We had our final breakfast and said our goodbyes at the Victoria Falls Hotel on April 18th. Our van took us to the Botswana border via the lovely Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe in about an hour and a half. The two lane highway was lightly traveled except for heavy trucks, and a few tour vans and private cars. We did see some giraffes through the trees. I again felt that feeling of expansiveness, clear, endless skies.
At the Botswana border we had to disinfect two pairs of shoes to combat hoof and mouth disease to protect their cattle industry. We also changed vans and drivers. The new driver shepherded us to Kasane Immigration Botswana while he transferred our luggage to his boat. Capt Gilbert was rocking a 6 person aluminum power boat the was tied up at a the tiny dock at Kasane Immigration. He balanced and hoisted our ginormous bags without complaint. I'm comfortable on the water; but Mike was a little unsure. The next leg of the journey took us to Kasika Immigration in Namibia. I never had this part of the trip clear in my head. As it turns out, the international boarder between Botswana and Namibia is the Chobe River. We did all our Game Drives (photo safaris) in Botswana but were residing in Namibia. We had to clear immigration every time we crossed the river! It actually wasn't that bad and the kind folks at the Chobe Water Villas to care of most of it.