Blogs from North-East, Botswana, Africa - page 2


Africa » Botswana » North-East July 28th 2017

We crossed the border from Zambia at Kazungula, which was fairly straightforward but required a short ferry across the Zambezi. A bridge is in the process of being built but the projected finish date seemed a tad optimistic. We found a cab on the other side- 10 minutes to Kasane, where we based ourselves for visiting Chobe National Park. The town itself isn't terribly interesting, other than the warthogs roaming the streets, nibbling on ample trash. Be sure to exchange all Kwacha (Zambian money) at the border, since there is nowhere in Kasane to do it. We tried the banks and bureaus, but eventually I had to just ask around to find someone who knew a Zambian and exchanged with her at a terrible rate. We stayed at Plateau Guest House (pronounce it plat-oo or no ... read more
Fighting Elephants
Warhogs of Kasane

Africa » Botswana » North-East May 23rd 2017

Crossing into Botswana the typical long straight African roads continued. Despite entering the Kalahari Desert the landscape was much greener and supports a thriving beef industry. All along the Botswanan roads lined many cattle, horses, donkeys and goats - all of which have right of way when it comes to crossing the road!! Botswana is a rich country on the African continent due to its natural resources. It gained independence from England in 1976 and the following year it discovered diamonds. Today the Government have contracted De Beers to mine these. Botswana also has uranium resources and is also an important income stream for this country. A country that has the Zebra as its national animal to represent the harmony between black and white. Experiencing the survival skills of the San / Bushmen gave an insight ... read more
The locals navigating the mokoros
Hippos in the "Hippo Pool" in the Okavango Delta
Close up of the Hippo

Africa » Botswana » North-East February 10th 2016

Near Grootfontein is were we met our first San Bushman in nothing but a leather G-string. We followed him into his village were we met the most extordinary group of semi naked people with their clicks for words. These people were traditionally nomads and travelled year round to where they could find food. They could find water in most unusual places and would have the upmost curtesy for their fellow bushmen by only drinking enough to survive and not enough to empty the scarce resources by quenching their thirst. They would also leave straws in the trees for the next bushman to drink. The bushmen would find the most amazing roots at the end of a potato looking plant to drink and wash themselves with it. They wouldn’t eat the whole root but replace it back ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-East November 25th 2015

Rest of Botswana Monday morning we go on an early safari to see a baobab tree which is about 1000 years old; they are difficult to date as they don't have rings of age in them. It has a huge trunk, and a wide spread of branches similar to an oak tree. As it's rained a little already the leaves are pretty green and there are some pale yellow flowers. The roots twine out of the ground, gnarled and twisted, pulling white rock up with them. It looks like the sort of tree that would have supernatural stories told about it, and would be inhabited by spirits that must be appeased. Folk tales tell how a disgruntled hyena, (isn't he always) planted the baobab upside down, as the branches do look like roots. The bark regenerates ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-East September 18th 2015

Livingstone - Kasane/Botswana Ein kurzer Fahrtag, zuerst durch einen NationalPark mit einem malerischen (echten) Elefanten am Straßenrand. Dann ein etwas chaotischer Grenzübergang nach Botswana. Wir mussten road tax zahlen, was ja ok ist, aber es sollte halt auch jemand da sein., dem man das zahlen kann. Die Lodge direkt am Chome River. 15.30 Bootsfahrt in den Chome Nationalpark. Elefanten, Krokodile, Affen, Giraffen, Nilpferde etc. Ein sehr gemütlicher Nachmittag, man sitzt einfach im Boot, das Viehzeug wird angefahren, Foto machen und weiter.... read more
Auf der Fähre
Wo ist die Bremse?

Africa » Botswana » North-East » Francistown May 4th 2014

The next two days were full driving days as we made our way toward Kruger National Park in South Africa. Saturday we woke up early, packed up camp, and hit the road. I am easily carsick so I basically just listen to music and nap most of the time. I attempted to continue teaching friendship bracelets but that quickly made me feel nauseous. Ourcampsite this night felt like Santa Fe. Red dirt and cacti everywhere. There were outdoor bathrooms and showers. It was a nice enough campsite but hot. The pool was not so great so we posted up in the bar. Dinner was some kind of beef stew with veggies and rice. Since we were mostly hungover today we were somehow still tired. After dinner we snuggled up in our tent and watch an episode ... read more
the truck
Blyde River Resort campsite
Blyde River Resort campsite bathrooms

Africa » Botswana » North-East March 30th 2014

Southern Sun Garden Court Tambo Hotel to Chobe River, Botswana--Sunday, March 30th Another early start with breakfast at 6:30 and our tour starting at 7:00. We were picked up in the same vans that brought us from the airport for the short drive to the River that is the border with Botswana. There was the usual line of trucks that wait at any border crossing. Here truckers wait longer as they can ferry across only one truck at a time. The river was so full that the ferry could not dock as it usually did so, you were to wade in the water to get to the ferry. We watched a group ahead of us do this, then someone realized that the van could drive in the water down the concrete ramp to get close enough ... read more
1403-626 Crossing the Zambezi River into Botswana
1403-627 All of the trucks waiting for hours and perhaps days to cross
1403-628 One ferry coming from Botswana

Africa » Botswana » North-East » Francistown March 16th 2012

Landlocked Botswana offers extremes in environment and diversity of landscape, which is like nothing else in Africa. The size of this interesting country is roughly the same size as France, 70% of the diverse area is desert and the number of population just reaching two millions. After our crossing Zimbabwe/Botswana border we were dropped in middle of the desert at Chobe National Park with the wild animals around us. Just few hundred meters in front of us a self-confident elephant was crossing the sandy desert road, some odd noise in the savanna grassland made us nervous, few antelopes were hiding from the afternoon extreme heat etc. When we crossed the non touristic border it seemed that we got lost as we felt on our own. Now we understood why all the guide books and nice locals ... read more
Along the roads
Lack of water
Dry place

Africa » Botswana » North-East May 10th 2011

The Okavango Delta (or Okavango Swamp), in Botswana, is the world's largest inland delta. It is formed where the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in an endorheic basin in the Kalahari Desert, where most of the water is lost to evaporation and transpiration instead of draining into the sea. Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water irrigate the 15,000 km² area and some flood-waters drain into Lake Ngami. The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, spreads across the eastern side of the delta. The Okavango delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife which is now a popular tourist attraction. Species include African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Lechwe, Topi, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown Hyena, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black Rhinoceros, ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-East » Francistown November 1st 2010

The team have all gone thier separate ways. After all of our transport problems, the majority managed to return to Gaborone having paid over the odds for a combi arriving back in the Oasis motel at 11pm. Veronique flew home on Saturday to see her husband David before he flew off on business to Africa. Mike Stratford also flew out on Saturday, but he is spending some time in Zimbabwe coaching as well as taking in the sites at the Victoria Falls. The Reeves duo are staying behind in Botswana for another week, resting before travelling up north to Kasane and waving at Mike S from the Zambian side of the falls. As the Woodlands stopover is right off the beaten track, Veronika and I had debated whether to move to lodgings nearer the centre of ... read more
The currently dry river Tati
Clement, Sabi and family
Payment for donated crayons

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