Stuart and I have been to most of the 'Great Parks' in Africa and we have been blessed by what we have seen, but what we have just had in Moremi Game Reserve was incredibly special.
Let me set the stage. Imagine a 'campground' with no water, no toilets, no showers, no facilities... but the biggest DIFFERENCE, no outer fence to keep us separated from the African animals. Our campground was simply an area beside one of the rivers in the great Okavango Delta, where upon our arrival, we witnessed one of the most beautiful scenes that nature has to offer. The background was the meandering river dotted with Lilly pads and Water Lilies, and the banks held both small green shrubs and majestic towering trees. And in the foreground, 6 massive elephants wading amongst the reeds, with Sable, Zebras and Antelopes in the tree line. Spectacular!
Besides the various game drives where we saw a plethora of animals, Stu and I went on Mokoro ride with our small kids, where our 'guide' used a long pole to propel us through the shallow waters of the delta. We were amazed when we came within meters to a group of male elephants feeding on the banks, and then a herd of Cape Buffalo, a close encounter from a new perspective.
The camp site itself was a place of action, as we had visitors from a group of elephants, as well as passing lions and hippos. From bucket showers to digging toilets with a machete, our time here will not be forgotten.