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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta April 9th 2010

Hey all! Back again for the semi-shortened version of our safari in Botswana. I marked it as the Okavango Delta but we actually began in Kasane, our first night of camping in Savuti, then headed into Moremi which is kind of the tip of the Delta. From there we headed back into Savuti and then last two nights in Chobe. Nonetheless, this was an amazing experience despite totally roughing it in the bush. A maximum of 2 showers in six days, layers upon layers of insect repellent and sunscreen. A lot of beans and toast along with sandwiches galore - avoid the palony. :) But thru it all, my friends and I had a blast and dealt with all the uncertainties really well. We left our hostel in the morning and took a van over to ... read more
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First elephant
Giraffe!

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta March 17th 2010

6 Mar to 13 Mar Another for the Comeback List The original deal with this trip was that we travel until Patricia said stop. Then we would go back to Australia, make a final decision about where we will live for a while and build a house - perhaps. We have been travelling slowly, or trying to, and we have been covering most of the things that we agree we want to see and experience, but not all. So, the 'Comeback List' is developing. There are a few items on it already - walking the Milford Sound and a couple of other Kiwi tracks, walking Cradle Mountain in Tas, Burma (when Ang Saung Suu Kyi says it is OK to do so), Sri Lanka (when the Tamil thing is well over), Pakistan, Afghanistan (when the current ... read more
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Wildlifein the Okavango Delta
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta February 16th 2010

Botswana - The Okavango Delta Saturday 12th February After our adventures in crossing the border from Namibia we eventually arrive at our base in Botswana, the Delta Rain campsite near Maun on Saturday afternoon. We've stopped off in Maunfor supplies, to change money and to try and use the internet before arriving at our campsite in the late afternoon. Botswana has a record of stability since independence. This, together with its natural recourses of diamonds and minerals, have given the population one of the highest standards of living in Africa. Surprisingly it also has the second highest HIV infection rate in the world with nearly 40% of the adult population infected. This has reduced life expectancy from 65 years to less than 40. At all the border crossings in Southern Africa and at som... read more
Seven, Our "Poler"
Inside The Okavango Delta
Travelling Through The Delta By Makoro

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta January 14th 2010

Vumbura Plains. There are not words for how amazing of an experience we had at Vumbura Plains. In Kalahari, it was about the hunt. However, in the Delta, its about how close you can get to the animals. How close can I get until I can count every spot on a cheetah? We got off of our bush plain and met ST, our guide. He immediately told us we would be getting up close and personal with the animals. And we did. We got so close to elephants that I could have reached out and touched them. After that, we were in persuit of a leopard, whom we eventually found and followed for a while. it was the closest I thought that we could ever get to a leopard. To any animal, in fact. And then, ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta December 21st 2009

The adage, ‘there is no place like home’ could not have been more apt than after almost a year and half overseas but what would be an even more apt expression for my return would be ‘there is no place like Africa!’ A long flight home, a brief stopover in Jo’burg to see some of my lovely family and it was once again back to ORT to catch my last flight, for a while, to the land of more family, food and lots and lots of R & R! My excitement was truly too much too contain. I landed in Maun just after lunch time on the 22nd of December just in time for Christmas and I was expecting to be picked up and ushered, by a random, onto a Cessna on rout to see mom ... read more
Air Botswana
Welcome to Maun
Welcome to Maun

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta November 9th 2009

Written: Monday November 9th, 2009 at 10:00pm I paid a visit to the local crocodile farm the other day which is a few kilometres away from Shakawe and home to 9000 crocodiles including a massive one named Sam. The purpose of the farm is to breed crocodiles and release them into the wild, for tourism purposes and to produce crocodile leather which is then exported. I went there just to check it out but then I went back a second time for a different reason and found out that someone had left the door open to one of the areas where the baby crocs were being kept. 200 baby crocodiles ended up escaping (not from the property though) and collecting them was quite a hilarious scene. I have also seen a lot of wildlife in the ... read more
Baby Crocodiles (pre-escape)
Giant Beetle
Some local kids in a mokoro

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta October 30th 2009

After Leaving the natural wonder of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, we headed west into Botswana where the highlights were camping out in Chobe National Park and then two nights in the Okavango Delta. More animals and natural beauty abounds in this small country. Only about 1.6 million people; there seems to be more wildlife than humans. Chobe is a large national park that is famous for its large elephant herds. Whether it was driving through in 4x4s or floating down the Chober River, you quickly understand why. Huge elephants everywhere. The Delta is the largest inland delta in the world. After driving for 2 hrs in the back of a big 3 ton truck we were transported another 1 hr further in the delta on Mokoros, which are dug out canoes that are propelled by a ... read more
Wild Dog, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Elephant Baracade, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Our camp while overnighting in Chobe

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta October 21st 2009

27/09 - 2/10 I must confess that my main reason for wanting to visit Botswana was because of a beautiful photo I had seen in a guide book of a Mokoru boatsman poling a dug out canoe through the Okavanga Delta. Other than that, I'm ashamed to say how little I knew about the culture and history of the country (ok....and also the precise location...yikes). Anyway, I guess this is what travelling is all about - putting something tangible to a name and fleshing out a point on the map with faces and colours and sounds. We had found Zambia markedly different from Tanzania in terms of safety and approachability of the people but the difference crossing into Botswana was even more dramatic. We immediately got the sense of a country that's very comfortable and ... read more
The Old Bridge Backpackers
setting up camp on Chief
Hanging out with Life

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta October 6th 2009

Up the creek without a paddle Where yesterday was all about land with a little water, today was all about water with a little land. Power boat for 3/4 hour to reach a local village in the Okavango Delta followed by 2 hours of mokoro (dug-out canoe) through reeds of the delta powered by a 6 metre pole manned by a local mokoro poler. At one point on the way, we broke out into a deep channel and Kayla asked our poler if hippos were around. He said yes, but mostly in the evenings. We could clearly see the sandy bottom of the channel where hippo feet had trod many times, which was just a bit disconcerting since we have heard horror stories of careless mokoro polers endangering the lives of their passengers by approaching a ... read more
Thamalakane River
Baby croc basking in the sun
Croc in the water

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 27th 2009

Sept 21-26 Arrived in Maun and booked a last minute trip to the Delta, for the next day. The Okavango Delta is the world largest inland delta, and one of the few delta’s in the world that does not drain into the ocean, instead all the water from the Kavango river floods a huge area of Botswana and slowly drains into the Kalahari sand. We got a great last minute deal to one of the best camps in the delta called the Kwara camp for three nights, very excited as we will have a bed and its all inclusive so free beers and no cooking on the camp fire!!! Maun airport is the smallest airport I have ever been to, we arrived and were met by the pilot who took us through security (if you can ... read more
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