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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

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun July 27th 2006

hello world! In answer to your questions, YES! I have seen LOADS of "wild animals!" - lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants, ostrich, guinea fowl, warthogs, wildebeasts, oryx, kudu, cheetahs, springbok - the list goes on! I will post pictures when I can! The net is slow here and there is a huge line behind me. We crossed the border from Namibia into Botswana yesterday - I walked across actually because the truck went ahead with most everyone else as I was still waiting at the counter to claim some sales tax back. Gifts for you? Perhaps. As Klay reminds me - "There's no price on a mother's/sistah's love." His other one goes - "Well how good of a friend is she?" hahahaha I then kick him because he is supposed to RESTRAIN me from spending money! haha ... read more

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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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