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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun October 14th 2006

Another early start for our journey into Botswana. . At the border we had to disembark and cross as pedestrians in the stifling heat. Once in Botswana the journey was notable for the number of donkeys encountered - some causing Mwangi to brake suddenly. We stopped for lunch at the roadside near swirling vultures. A car load of drunk African youths arrived playing loud music. They were intimidating but Kat (and straight talking Lindsay with a ‘nice to meet you - now f*** off’) sent them packing. We arrived at the very backpacker oriented site. We paid for the upgrade to a wooden hut with double bed (but no plumbing). After an evening in the busy bar, we returned to our ‘luxury lodgings. A mouse ran over the mosquito net - its feet dimpling the ... read more

Africa » Botswana October 9th 2006

We encountered our easiest border crossing yet as we crossed into Botswana; they even chatted ad laughed with us, rather than the usual 'can't be bothered with these bloody msungos'! After a couple of long drive days, we arrived at the Okavango Delta, a watery wilderness consisting of a vast 15,000-sq-km maze of lagoons, channels and islands. We travelle in pairs by mokoro, a shallow dug out canoe which is poled from a standing position. It looked very precarious as we wobbled onto them, clutching our cameras and willing our bedding not to get too wet! As it turned out Wako, our poler was brilliant; he was able to negociate what seemed like a labyrinthine of waterways as we layed back and relaxed, arriving at our base camp surprisingly not wet at all. We were lucky ... read more

Africa » Botswana September 23rd 2006

Africa » Botswana September 21st 2006

I crossed the border into Botswana bright and early. I had both been hoping that I would find some form of public transport at the Botswanan border post, but I soon realised that the only way I would be going anywhere was on foot. It was already hot, despite the fact that it was just 7am and my backpack seemed heavier than ever. I must have walked for about 2kms, before hearing the sound of a vehicle in the distance. I was lucky the driver stopped and gave me a lift to the river ferry. I was feeling a bit stressed as I hadn't been able to get any pula in Namibia and I hadn't seen a bank in a couple of days. To make matters worse I didn't really have many Namib dollars either. I ... read more
Monkey oranges for sale
Termite mound
Catch of the day - water lillies and fresh fish

Africa » Botswana September 9th 2006

As soon as we crossed into Botswana you were aware that you had moved into another part of Africa - a lot wealthier than where we have been so far. Our first stop was a huge supermarket, which was so well stocked it was like being back at home. You could get all sorts of luxuries so everyone stocked-up, just in case this was a one off. We only had one afternoon in Chobe National Park and this was spent on a cruise on the river. We saw so many elephants, it was so nice to see them living in such large groups. They would come down from the hills and gradually disappear into the water until all that was left to see was the trunk, their very own snorkel helping them swim across. We also ... read more
Lady punter
Footprint
Sunset

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Africa » Botswana September 5th 2006

September 5th saw us heading for Botswana. It was a relatively short drive and we stopped on the Botswana side to stock up on supplies. What a difference! You forget how little choice the Zimbabweans have until you’re faced with a fully stocked shop just across the border! We had another short drive to our campsite on the outskirts of the Chobe National Park where we set up camp and had a picnic. That afternoon we went on a river cruise into the Park, it was a fantastic afternoon with loads of game coming down to the water. We were even treated to the sight of elephants swimming across the river, at one stage all we could see was the tip of the trunk. Other sightings included Impala, Waterbuck, Kudu, Buffalo, Hippos, Fish Eagle and Crocodiles. ... read more
Chobe Elephants
Chobe Hippos
Fat Croc

Africa » Botswana August 12th 2006

Critters in Botswana Chobe National Park didn’t disappoint - within an hour of entering we had spotted our first real lions (we’ve decided the sleeping one we saw in Kruger, which looked small and vague even through binoculars, doesn’t count). A pride of six mature lionesses and one young lion walking alongside the river occasionally drinking and completely ignoring the half a dozen vehicles jostling for views meters away from them. I must say that in real life lions are a lot bigger than I thought they would be. Later that same day on an evening game drive we also saw a sleeping lioness with three healthy and playful young cubs. The cubs clambered and fought over a dead tree, all energy and curiosity, while mum languished behind them having a well earned rest. Chobe is ... read more
Look - Real Lions!
Jockies
Bridge Over the River Kwhai

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park August 12th 2006

We arrived in Botswana and were amazed to experience a border crossing where security was something more than a hut and bamboo sticks, and the whole process took less than five hours. We drove to Chobe National Park which is definitely the most amazing place I have been so far, we did a jeep and barge safari and saw more than 100 elephants - the barge takes you right up to little floating islands in the river where the elephants are grazing and washing themselves so we got so close up to them it was fantastic! After the trauma of the 75,000 crocodiles at the farm in Zambia we were all a bit on edge to see yet more 8 metre male crocs on the shore too, and saw an elephant that had drowned and was ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park August 4th 2006

The evening of Day 12, we arrived in Rundu, Namibia. This town had the raunchiest smell you could ever imagine. There was basically a land fill running through the middle of the city. Thankfully, our campsite was just outside the city, along the banks of the Kavango River. That night, we experienced our first taste of African meat: Kudu. It was pretty good, basically what venison tastes like. After our dinner, we went to watch "traditional African dancing" in the bar of the campsite. It wasn't quite what we expected; it was more of a modern version of African dance. The young girls wore skirts made from bamboo shoots and then beer bottle caps at the bottoms of them, which made a jingle. This was a bit more modern than we were expecting, but it was ... read more
Rowdy School Boys
Just Eat'n My Porridge
Cute Little School Girl (Head of the Choir)

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park July 27th 2006

Hello, everyone. We have just spent three days just outside Chobe National Park, which is spectacular. (We are in a small town named Kasane and staying in a Lodge on the Chobe River.) We've seen just about all the big animals one can see in Africa, including the Big 5. We checked off Lion and Leopard in the past three days in our game drives in the park. There are no fences between the park and the town, so one is taking their life into their own hands if they walk the streets at night. (We haven't!) :-) Zach and Bill went fishing yesterday on the Chobe River. Zach caught two Tiger Fish (the most famous fresh water game fish in Southern Africa) They are known for their fighting. Bill caught nothing, but still managed to ... read more




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