We headed from Kubu Island to Planet Baobab, a really good lodge near the Naxi Pan. It had been suggested by Ben and Shan, a couple on their honeymoon heading north who we met in Uganda. After the long drive to get from Kubu, to the main road, we didn’t see much game aside from birds, but did see a group of ostriches on the salt pans in the distance.

Screeching sound coming from the brakes after the Kubu route and it got gradually worse. We reached Planet Baobab pretty early and took it easy for the rest of the day.

We decided to take a day off the nest day, catching up on washing and just relaxing around the lodge. We attempted to clean the brakes, so spent a while taking the back wheels off and cleaning the discs and pads.

Flat road to Maun on Tuesday – a dead straight road which Bun covered in a few hours. Daytime tempratures are hot this time of year, which only get hotter until September when the rains return.

We took Landcrusier to Toyota to look into the brakes a bit more. We got it back to them after a lunch stop near the airport. We stayed at the Old Bridge Backpackers, outside of town on the Moremi road. Another good spot to stay.

The next morning we took the Landcrusier back to Toyota to finish off the job. Six hours later, we got the vehicle back! Not sure why it took so long and we got two massive stones back that had been stuck in the brakes somewhere. They annoyed us for taking so long, but labour costs are cheap here, so it only came to about £20 to get it sorted.

It delayed our next mission of sorting out the rest of the week. We had a rush around sorting out our Okavango trip, to the Moremi Game Reserve. It’s an easy enough job booking the entry to the park, but the accommodation once inside the park is a different story. Most of the lodges and camps have been privatised. The wildlife authority only own a few sites, and they had been booked out. We sorted out the other options by heading off to a few companies to book somewhere to stay whilst we are in the reserve.

We also wanted to combine a trip to Chobi National Park. Having missed this as we came through Zimbabwe, we decided that we could do a long trip over the next four days to get north to Kasane near the Zambian border to see the best of Chobi. Sounded a crazy thing to do, but we didn’t want to miss out on seeing it whilst we were here.

That meant we needed full supplies of water and food. We got the firewood from Planet Baobab the day before and that was on the roof rack.

Maun is different from other game reserve towns. Here there are many independant travellers in 4×4, on their way to Chobi and the Kalahari. Everyone is in town to book tickets and organise lodges and campsites. They are mainly coming from South Africa and Namibia.