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Days 6 and 7 Xigera Camp, Botswana

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The landscape changed dramatically as we approached the Okavango Delta
The landscape changed dramatically as we approached the Okavango Delta
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65395813.MtN6nbQt.jpg  The staff welcomed us with a song
The staff welcomed us with a song
 Our tented room
Our tented room
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65395825.fvkBvkhk.jpg t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65395826.8WahDwoA.jpg  The view from our deck
The view from our deck
 Red Lechwe grazing at the water's edge just beyond our tent
Red Lechwe grazing at the water's edge just beyond our tent
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65395831.sTxTROLh.jpg  I always seem to have my hands in a mouth
I always seem to have my hands in a mouth
 The camp is situated on an island in the Okavango Delta
The camp is situated on an island in the Okavango Delta
 Greater Kudu
Greater Kudu
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65395837.QwnGx1no.jpg t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65395838.j3DgPUd5.jpg Xigera is know for its mokoro trips
Xigera is know for its mokoro trips
Guides use a pole to propel the mokoro silently through the water.
Guides use a pole to propel the mokoro silently through the water.
Traveling slowly and very quietly provides a closeup view of nature.
Traveling slowly and very quietly provides a closeup view of nature.
White-faced ducks
White-faced ducks
Malachite Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
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 A Cape Buffalo dining on the water reeds
A Cape Buffalo dining on the water reeds
Moses shows us a giraffe bone.
Moses shows us a giraffe bone.
A typical narrow channel
A typical narrow channel
A small hitch-hiker
A small hitch-hiker
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65396319.nADDPIdz.jpg  In search of the elusive Pel's Fishing Owl
In search of the elusive Pel's Fishing Owl
 Yellow-bellied Parrots overhead
Yellow-bellied Parrots overhead
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65396322.DYfM5Kae.jpg
 Pel's Fishing Owl
Pel's Fishing Owl
 Pel's fishing owl at the top of a tree
Pel's fishing owl at the top of a tree
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 Returning to camp
Returning to camp
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65396336.7LOkaDoz.jpg African Darter
African Darter
 Motor boats offer more viewing options  on the delta
Motor boats offer more viewing options on the delta
...for instance getting closer to hippopotamuses
...for instance getting closer to hippopotamuses
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65396347.1CPBgzKb.jpg t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65396349.qMftwfkt.jpg  When upset, hippos submerge quickly.
When upset, hippos submerge quickly.
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65396357.szIOIVDo.jpg t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65396360.c17tZvdz.jpg Floating refreshments
Floating refreshments
Spur-winged Goose
Spur-winged Goose
Male Bushbuck
Male Bushbuck
Masai Giraffe
Masai Giraffe
An African Open-billed Stork
An African Open-billed Stork
Vultures cleaning up a buffalo carcus
Vultures cleaning up a buffalo carcus
  Spotted Hyenas actually eat the bones
Spotted Hyenas actually eat the bones
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65405766.CDP3g9DR.jpg Fifteen minutes later, this is what the hyena left for the vultures.
Fifteen minutes later, this is what the hyena left for the vultures.
Nile Crocodile
Nile Crocodile
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65405778.WMp6EOLL.jpg African Fish-Eagles
African Fish-Eagles
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65405780.EgzbH4sJ.jpg Ebony and Ivory
Ebony and Ivory
Rookery at sundown
Rookery at sundown
A newborn pokes its head out of the nest
A newborn pokes its head out of the nest
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t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65405789.QwqxrymD.jpg Tribal mask
Tribal mask
Preparing for dinner in a traditional African boma
Preparing for dinner in a traditional African boma
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The staff entertained us with tribal songs
The staff entertained us with tribal songs
A lone elephant wanders into camp. Who is watching whom?
A lone elephant wanders into camp. Who is watching whom?
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65426348.LmQlxrm6.jpg  This elephant decided he just needed to eat the leaves between the mokoros and the dining room!
This elephant decided he just needed to eat the leaves between the mokoros and the dining room!
 Just a little closer and I'll get the photo...
"Just a little closer and I'll get the photo..."
t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65426364.g2jEG0b1.jpg t2%2f81%2f448381%2f4%2f65426367.e3KXUpV5.jpg  He never touched the mokoros
He never touched the mokoros
 With much sadness we left Botswana, its wonderful people and the magnificent wildlife.
With much sadness we left Botswana, its wonderful people and the magnificent wildlife.