After more than a few long and very hot days in Zambia and Botswana where the temperature was pushing 40 degrees each day, there were murmurings throughout our tour group of wanting to find an oasis. An especially hot morning walk in the Okavango Delta was the straw that broke the camels back – an oasis was wanted.
The imaginations were still running wild the day we drove deep into the Kalahari en route to Etosha in Namibia. Our guide Fiona had mentioned a slight possibility of going to an old quarry for a swim to escape the harsh desert heat when arrived to our Kalahari camp.
Everyone was up for a swim so we all pushed started the old truck jumped on the back and headed off to the quarry. Fiona hadn’t really said much about the quarry as there wasn’t much to talk about when she last went, just the chance of a swim to cool down.
We drove up the dusty road dodging stray Acacia tree branches and then into the gates of the quarry. There was a thatched roof building and some lawn with gardeners tending to a few recently planted trees. We turned the truck around parked and then found what could only be described as an oasis right before our eyes in the middle of the Kalahai desert….