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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 25th 2012

Gweta 22 and 23 August, Okovango Delta & Maun 24 - 26 August We arrived in Gweta in the afternoon after driving over good roads. Even the roads are improving!! Gweta is a small village in Botswana. It lies about 205 kilometres away from Maun and about 100 kilometres from Nata. Generally considered the gateway to the Makgadikgadi Pans Gweta derived its name from the sound of croaking bullfrogs which bury themselves in the sand until the rainy season arrives and they emerge to mate. The huge expanse of the Makgadikgadi Pans is bigger than Switzerland. Once a large river-fed lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans now lie saline and empty. The pans are littered with stone tools and artefacts dated from between 2,000 to 500,000 years old! During the wet season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into ... read more
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4 Elephants at Moremi Game Park

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park September 24th 2012

Kabale and Chobe National Park and River 22 & 23 August After leaving Livingstone at 7.30am after a hot breakfast at the restaurant, with our new group and new guides, we had to travel only 2 hours to the border to Botswana. The border crossing went smoothly even though our guides were not looking forward to it as past times the border crossing has taken 4 hours. Immediately after the border crossing, we crossed the mighty Chobe River by a short ferry ride. The ferry only fitted our truck and one other vehicle. The Chobe River flows into the Zambezi River and eventually flows out into the Ocean through Mozambique. What is interesting about this ferry crossing is that in the middle of the river is the joining of the Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe borders. ... read more
Chobe River Sunset Cruise (3)
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Chobe River Sunset Cruise (5)

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 17th 2012

Debbie and I were originally booked on a camping safari through Botswana. I'm sure it would have been enjoyable, but when it was cancelled we transferred to an accommodated tour. And have been living it up in luxury since! Everywhere we've stayed has been at least three star, mostly four. And most of the safari lodges we've stayed in have had beautiful architecture with soaring timber and thatched ceilings in the common areas and very comfortable individual bungalows or, in one case, permanent tents. And beautiful buffet food laid on ... as Debbie said several times 'to heck with camping'!? Our favourite place by far was a georgeous remote accommodation called Moremi Crossing in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. We had to fly in and out on light aircraft, and got met by ... read more
Namushasha Lodge, Namibia
Open Air Treehouse, Ngepi Camp
Evidence of elephants right outside our 'tent

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve September 17th 2012

We've been on some wonderful safari game drives during this trip. We've had great weather and have been lucky enough to see leopards, lions, giraffes, heaps of antelope etc etc in the wild ... and of course, hundreds of elephants! But a highlight was going on game WALKS in Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. That's right ... we set off into the African bush on foot. It felt a little strange knowing there were carnivores about, as well as pretty big wild animals like elephants nearby. I began to think we were crazy when I found out that our guide didn't have a rifle ... all he was 'armed' with was a pocket detonator that would make a sound like a rifle shot!?! Our instructions at the beginning of the first walk were to walk in ... read more
Do these trees look easy to climb?
Giraffes ahead!
A tough end to a game walk - 'sundowners' anyone?

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 5th 2012

We had decided to stay another nite at Drotsky's so we booked the boat for the second day, to continue on our fishing "success". Our guide was exceptionally good. Adrian lost one on the first cast. But Alex lost 4 that morning. I got my second tiger fish , but many more were lost that morning. We went back to camp at about lunch time to have food. We swam some more and then relaxed at the bar before the fishing started. The afternoon we lost a few more fish, but that didn't really matter the sunset was something very different. At about 5pm the sun disappeared behind some clouds. And until 6:30pm it was just an orange ball, the humidity was there but the heat wasn't which made it a pleasant afternoon for the fishing. ... read more

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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 3rd 2012

Had a casual breakfast some cereal and yoghurt. Quickly packed up and drove for the border. The border crossing was simple and quick and we were back in botswana. A short drive from the border is Drotskys. It is a nice stop, lovely lodges, a proper pool. The day was short we messed around at the camp for a bit then headed to the pool for a swim as it was 37 degrees Celsius. A stinking hot day. The pool was flippen freezing until you were in for a while then it got better but it was lekker refreshing. And by the looks of it there will be curry for supper. Adrian's quote for the day: human insanity goes a long way.Dylan... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta August 31st 2012

Today we were heading into the Okavango Delta. We were up quite early today to pack all of our stuff onto boats. I mean everything: tents, cooking supplies, EVERYTHING! We had about a one hour power boat ride to the Mokoro station. A mokoro is a dugout canoe. Some were actually made of fibreglass though. Erica and I ended up as Mokoro buddies which was nice, as it meant the 3 odd hour Mokoro ride wouldn't be boring. It was such a peaeful boat trip that both of us (as well as many others) fell asleep. The only distraction was the beautiful surrounds, and the wet reeds slapping you in the face as you floated through the Delta. It was amazing. Once we arrived we set up our camp and had a quick bite to eat. ... read more
Elephant footprint
Sunset

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun August 30th 2012

Today we arrived in Maun, our home base for our trip into the Okavango Delta. Our first stop was in town to pick up the supplies for our trip into the Delta. Derek and I went to pick up a couple of bottles of Scotch, but the prices were actually really high. I guess it was because it is a tourist area. I decided to save money and have a "dry" couple of days. Once we were in the camp site, a lot of people headed off to do their scenic flight over the Delta. I used the time to kick back and relax by the pool, beer in hand. It was nice to just hang out for a while instead of worrying about getting somewhere. It was here that I found St. Louis Export, the ... read more
The Moon

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park August 28th 2012

Tuesday August 28 We've just spent a most amazing two nights in the Okavango Delta. I loved, loved, loved it and the time spent in the mokoro is some of the most relaxing hours I've ever spent. Mekoro (plural of mokoro) are traditional boats carved out of a single tree. Ours were of the less traditional kind (fibreglass) that are more common these days but I did see a couple of wooden ones, lined with hay. They each came equipped with a 'poler' who has a wooden pole four to five metres long and uses it to propel us through the water by pushing off the river bed and as a rudder to change direction. After a three hour trip that wasn't a race (though we were definitely racing), Denise and I arrived last to find ... read more
Fish eagles
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Kasane August 26th 2012

So we had a 2 nite sleep, a day to rest well sort of. We woke up and decided to visit Chobe National Park. It is dry, like desert dry and super hot (24 degrees at 9:30). So we decided to drive along the water front where it is greener and way more animals. We saw huge herds of buffalo and elephant, a few kudu, impala and 1 crazy zebra. we had brunch at the Sedudu picnic site. Nana you were missed here, it was a magnificent spot on the river. After lunch we headed back the the campsite to swim and do some washing. At 3 pm we boarded a cruising boat for a guided trip down the Chobe river. Despite the size of the boat we got extraordinarily close to elephant, hippo, buffalo and ... read more




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