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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park May 3rd 2006

May 3, 2006 - Day 18 - This morning we crossed back into Botswana and directly into Chobe National Park. We had about 80min of driving in the park and saw nothing. Got to camp just outside of the town of Kasane. Had some time to go into town while others got some US dollars for the next portion of the trip. Turned out to be super boring and a painfully slow experience. Got back to camp in time for those who were taking an optional game drive. I opted for the evening cruise instead, which turned out to be a mistake. On the game drive they saw lions close up and bunches and bunches of elephants. Elephants on land, elephants in the water, elephants everywhere you looked. On the boat cruise we saw about 5 ... read more

Africa » Botswana May 1st 2006

April 29, 2006 - Day 14 - Today we headed into Botswana and had a smooth as silk border crossing. The people at the border control in Botswana particularly were wonderful and happy. One woman took a look at a passport and said, “Oh Markus, it’s you!”, which then became a running joke among us. Shortly after the border, we said good-bye to Richard and Will for a few days, as Richard had decided not to do the optional Delta trip and Will stayed behind with him. They stayed with our overland truck and dropped us off at a point where two smaller trucks picked up us and our gear and took us to a camp just on the outskirts of the delta. There we met the man who ran the camp, who told us not ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park April 30th 2006

Return to Nata. “Is this your underwear?” Anouk held up my red lacy French cut underwear up so I could see it from the front cabin. “Yep,” I had hung it up to dry and I guess the sway of the truck meant it was not staying up. “Put it on the dashboard,” Derick suggested. Sure, it would look real good next to the battered dog eared FHM. Makes him look like a real trucker. Leaving Maun behind, we drove ahead towards Nata camp. Botswana has this annoying love affair with barrier gates. Every ten miles a rusting barrier swings on the edge of a metal barrel and manned by uninterested Batwanas. There were no shortages of donkeys to evade and even a horse hopping across the road. Why did the horse hop across the road? ... read more
Two Ground Hornbills Perched
Toddler Elephant Frozen in Midstride

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park April 29th 2006

I am thrilled to share my pictures with each of you and it makes my day a little bit special when I know everyone enjoys them. I am so grateful for the eyes that have been given to me to see the people, the animals, and the vast regions of Africa. I am so grateful for the ears in which I can hear the different sounds of birds and animals, as well as the laughter of children. I am so grateful to have the tongue in which I can speak of my experiences with great passion! To the northeast of the Okavango Delta are the Chobe and Linyanti Game Reserves. These areas are renowned for their predators and large concentrations of game, particularly elephant. Dereck and Beverly Joubert made the region famous in their National Geographic ... read more
Early to rise
Kori Bustard

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park April 29th 2006

One thing I can say about this vacation, there was never a dull moment! Between the beauty of the sunsets, the glaze of the milky way, the sounds and sights of the animals, I had grown quite fond of Africa. I must warn you, that when you go to Africa, there is a part of Africa that never leaves your spirit, or so they say. I have come to believe that. As you all know, I have a great passion for the outdoors, animals, and travel, and to photograph nature, for me it is a labor of love. One of the surprises we encountered while at Linyanti Camp is Wild Dog! There is less than 4500 Wild Dog, and we saw a pack of 28 dogs! Other animals we saw were: Birds, Hippo, Elephant, Water Monitor, ... read more
Colorful and rare
Hitting the road
Odd couples


Africa » Botswana April 29th 2006

Into the Heart of the Delta I decided that under no circumstances was Nicole going to be last to be ready. After grabbing one of the boys to help me with my tent, I ran over to help Nicole. “Here, grab my pillows,” she called out from her tent. “Pillows? As in plural?” “Yeah, I have three.” She replied laughing at my dropped jaw. “If you have three, what on earth are you bringing into the delta?” She pointed to her day pack and a large white plastic garbage bag. So much for the ‘only one day pack per person’ rule. Heading out into the centre of Maun, concrete and steel buildings are slowly growing in the dust. Only one of the ATM’s was working and it was hell bent on only accepting VISA. Damn. I ... read more
Okavango Delta
Kamakazie Flight
Waterholes of the Delta

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun April 28th 2006

Out of Namibia & Hello Botswana The truck sounded really sick this morning. It took a few good minutes before it even felt like making a sound. Just a few empty clicks. “Come on, my beauty queen! Last time before Maun Camp,” Derick pleaded. Finally, she coughed back into life and we were on our way to Botswana. “That’s my beauty queen!” he crooned while I looked on with slight concern about this unhealthy attachment for a vehicle. A guard stood at the barrier as we were heading into the Kavango province. The nausea washed over me and I fought hard to keep it down. I hugged my pillow and curled around it hoping I wouldn’t have to ask Derick to make an emergency stop down the track. It was the Doxy. Curling didn’t help ... read more
Okavango River
The Pier
Extreme Chess

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

We took a "puddle jumper" to Savuti Camp, it was a little over an hour & half flight! I'd say the plane was smaller than the Concorde, and slower than a Snail in a quick crawl. It was fun though, especially when we hit some turbulence. Our arrival at Savuti Camp was a little on the wet side as an afternoon shower developed. Yours truly, my lower lip began to extend out because in the back of my mind, were we going to have one of those Texas showers that can go on forever, or would we have a "quickie". My mind eased up about an hour later! Off we went for a late afternoon drive to see what "dangers" would lie ahead. As we were driving down a hill, we encountered a couple of frisky, ... read more
King sized greeting
Lion youngsters
Mama lion

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun April 25th 2006

Our 3rd camp is located in the Moremi Game Reserve, which is actually located in the Okavango. Described as "the river which never finds the sea", the Okavango in northwestern Botswana disappears into a 6,000-square-mile maze of lagoons, channels, and islands. The river system brings more than 2 million tons of sand and silt into the Delta each year, yet less than three percent of the water emerges at the other end to either flood Lake Ngami or cross another 300 miles of the Kalahari, then to enter Lake Xau and the Makgadikgadi Pans. The Okavango Delta, in the midst of the Kalhan sands, is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis. The River Okavango, which rises in the highlands of Angola, never reaches the sea; instead its mighty waters empty over the sands of the Kalahari. ... read more
Sunset on the delta
Paddling down the delta
Small wild life

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun April 23rd 2006

We drove to our second camp, which is located in the Nxai Pan National Park. This park is a 2 hour drive from the Kalahari Desert, and there is a bit of change in the landscape. On the main road, we thought we had seen an incredible billboard, when all of a sudden, I said "stop the truck". Lo and behold, there was a bull elephant snacking on the side of the main road! He was around 40-45 years old, a solitary lad at that. Many bull elephants lead a solitary life. In observing the elephants, they walk on their tip toes! My mind was racing as to what "adventures" were waiting for us. Nxai Pan National Park lies just north of the Maun-Nata main road and adjoins the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on the northern ... read more
Poster boy
Male Ostrich
Female Ostrich

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