Some Jeeps can drive half-submerged in water! The future is now!
In other news, our second day at Jao Camp featured a drive in the morning, a nap at noon, and a boat ride at sunset. Throughout, we gawked at the rich birdlife of the Okavango Delta, like this iridescent lilac-breasted roller. Their bright colors attract insects, which they then eat.
The blacksmith lapwing incubates its eggs for thirty days. They were named not for their black color, but because their chirp allegedly sounds like the ring of anvils. And they have only three toes as opposed to most birds’ four, so they can’t grip branches and must live on the ground.
The black-headed oriole.
The grey loerie, otherwise known as the go-away bird, because its call supposedly sounds like “Go-away!”
And we can’t forget the brilliant malachite kingfisher.
Other neat creatures include the reed bucks – fluffy little antelopes that mate for life and live in pairs.
I think if I were to be any animal we’ve seen so far, I might like to think I’d be a cool elephant or big cat or something, but I’d probably be a warthog. Something about the awkward yet jaunty strut.
Some facts: The warthog’s mane stands on end when threatened. They run with their tails pointed straight up so their babies can see them in the tall grass. They have longer legs than necks, so they have to get on their front knees to eat grass. Questionable evolution. And the babies have stiff whiskers that mimic tusks. How cute is that?!
A beautiful sunset to finish the evening.