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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta August 13th 2014

Geo: -19.0933, 22.4451A few days ago, our boss/lodge owner Jan offered us a trip to the Okavango Delta in the neighbouring country of Botswana. He was going there for a two night business trip and there was space in his plane – should we be interested. Paul and I were very interested in going to the Delta, especially as he was only going to have us pay the airport taxes, so a very cheap trip for us. This was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, although I was a bit sceptical of flying in such a small plane! I had seen his plane fly over the lodge plenty of times and everyone who had been for a flight with him did say that it was an amazing experience. So Paul and I accepted ... read more
02 Above the City
03 Paul
04 Edge of the City

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta June 13th 2014

There were elephants in camp when we arrived. We didn’t need Sherlock Holmes to reach this conclusion. A small family group were playing in the water between cottages one and two as our boat buzzed round the corner towards the pier. Later, as Tess was showing us to our own cottages at the opposite end of the camp, the path was littered with wrinkled-plate prints of varying sizes and the air was redolent of the unmistakable aroma of fresh elephant defecation. The youngsters had clearly had a blast: most of the path’s night-light fittings were askew, and the occasional flex pulled free of its Delta-sand moorings. Tess shrugged resignedly: this was nothing new. Keith was making his annual pilgrimage to Africa to check up on his PhD students and renew acquaintances in pursuit of further research ... read more
You lookin' at me?
paradise on the water

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta June 10th 2014

28 mai 2014 : Lever à 06h00, douche puis petit déjeuner. Notre 4X4 nous attend avec nos guides, notre cuisinier et trois autres personnes qui vont partager notre voyage, un couple de Français (Claude 80 ans et sa femme Marcelle 68 ans) ainsi qu'un Allemand (Karsten 44 ans). Nous quittons le lodge à 07h45 et il fait frais dans cette voiture ouverte à tous les vents. A 08h45 nous traversons la petite cité de Toteng, puis à la sortie de Toteng nous passons au-dessus de la rivière Kuyéré. A 09h15 nous traversons la ville de Sehitwa. A la sortie de la ville, un panneau nous annonce que la prochaine station-service, Shell, est à 144 kilomètres. Nous avions du mal à nous connecter sur internet, et là, nous nous rendons compte que nous allons être coupés du ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta June 10th 2014

29 mai 2014 : Lever à 06h45. Après le petit déjeuner, nous partons en mokoro pour une île plus grande que celle où nous campons et où il y a théoriquement des éléphants et des hippopotames et où nous devrons marcher pendant deux heures. Socorro a été tellement terrifiée par notre transfert en mokoro qu'elle reste au camp avec Papi, notre cuisinier. Nous voyons des oiseaux et leurs nids dans les arbres et des traces de pas d’éléphants et d'hippopotames, mais pas les animaux eux-mêmes. Oddi, un de nos guides nous explique qu'un éléphant digère 40% de ce qu'il mange et qu'on retrouve dans ses excréments des fibres qui, une fois séchées peuvent être brûlées et servent de protection contre les moustiques. Il y a aussi des graines des fruits qu'ils ont mangés et qui, au ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta June 10th 2014

30 mai 2014 : Lever à O6h00. Nous vidons les tentes et les démontons, puis nous prenons le petit déjeuner. A 07h00, nous sommes prêts à partir. Nous quittons Mokoro Island à 07h30 et arrivons à Nguma Island Lodge à 09h30 après une heure en mokoro et une heure en bateau à moteur. A certains endroits il y a une profondeur de 15 mètres d'eau. Nous en profitons pour recharger les batteries des appareils photos et caméras. Nous prenons notre repas froid préparé par Papi et nous attendons 16h00 pour prendre l'avion qui nous pemettra de survoler le delta. Il nous faudra une heure pour rejoindre Maun. Nos guides et notre cuisinier sont repartis à 10h00 avec le 4X4, ils ont cinq heures de route. En attendant l'avion, nous tournons un peu en rond. C'est une ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta May 2nd 2014

The delta was INCREDIBLE! I was very fearful of this part of the trip. I had read some horror stories online about hippo attacks and even one documented crocodile attack. But those are the 1 in 1,000,000 occurrences. (We can NOT live in fear!) The delta was sublime. From camp we boarded a speedboat, with our day packs, water, tents, and sleeping bags, for an hours ride to the mokoro point. Here we met the polers and loaded all our gear into the mokoros. It was a scorching hot hour and a half ride to our campsite but it was so beautiful and peaceful swooshing through the reeds and waterlilies. When we made it to camp we set up our tents and ate a pasta lunch. Because of the intense heat the day time is mostly ... read more
mokoros in the delta
sunset in the delta

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta April 1st 2014

Monday March 24 Up again to greet a new day and head to the city of Maun, Botswana. We arrived at Maun about 2 pm and we had to prepare for our trip into the Okavango Delta. A river delta usually leads to the open sea right???? But in Botswana the Okavango River empties onto open land and floods the savannah. 18,000 acres of this swamp land!!! that is unique to this area in the world ONLY!!! Preparing for the 2 days in the Delta meant we each needed to buy 5 liters of water, choose carefully the ONE set of extra clothes we needed and prepare ourselves for extreme "out in the wilderness" camping. No power, no showers and no toilet. So...... prepare meant physically as well as mentally wrapping our heads around this unique ... read more
Mokoro riding
The path through the reeds
our fancy bathroom your aim...

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta March 7th 2014

This place is special... frightening, humbling, magnificently beautiful... the Okavango On March 1st, we arrived in Maun, the access point for excursions into the Okavango Delta, a maze of waterways and islands in northwest Botswana. This area, along with other parts of Botswana, is home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa. Joining us for this stop were Daniel and Gustav, two of my classmates who themselves are stationed in Mozambique for their thesis work. The primary goal for this leg of our journey would be a mokoro camping safari. The mokoros are small hollowed out canoes, controlled by a poler who stands at the back of the boat and uses a long wooden pole to navigate the boat through the winding, reed-filled delta, primarily using narrow channels in the reeds ... read more
This group of young elephants came down for a drink and we watched them for quite a while from just a few feet away in our small boat
A mokoro point of view
There were 17 in this tower

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta March 31st 2013

Geo: -19.0933, 22.4451The next few entries in our blog will be about our G Adventure overland trip. This one, the first of three or four entries, sees us travel by air from Arusha, Tanzania through Kigali and Johannesburg to Livingstone where Victoria Falls sits on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. After a day in Livingstone, we continued our 21-day-trip-in-a-truck and journeyed to Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.In order to reduce the cost of our flight from Arusha to Livingstone, which should have been about a 3 hour flight, we flew for 18 hours through the night including two 5-hour stopovers. Upon arrival, we were as exhausted as our new travel-mates who had come from other continents! Our tour began with a preliminary gathering, meeting our fearless leader Wendy ... read more
Lilac Breasted Roller
Meeting an elder Kalahari bushman
Sun shower in the Zambian jungle

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta November 13th 2012

We arrived in Botswana and I smugly watched everyone else join the long line at the ATM or bureau to purchase Pula’s, I had already purchased local currency in Brussels a few months prior. I am so clever, so prepared. As I sauntered past I collected a few items from the store and handed over my cash, ‘No’. Ahhhh… excuse me? I was rather taken back by this rude cashier. She waved my money in my face ‘no, dez ez old Botswana Pula, you need’a new Botswana Pula, see?’ she showed me the new note, slightly smaller in size with a different face smiling back at me. Foolishly arguing with the cashier I told her that she must be mistaken, of course the tourist knew the correct money, this local woman must be was wrong….. It ... read more
Tunnel of reeds

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