Day 15 – Final day and home

The next morning I went back down to the Boma area at the Bush Lodge to look out at the view across the Boteti riverbed one last time. As I did my attention was caught by a plaque on a pile of stones which said this was the final resting place for someone who had gone on her greatest and final safari in 2003. I took a last look out at the dry riverbed that was her view now for the rest of eternity. It was very peaceful and very lovely.

As I left the lodge we found the manager at the gate: the campsite had been overrun by elephants, again, and they had destroyed everything around the swimming pool that they had not flattened the day before.

I drove back to Maun, allowing 1.5 hours on good tarred roads, returned the vehicle, did some last minute souvenir shopping at the fantastic curio shop opposite the airport entrance in Maun, then got on the plane.

Back in Blighty I said goodbye to Ed and found as ever it was really lovely to get back to the shockingly green and wet England and life in Reading, work and friends, albeit things like traffic lights and roundabouts were initially a bit bewildering, and am quite glad to not be animal poo or face down in the bush with buffalo footprints all over my back. And very, very appreciative of hot, running water and all the small things in life you take for granted again very quickly.

I’d like to thank Ed for coming to Botswana with me in June 2007 and making it all possible.

Text © Kathy Cook (was Dalboth) August 2007
Photographs © Kathy Cook (was Dalboth) August 2007
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Although the author has taken all reasonable care in preparing this, I make no warranty about the accuracy or completeness of its content and, to the maximum extent permitted, disclaim all liability arising from its use.


7 Responses to “Day 15 – Final day and home”

  1. John Francis Says:


    A great account of what was evidently a great holiday, I really enjoyed reading it.

    My wife and I have enjoyed many self drive holidays in Southern and East Africa, and as you say, a bit of Africa is always retained inside. So much so that we shall probably buy a bolt hole there when I retire in a few years.

    Next March we are off to Caprivi and Northern Chobe from a start in Zambia and some of your comments are worth remembering regarding the Chobe River area. We were there 8 years ago but it sounds as if it has become even more built up and frenetic since then. We are going to spend some time at Muchenje, near to Ngoma Bridge and so should be able to explore the western riverbank area in peace.

    Thanks again, I enjoyed reading it.


    John Francis

  2. Robert O'Toole Says:

    Thanks for telling us about your wonderful expedition, and so eloquntly too!

  3. Stewart Says:

    I see you had a great time in Botswana – always wanted to go there. Where are you now?Hope you are well. Stewart

  4. Lorna Says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely, detailed and candid trip review!

  5. Howard Says:

    Hi Kathy,
    What a brilliant account of your trip, well written and fun to read. Living in Botswana, in Orapa – one of the diamond Mines you mention, being an avid bush man, and 4X4 fanatic we have visited every place you mention, not once not twice …., your writing was so real to me. I have been lucky enough to live here for the last 7 years and in the beginning these were the places we explored. Of late we tend to explore the more remote, unmentioned places and tracks that haven’t seen the public for years. In my view the ultimate trip we went on was to circumnavigate the Delta in 4X4’s. It was the trip of a lifetime. Fortunately or maybe unfortunately, a large part of the trip was in areas that are closed to the public. We managed to get permission to access these areas just by knowing the right people. (There is a whole story in itself about getting this permission). I have to admit the sand ridge was a big disappointment in terms as 4X4 driving, I agree, I don’t know what all the hoo haa is all about. Much the same goes about the marsh road, although it was dry.
    Once again, thanks for the entertaining reading and hopefully one day you will be back to explore many areas that you missed.
    I would love to write a book one day about our life in this country, a life I wouldn’t swap for anything.
    All the best

  6. Mari Dales Says:

    Hello Howard

    My husband and I have been to Botswana 3 times in the last 3 years and are planning another trip again end of December 2007 to mid January 2007. We are from Durban and absolutely love Botswana. We are fully self contained and tow a Explorer 4×4 caravan.
    We love the remote areas and are planning to visit Central Kalahari this time round.
    It is wonderful reading about the adventures of other travellers and learning from their experiences.
    We find it hard to find travelling companions that enjoy the remote, no comfort trips as much as we do, so always end up travelling alone.
    More reason to find out as much as we can about an area before embarking on the trip.
    Have you been to the Cenral Kalahari recently? Any advise or tips will be greatly appreciated.

    Chris ans Mari Dales

  7. zambiaraftingguru Says:

    Love the blog! some great information, Zambia does have a few problems but doesn’t every country?I’ve bookmarked your blog so will be back. Thanks

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