Blogs from Botswana, Africa - page 56

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Africa » Botswana July 16th 2006

Brrr.... erneut hiess es um 6.00 tagwach. Wir hatten nur Zeit fuer eine heisse Schokolade und dann gings schon los auf einen 4 stuendigen Marsch. Dieser war jedoch relativ langweilig da wir keinen weiteren Tiere sahe. Spaeter gab es jedoch ein grossartiges Fruehstuck. Ma Nachmittag konnten wir schwimmen gehen. Nur fuehlten wir uns nach dem Schwumm nicht wirklich viel sauberer. An diesem Nachmittag lernte ich also auch noch Poker spielen. Machte mir jedoch nicht sehr viel spass da ich mich dort schon verschuldete (wir spielten mit Streichhoelzer....). Am Abend ging es mit de Makoros zu einer Sunset Cruise. Was wiklich friedlich war.... read more

Africa » Botswana July 15th 2006

Nachdem wir am morgen imOkavang Delta alles zusammengepackt haben kamen und sie Makoros wieder abholen und brachten uns zum glueck sicher wieder nach Maun zurueck. Nach einer wunderschoenen heissen Dusche ging es weiter und wir kamen gegen Abend bei den Makgodikagadi Pans an. Auch dort sahen wie einen wunderschoenen Sonnenuntergang. Das Camp war dort ziemlich ueberfuellt und wir hatten muehe einen Platz zu ergattern. Zum Abendessen gingen wir ins Camprestaurant wo es ein riiiises Buffet gab.... read more
Sunset 1224

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun July 13th 2006

Nach dem ueblichen Morgenritual kam uns ein 4 rad angetriebener Jeep und abholen und fuhr uns ca. 2 Stunden richtung Okavango Delta. Dort kamen wir an einen kleinen See (eher Teich...) und sahen dort schon einige Nilpferde!!!!. Dort mussten wir umsteigen und zwar in kleine Makoros. Dies sind Einbaumboote welche von einheimischen durchs Delta gesteuerte werden. Tja, es brauchte schon ein bisschen Mut um in diese einzusteigen da man nur etwa 3 cm. ueber dem Wasser ist. Nach nochmals 2 Stunden kamen wir dann auf dem auserwaehlten Platz an und konnten die Zelte aufstellen. Schon da waren wir total schmutzig da es sehr heiss war und auch extrem staubig. Gegen Abend machten wir einen 2 Stuendigen Spatziergang durch den Busch und sahen ein paar Zebras.... read more
Okvango Delta
Okavango Delta - Sunset
Okavango Delta - Macoro

Africa » Botswana July 12th 2006

Nach einer horrorkalten Nacht kamen um 8.00 die Buschm'nner und nahmen uns mit auf einen Spatziergang. Es war einfach so beindruckend, denn diese leben wie vor 2000 jahren. die einzige Kleidung welche sie haben besteht aus Fell und ein bisschen Leder. In zwei stunden zeigten sie uns wie sie Feuer machten (tatsaechlich, mit 2 Stoeckli Holz!) und wie sie aus Wurzeln Wasser gewinnen etc. Speter reisten wie weter und kamen um halb drei in Maun an. Etwa einen halbe Stunde verbrachten wir in einer Bank zum Geldwechseln (ja keine Ungedult..wir sind in Africa.....). Dann hatten wir zeit zum Wasser einkaufen und uns auf den Survivaltrip im Okavango delta vorzubereiten. Das Camp im Maun war wirklich superschoen und hatte auch einen Pool. Der war zwar eiskalt, doch es war eine wilkommende Erfrischung! Nach dem Abendessen verbrachten wir ... read more

Africa » Botswana June 7th 2006

It's starting to feel like and every day sort of thing! I left Windhoek last Saturday to help out the Botswana team in Francistown. I didn't really want to leave Windhoek, but I was a little excited about seeing Botswana... Yeah well so much for that excitement. The most exciting this trip got was when I got into this tiny propellar plane from Jo'burg to Gaborone. I think Botswana must be very nice when you do one of those ridiculously expensive safaris or hang out in the villages... I didn't really experience Gaborone, but Francistown sucks. Seriously the vibe I've been getting from the locals is that they hate white people. It's a lot like my flight from Dubai to Nairobi and it's very disturbing. I've been harrassed and made fun of numerous times. Yesterday I ... read more

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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park June 1st 2006

Well, after getting back from our last little road trip around Namibia, Ryan and I decided it was time to focus on getting further north, and to our ultimate goal of reaching Mozambique. Charlie is heading to Dar Es Salem and figured he would join us. What was going to be a simple train ride turned into another road trip, this time with five people. Rob (New Zealand) had to get up to Katima to do some fishing in Angola and Sophie (England) wanted to see the country so we figured the five of us could subsidize each other quite nicely and explore the area to a greater degree and maybe find some animals. We hit the road and drove 900km straight into the evening and ended up at a camp called Ngepi just west of ... read more
Under the Stars
Chuck
Okavango River

Africa » Botswana May 27th 2006

Back in Botswana Makgadikgadi Pans Back in Botswana and at the Makgadikgadi Pans. The pans still had water in them from the heavy rains, so David our guide said it would all be mud and the truck couldn’t make it as it would get stuck. With the news, Celine and I decided to content ourselves lying out by the lodge pool. As with all safari lodge and camp pools in southern Africa we had encountered this one was ice cold. The sun was setting and the surrounding trees had enveloped the pool in shade. It was starting to get cold. Feeling a bit ridiculous lying out in bikinis in winter in shade in front of the lodge bar, we decided to go back to camp and shower before dinner and dark. Another outdoor shower under a ... read more
Not as easy to spot in the dark
Camp
Our tent the next morning

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park May 22nd 2006

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Africa » Botswana May 20th 2006

Ok everyone I have decided to make this more of a photo blog (If you click on the thumbnail a larger pic will pop up with a short narration) until I have the time to log my journal entry which at this point may take forever. Please check out the photos and the videos. The videos (the second one is more like a mini movie) tell the story well however there are a handful of good stories to tell from this part of the trip. I think if you see the videos it will make you want to get on the phone and book the first available flight to Southern Africa. I know I do. Some of the shots at the start of the video are in Namibia as well as Botswana. Sorry the quality is ... read more
Another Elephant
footprints
lion profile

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park May 11th 2006

While driving through Botswana I saw a different Afrrica then Cape Town. Much of the area we covered was not polulated and the areas we were had nothing surrounding them. Many subsistance farmers who just live in their tiny community. Our travel guide said that the government or companies will come by time to time to offer jobs to them, such as road construction that was being done on the highway we were traveling on. everyone waved to our massive overland buses, and many children chased us along their fence. Since i've been here South Africans have asked why I came to Cape Town because "it's not Africa." It's so weird because they think that I as an American think of what I saw in Botswana as Africa, with Elephants crossing the road instead of other ... read more
Two boys and their donkey traveling in Bots
Wagon of donkies and men returning home
Our overland trucks




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