I have done several dugout (mekoro) safaris through various parts of the Okavango Swamps in Botswana between 1979 and 1994, the best of which was the one that Clarissa and I made to the Jau section of the Swamps. We had some very close encounters with elephant and lions, followed a honey guide to honey, did several field paintings under very arduous conditions and got a good understanding what the description "Garden of Eden" really means!
To see a documentary of this journey go HERE.
1/14 : The start of the Jau dugout journey.
2/14 : My canvases are packed into a dugout.
3/14 : Olay and Jimmy - our trusted and skillful guides and polers.
4/14 : Okavango, adventure, and a dugout full of camping and art gear!
5/14 : Okavango wonder! Crystal clear water and yellow sandy stream beds.
6/14 : You see a lot of this while sitting for hours in a dugout.
7/14 : You also see interesting things on nearby islands.
8/14 : Once we surprised some baboons. We laughed and laughed!
9/14 : On one of our long walks we say this on a floodplain
10/14 : They managed to catch one of the calves.....
11/14 : .... but it was rescued and licked clean by some female buffalo.
12/14 : Not swimming in the nicer looking channels was impossible!
13/14 : One of our camps in Jau. "Rough" would be a good description!
14/14 : At one of these camps I completed several paintings.