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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun June 13th 2017

Botswana! What a country, not just in terms of it's beautiful landscapes and incredible flora and fauna, but for the memories this gorgeous little country gave us! Botswana isn't a country I had ever really considered and I have no idea why. Home to Chobe National Park, the Okavangko Delta, the Kalahari desert and a haven for wildlife- having the highest population of elephants on the planet, it is no wonder that Botswana was named one of New York Times places to visit in 2017! We arrived pretty quickly into our lodgings just outside Chobe national park, checked in and headed straight for the bar! A few tipples later and off we went for a sunset cruise on the Chobe river, which was possibly even more stunning than the Zambezi river cruise- we were blessed with ... read more
Okavangko Delta.
Okavangko Delta.
Okavangko Delta.

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun November 18th 2015

I met a fella who had a simple moniker to remember his name. He pointed to his toe and then to his knee. Tony. And his surname was the most famous person from his home country of South Africa. Not Mandela, but his first name-Nelson. Now that I could easily remember Tony Nelson, quick went the beers and fast were the stories. A real fun guy to hang around he was the operations director for a safari company called Karibu Safaris which had recently seen the seasonal shift in tourists coming to the delta and more specifically Moremi which is a national park or something. Out of nowhere and what I thought was maybe a non-sober overpromise he offered to take me to his bush camp to see how it all worked. Fo free! I jumped ... read more
tents on decks
home for the eve
feet dangling off the platform

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun November 15th 2015

After a couple of nights relaxing at the hostel in Windhoek I was on the move again bright and early Sunday morning. I had a bus to catch at 6am which meant I needed to be at the bus station about 5:15-5:30 which meant that I needed to catch a cab at 5 which meant I needed to get up at 4:30 to pack all my things….Also, I asked the reception to find me a ride and their “guy” charged 5 times as much as any ride in town should cost. So it was up to me to find my own ride. I kind of forgot it was a Sunday which meant that the regular work traffic was not in effect. Crap. Buuuuut I managed to find a lift quite quickly and found out that the ... read more
i camped on one side of the river
and had fun on the other
my bar tab.....lol

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun June 10th 2014

27 mai 2014 : Lever à 7h15, douche puis petit déjeuner à 8h00. A 9h00, nous partons pour O.R. Tambo Airport à Johannesburg. Le vol pour Maun est prévu à 11h40. L'embarquement a lieu à 11h00. Surprise en arrivant au pied de l'avion, c'est un ATR72, un petit bimoteur à hélices. Une collation est servie à bord, du poulet aux œufs et comme dessert trois fruits secs. Mais c'est quand même bon. Pour le moment, tout se passe bien, à part les compartiments pour les bagages cabines qui sont trop petits. Nous arrivons à Maun à l'heure. Eddy, le chauffeur de Bushways nous attend et nous conseille de changer un peu d'argent à l'aéroport pour acheter de l'eau minérale. La monnaie locale est le pula, divisé en 100 thèbes pour un pula. 1$=8P, 1€=10P environ. Eddy ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun May 3rd 2014

Maun is the focal point for all tourists in Botswana as it is closely located to the Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe game reserves. Unfortunately, our stay was marred by some appalling customer service at Audi Camp so we left after only 2 nights. To cut a long story short, I was refused a blanket which I required due to the freezing temperatures as they assumed I would steal it. Despite trying to suggest that I leave a deposit or my passport with them, they still refused to provide anything. In hindsight, I wish I had taken my business elsewhere and perhaps that is something I have learnt from that experience. All in all, very poor from Audi Camp and I have since reviewed them on tripadvisor and also sent an email to their management. Moving ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun April 29th 2014

This morning breakfast was at 5:00am so we woke up at 4:30am to pack up our tents (by flashlight. slightly challenging). It is an 8-9 hour drive to Maun and we want to get there in daylight to set up camp. We saw a beautiful sunrise on our drive. The roads are endlessly bumpy (good thing we read online to pack sports bras. For real.) We stopped a couple hours into the drive for a pee break. Meaning find shrubbery you can squat behind. We had to disembark the bus at a random point along the road to sterilize our shoes again. Everntually, after many naps, we made it to Maun. We stopped in town for an hour before arriving at the campsite. We were instructed to each buy 5 liters of water to bring with ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun December 7th 2013

The usual group of “helpful” men surrounded us as we pulled up at the Zambian border post. I brushed off the offers of help, and scoffed at the threat that I would not be able to exchange Zambian Kwatcha once in Botswana. There was no reception on my phone to check the exchange rate, and I wasn't about to trust the money-changers' "best rate". The only thing was that they were right, once we got into Botswana I couldn't exchange my Kwatcha anywhere. In the end I rode back to the border from where we were staying, and aware of the irony of the situation started pestering a line of people leaving Botswana by offering a competitive rate for the exchange of Pula to Kwatcha... Before the realisation that I might be stuck with my Kwatcha, ... read more
Impressive lightning, less impressive photography
Dung Beetle
KTM and Elephant - a beautiful sight.

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun October 4th 2013

Back on the road again and back to Africa again, this time further south than previously. Another whistle-stop tour encompassing some of the highlights (to me at least) of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The main aim of this trip was to tick 3 things off my bucket list, swimming with Manta Rays (and hopefully whale sharks), going on safari to the Okavango Delta in Botswana and to go Cage Diving with Great White Sharks, the rest of the trip is a bit of an adventure getting between these places. I could have taken the easy route and caught flights, but the cost would have been extortionate ( there are very few bargain air routes in southern Africa) and it would be too easy, the other option would be to go on Overland Tour, but ... read more
In the mokoro
Mokoro
Zebra

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun March 9th 2013

After the night at Khama Rhino Sanctuary, we drove to Maun. In the town of Maun, we stocked up on food, snacks, and alcohol (though I did not pick up any alcohol due to the weather/heat). Right outside of town we camped at a hotel. The hotel was nice but I did not upgrade to a room, I remained faithful and tented it. Here we had internet connection, a pool (though not one I would swim in), and for the evening, we ate at the buffet.In the morning, we packed up our tents and supplies and headed about 40 minutes via 4WD vehicle to water. We basically drove to the Delta edge. Here we met Okavango Polers (Key, Judge, Morgan, Bryan, Candy, Nikole, there were a couple of others), we hopped into our dugout canoe (called ... read more
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Pan
Roaming Donkeys

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun August 30th 2012

Today we arrived in Maun, our home base for our trip into the Okavango Delta. Our first stop was in town to pick up the supplies for our trip into the Delta. Derek and I went to pick up a couple of bottles of Scotch, but the prices were actually really high. I guess it was because it is a tourist area. I decided to save money and have a "dry" couple of days. Once we were in the camp site, a lot of people headed off to do their scenic flight over the Delta. I used the time to kick back and relax by the pool, beer in hand. It was nice to just hang out for a while instead of worrying about getting somewhere. It was here that I found St. Louis Export, the ... read more
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