Markets in Maun

This morning we are all disappointed we have to leave the delta so soon. We take our mokoros to meet our truck driver, and begin the long trip through the bush to get back to the roads of Maun.

Our ride out of the delta

Our ride out of the delta

We pass many farm animals in the waters on our way back to Maun.

We pass many farm animals in the waters on our way back to Maun.

Happy to take a hot shower, we clean up at the lodge and then head to town for some shopping. Most of the local craft goods for sale here painted fabrics and tapestries. The artists at the market describe two methods for printing on the fabrics – potato prints and batik. The potato prints are made by creating a stamp out of a potato, and many of the prints are animals common to this area of Botswana such as elephants, giraffes, or guinea fowl. The batik prints are hand-painted using colors extracted from flowers, and then baked in an oven to set the colors. I purchase table cloths to take home in the guinea fowl pattern, and browse additional carvings made from animal bone and baskets made of local grass.  

 

In the evening we have more rain (how lucky we were to have a dry night for camp!), but the sun shines through creating a full rainbow on our way to dinner. We eat at a waterfront restaurant overlooking the delta to celebrate our last night in Maun.

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