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Africa » Botswana » Ghanzi District » Ghanzi February 12th 2012

Today we saw our first ELEPHANT. In Ontario, we worry mostly about deer crossing the road while you are driving. (I know my Dad hit a cow in the Florida keys once....??????) Here in Africa,, the worries are a tad bigger! As we were driving along the road, there he was- our first elephant! There are no fences and the elephants roam free- actually- we did see one fence- which the elephant calmly stepped over....... There is nothing quite so intimidating as looking at an elephant close up- beside you or even beside your vehicle! They are BIG BIG BIG!!! This area of Botswana has the highest population of elephants in Africa- approximately 120,000. We stayed at a place called Elephant Sands- aptly named! This was another bush camp type resort, with the power shutting down ... read more
Swimming Croc
Moving Croc
The photographer

Africa » Botswana » Ghanzi District » Ghanzi February 8th 2012

Just so you check, this blog site is having technical difficulties with sending out email notifications of new entries. So you might want to check previous entries, in case there is one there that you missed hearing about! Our next adventure is a nights camping in the Okavango Delta. The tour we are on features three highlights- The Dunes, the Delta and Victoria Falls. The Delta is “ a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over 17,000 sq km and it is the largest inland delta in the world. Travel to the campsite is by local boats- called Mokoros. These boats are much like canoes, with a local guide- called a “poler”, as they use poles to push the mokoros through the shallow water. The trip takes about 1 ½ hours. ... read more
Mass confusion
The polers organizing themselves.
Yippee!  No squatting required!

Africa » Botswana » Kgatleng February 6th 2012

On the road again for our typical 450 km drive ,taking about 5 hrs to Windhoek the largest City in Namibia. Eight hundred thousand people. We treated ourselves by going to the Movie theater at the mall across the road from our Hotel. Very different customs here for the movie theatre. People talked all the time, without anyone asking them not to, and cell phones were used randomly throughout. Weird! The next day we crossed the border into Botswana, through the Kalahari desert and it was back to the wilds. Numerous times, the bus had to slow down for cows in the road. Botswana is the largest beef producer for Europe. Some farms have as many as 500,000 head of cattle! Sure wouldn't want to be walking through those fields........ That night, we stayed in San/Bushman ... read more
Crossing the Border into Botswana
Flat Botswana
Cows on the road

Africa » Botswana February 6th 2012

Ok, so it was actually on the Ntwetwe Pan (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nwetwe_Pan), not quite like a desert sandstorm and was shortly quashed by a driving rainstorm but . . . you get the picture (if not see pics below). We last left our intrepid travellers relaxing in Lusaka and taking in the local sights. Wednesday (25 January 2012) we boarded a comfy coach bus for the trip to the home of Victoria Falls, Livingstone and arrived 6 and a half hours later in the mid afternoon at our backpackers hostel, a local institution named Jollyboys. But this stop was a quick one. Immediately the next morning (26 January 2012) we were picked up for our 7 day camping tour of Botswana. Here we met our amiable and good humoured travelling companion Lucas from Switzerland. The three of ... read more
Impalas In Chobe National Park
Chobe Elephant 1
Chobe Elephant 2

Africa » Botswana February 3rd 2012

I will let Barbe tell you about the things we saw and did in Botswana this past week (January 26 - February 1, 2012). I want to focus on how we got there and back (to Livingstone, Zambia), as well as our most interesting accommodations so far. We booked a week long sojourn with Acacia Tours back in Canada (although a British company), and their driver picked us up at the hostel where we were staying. This driver lives immediately across the border (across "the falls", really) in Zimbabwe, and he drove us to the ferry which gets you across the border into Botswana from Zambia. He explained that there are 2 ferries, the one run by Zambians and of somewhat doubtful quality (but more popular with the locals because cheaper) and the one run by ... read more
Chobe River Ferry 2
Ferrying Across The Chobe River
Our Botswana Wheels

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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta December 31st 2011

In Botswana erstreckt sich die Landschaft schier endlos zu allen Seiten. Hügel oder gar Berge sieht man so gut wie nicht. Buschland so weit das Auge reicht, Straßen die kilometerlang geradeaus führen und alle paar Stunden mal eine kleine Stadt. Manch einer würde sagen, wie langweilig das sein muss. Aber ich kann das nicht behaupten. An den Straßenrändern steht Vieh, wie Ziegen, Esel, Kühe und Pferde. Ab und zu laufen Menschen über die Straße oder ein Buschtaxi, bestehend aus einer Karre die von Eseln gezogen wird, karrt kreuz und quer vor einem her. Es gibt viel zu sehen. Man muss nur aufmerksam schauen. Die Reise führt direkt in das Okavango-Delta. Auf dem Weg dorthin werden die Straßen immer schlechter: Aus einer Dreckstraße wird eine Dreckstraße mit großen Löchern und daraus wird dann eine Dreckstraße mit großen ... read more
Impala
Schildkröte
Büffel

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta December 18th 2011

We are adding an entry for the Okavango Delta because of all of the great photos that Chuck was able to take there. The guides referred to his huge telephoto lens as the "bazooka lens" and it lived up to its name with some great shots. Please make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page to access all of the photos! It will say "there are more photos at the bottom of this page" but it's not very obvious and you have to go past the ads. I am also annoyed to notice that some of the captions got mixed up. The joys of blogging....... read more
Crazy ears!
Two female wild dogs playing
Beautiful huge male lion

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta December 13th 2011

We arranged our Delta tour through a group called Tribes Travel in the UK. We happened upon them online and they have been tremendously helpful at setting up our trip albeit a little expensive. Our trip (and budget) allowed for a total of 8 nights and abour 9 days and two countries. We flew into Livingstone, Zambia which along with Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe are the towns that border the mighty Victoria Falls. In the wet season at the peak of high water the falls become a 1.3km continuous sheet of water, the longest in the world. November is the dry season which means the animals are clustered around water and easier to see however it also means that the falls are not very impressive. We have pictures from our microlight flight on a CD but ... read more
Rachel is apprehensive, Chuck is having a blast!
Getting a bit wet....
Taking a break to drift in the current outside the boat

Africa » Botswana November 21st 2011

slighlty disjointed with the photos so apologies for that. We have just got back from a few days on the Okavango Delta after coming here from Vic Falls. Zimbabwe has got to be my favourite place so far with Bird park antelope park and the falls. Truly awesome. I think the highlight has to be seeing the full grown lions feeding and then hunting with the 2 year olds later in the night. Barely time to catch breath after 2 days floating round the swamps on the Mokoro canoes. Hippos are a little less huggable when they are at eye height 30m away. Off to do another bush camp tomorrow as we head for the Namibian border and then we head to Etosha national park to see more game. Then on to the Atlantic. Struggling a ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park November 14th 2011

Botswana has 1.8 million people, a diamond mine, the Kalahari Desert, and 270,000 elephants in Chobe National Park alone. To have a look at the National Park we spent three days at Muchenje Safari Lodge. Getting there from Victoria Falls involved an hour drive to the Zimbabwe-Botswana border, queuing in two hot and stale-smelling immigration offices, then a short ride in the back of a safari vehicle to Kasane and from there another hour along the highway through the park to our lodge. The lodge is quite nice but certainly isn’t the height of luxury, and the lack of air conditioning was a bit of a drawback when the temperatures got up to 38 or 40 in the days we were there. Unlike our previous safari experience it is also outside the National Park boundary, so ... read more
Chobe sunset
Croc head
School visit




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