Air Safari Continues
I’ve been without internet for almost a week now and I’ll be the first to say it feels great. We are so tuned into this world of instant information and continuous connectivity which becomes normal life. When you unplug from this constant stream of information you are left to look beyond 12 inches in front of your face, you are forced to look at the world around you and interact with the people around you. To disconnect from instagram pings, facebook dings, twitter tweets and inbox alarms is quite freeing. I highly suggest you put yourself in a situation where you have no choice but to be disconnected, it’s truly freeing.
The air safari continues with more epic flying and great camps. Last time I sat down to blog we had just arrived at Naankuse in Namibia, now I’m found in Malawi at Mvuu camp, just South of Lake Malawi on the beautiful Shire river. Just as we were getting ready to leave Nannkuse in Namibia, I pushed the airplane out onto the road and tried to “prime” the motor using the electric fuel pump. Unfortunately the electric fuel pump didn’t work which makes it next to impossible to get the airplane to start. I pushed the airplane back into the weeds, the Caravan departed and Luca and I were left to figure out our next step. I found a couple of broken wires leading to a micro switch on the fuel pump and although I wasn’t able to reconnect them properly, I was able to hotwire the pump so that it would at least operate long enough to get the airplane started. Once we had the airplane running we were able to fly it over to Eros international airport where we found some of the best mechanics I have ever worked with. In between these two camps we flew first South to Sossusvlei where the largest sand dune in the world resides, Big Daddy. Being in the middle of the desert with zero surrounding civilization, is spectacular. You see more stars than you could possibly imagine and the air is clean and clear.
From Sossusvlei we flew Northeast to Botswana and the Okavango Delta which is a spectacular bastion of wildlife and flora. What a great spot to unwind, cruising through the reed beds in a traditional makoro canoe, ending up on a tiny island for drinks and sunset. The flying is incredible and the lodges are studies in making the impossible, possible. How people decide to build these incredible lodges in some of the most remote places in these countries will always fascinate me.