Maun (05.04.2012 – 30.04.2012)
In Maun at Island Safari Lodge is a good place to get work done. First we had to work, second we had to organize some stuff for our equipment. First we had to extend our visa at immigration in town.
We were expecting to get three month as it was a new year, but the lady explained that we only can get 3 month within a period of 12 month. Meant we could only get 45 days more, as we had already been here in December last year. Now we had less time than expected for working and touring the country. So we spent the time with working and we had to replace the tent as it started to brake on every edge.
At an Indian shop we found one (300 US$), which was large enough to work in it. It is 3,5 meters by 2,10 meters with a separate sleeping compartment of 2×2 meters. So we could work with our computers in it and could use it as a sleeping tent as well. We also needed new tires, so we went from shop to shop to get prices. The range was quite wide, so we decided for TireMax. We bought 4 Bridgestone 7.50×16 for 6200 Pula, the equivalent of about 170 US$ per tire. My laptop case broke finally, so I had to get a new one as well. We were looking in whole Maun, but could not really find a suitable one, only when we entered the Chinese quarter we found one (8US$) and by accident I saw a power generator, very small one.
We were thinking quite often of buying one because it often happened that we were on a place with no electricity, but we had to do some work and could not. It was very small and fitted into our bench in the Land Rover. We had a closer look and it had 750 Watt output continuously, which was enough for 2 computers and a light. And it was cheap. 90 US$, operated by unleaded mixed with oil, consumption half a liter per hour. At the campsite we tried it and it worked! On 30 of April we had finished everything in Maun and got 20% discount at the campsite. Quickly we got fuel, food and water in Maun and headed for Quwai River Concession, an area between Moremi and Chobe National Park. The road was awful, so we managed 70 km on this day and stayed at Kaziikini Community Campsite. Beautiful Place.