Botswana.Posted on mai 15, 2012 in News | Commentaires fermés
Our dreams of flying with big animals came became reality in this country. Finally we were going to have the possibility to fly over antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and even elephants. In order to do so, we asked some locals where we should fly in order to see the animals and even more important… to first find a clear area to take off.
We spent a great evening around the fire with new local friends who live on the side of the Okavango delta. They know the place by heart, they told us wich direction we should be heading to the next morning. We were now sure that we were going to have some action.
Really early in the morning Tom and I prepared the paramotors and found a little area with low grass but surrounded by big trees. The take off was one of the most difficult I have done in paramotor, no wind, almost no space and full of trees on the way. But we did it! After 15 minutes we were already on the other side of the river flying over lakes and above very shy hippos, graceful antelopes and,eagles flying close to us but still no elephant in the horizon. As we started to run out of fuel, we realized we were far from the base camp. We decided to insist a bit and to try to locate the all mighty elephant. At that point Tom saw the skeleton of a big one in lying in the high grass. We knew we were getting close. Suddenly an entire family appeared between the bushes and we get a big smile on our faces, they were a bit scared so we decided to take a few pictures and to go back as we were running out of fuel and we still had to cover 20 kilometers to arrive to our camp. Thanks to the GPS of Tom we did the perfect straight line to return, but in the very last moment… ho, hooooo, my paramotor stops just before to cross the river. I have no gasoline anymore!
Thanks to the help of Tom and John I could cross the river in a shallow part and enjoy with the rest of the team the stories of this dream we could realize together again.