying the night at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, we set off early to head for one of southern Africa's most unspoilt wildlife parks, the Chobe National Park.

Again we had to cross the Zambezi on the Kazungula Ferry, but, following yesterday's tip off, time delays were not encountered. Back in Botswana, we soon entered Chobe National Park, famous above all for its elephants. We took the 49km stretch at a slow pace sighting some big wildlife including zebra, giraffe and, of course, some large trunked pachyderms.

The route then took us through cultivated countryside to Kachikau, before joining a bumpy, yet exciting, sandy forest track to the National Park's Ghoba Gate and finally on to Mababe Gate where we exited the park. The sand on these roads was deep, but, following Jingers' master class of the night before, everyone skilfully negotiated the sand, although Medic Mike Johnson did help to tow out some locals.

Finally we all reached the overnight halt at Maun ready for tomorrow's rest day where we would be able to explore the Okavango Delta by air and by Mokoro.