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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park October 25th 2021

I have to admit, we may not jump continents every quarter anymore, but I'm still solid late with my blogging. Travel is a state of mind...and when it's not easy to cross oceans, you always have some cool places to visit closer to home. I was fortunate enough to visit Victoria Falls area close to ten years ago...but Tanya hasn't done it yet. Last time, it was an in and out short trip mainly to the Falls. So today, the priority is actually about Chobe National Park in Botswana...a first for both of us! Covid means less flights in the region. British Airways is back to Victoria Falls from Joburg....but that's it. Airlink fly all over the place, but in small planes. The reality of it...once your expected flight on Airlink is slightly full...the price of ... read more
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Hyppos grazing everywhere...

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park September 26th 2019

Breakfast with a view this morning - of the sunrise!! Am a little bit over these early mornings 😖. Left the hotel at 7am for about an hours drive to the Zimbabwe border. Everybody off the bus, through passport control (a little faster than the airport), then back on the bus, drive a little way, everybody off the bus again, through passport control to enter Botswana, then back on the bus headed for Chobe Marina Lodge where we transferred to 4WD vehicles for a morning game drive through Chobe National Park. We were not too hopeful of seeing many animals, it was very windy today and apparently that makes them stay sheltered. But did come across a few. Firstly a herd of female kudu, who decided to cross the road in front of the jeep. Lots ... read more
Jeep in Chobe
View of Chobe river
Kudu crossing!

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve September 3rd 2019

Zurück in Maun verbringen wir eine Nacht im Crocodile Safari Camp. Nach der einen Nacht in festen Mauern wurden wir von Mob, Mike und MD (Emdy) abgeholt. Nach mehreren Stunden über Sandpisten erreichten wir unsere Campingsite bei Xakanaxa im Moremi Game Reserve. Nach zwei Tagen wechselten wir die Campingsite in die Nähe vom Dorf Khwai. Auf unseren Ausflügen war Mod nicht nur unser Guide und Fahrer, wir lernten auch viel von ihm und wurden gut von ihm unterhalten. Unser Igluzelt war komfortabel gross und hatte direkt anschliessend auch eine Toilette und Dusche. Jeweils am Abend machte MD uns eine Dusche bereit. Das Essen von Mike und MD war sehr abwechslungsreich und immer ausgezeichnet. Wir staunten immer wieder, wie Mike mit einer einfachen Feuerstelle im Freien beste Gerichte, Wähen, Brote und Desserts herzauberte. Um 5.30 wurden wir ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 2nd 2019

Nach einer ersten Nacht in Johannesburg gings am Morgen früh wieder zum Flughafen und dann Richtung Maun in Botswana. In Maun wartete Marshall mit seiner Cessna auf uns. Auf dem Privatflug konnten wir erste Blicke auf das sehr trockene Okavangodelta werfen. Das Flugfeld „Delta“ liegt unmittelbar neben Oddballs Camp. Gleich bei unserer Ankunft bot sich ein Anblick der National Geographics TV in den Schatten stellt. Das Camp ist sehr einfach. Zelte auf erhöhten Plattformen mit dem Badezimmer unter freiem Himmel, die Dusche wird durch einen Eimer mit Schlauch und Brause versorgt, dieser muss selbst befüllt und hochgezogen werden. Geweckt wurden alle Gäste um 6.30 Uhr. Mit Congo, unserem persönlichen Guide unternahmen wir nun jeden Tag zwei Ausflüge. Jeweils um 7.00 Uhr gings los und für einige Stunden zu Fuss und zum Teil im Einbaum „Mokoro“ durch ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Kasane August 28th 2019

Sad to say it's our last day in Kasane, travelling to Namibia tomorrow morning for the next leg of the adventure, but what a last day it was. We headed into the reserve at around 8 hving heard so much about it but not knowlking what to really expect. Got to the gate and sorted the day permits out and got ready to go in and noticed all these people letting their tyres down. Normal behaviour when driving in sand but why would they do it here I thought, we'd find out later. The first 10km was pretty uneventful with a few sightings of Impala, some beautiful brds and a few Baboons. Once we got to the river trail though it all changed. Rafts of Bufallo all over the river banks, Impala and Water Buck everywhere. ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Kasane August 26th 2019

Day 3 started with a cheekly little lie in until 5. Away from Palapye by 5:45 and heading north again, this time to our final destination in Botswana, Kasane. Leaving early gave us an opportunity to see another amazing sunrise and within a couple of hours we were tucking into a Wimpy breakfast in Francistown. After Francistown the landscape became more and more African with endless grassy savanahs either side, absolutely stunning. The traffic was extremely light with the majority of other traffic being intermittent lorries heading south presumably back to Gaberone and South Africa. Reaching Nata after about 4 hours we stopped for fuel and a wee in probably the least disirable toilets you've ever seen, fortunately though Reet had bought wet wipes, a flannel and soap. After Nata the A3 trurns west and we ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park June 17th 2019

Here we go again, after a few days off the real early morning wake up, coffee and game drive and it doesn’t get any easier in pursuit of the elusive lion. We have decided too to take advantage of another potential 3 game drives if we don’t see a lion before. This thing is not going to beat us despite saying ‘nature is what it is’. Hot coffee does get you ready for driving around looking for animals and it does fortify the body against the considerable chill factor at 6am in the morning even if the guide drives the vehicle at a sedate 40kph up to the park entrance. This morning our guide was Phuti and he had a trainee called West who sat alongside us in the front tier of seats. Alongside Phuti was ... read more
Baboons and mongoose co habitating
Banded mongoose
Pod or raft of hippos

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park June 15th 2019

We did get a shadowy glimpse at dusk yesterday of a lioness and then she was gone. No photo and no video. We just have to do the morning drive this morning and then this afternoon if we are unlucky this morning. So here it is again,5.15am and we get ourselves dressed for the wind chill factor that you can’t avoid in the open sided Toyota land cruiser whistling along at 40kph towards the park entrance. This morning our guide is Odey and in the front passenger seat is a young woman from the capital Gaborone who is studying tourism hospitality. Our fellow passengers are a couple of Aussies from Wollongong who we met yesterday and found them to be enjoyable company. Sometimes one of the things you miss when there is just the two of ... read more
Mother and teenager hippo
Marouba stalk
Buffalos in the long grass

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park June 13th 2019

oday was going to be an easy day for us. All we had to do was meet our transport to Kasane, Botswana at the front entrance to our Victoria Falls hotel and we would be whisked away. Well that part turned out fine; it was what happened after we reached the Cresta Mwana Hotel, Kasane that meant this was another day on the go for us. We had time to spare before the pickup and so decided to take a stroll downtown for some window shopping which might turn into some big time shopping if we find what we are looking for and the price is right. In the 4 or 5 times we have walked to and from the hotel to the township and vice versa, some 400 metres, we have always been offered a ... read more
Open window over part of the sidewalk,Victoria Falls.A hazard !
Baboons downtown Victoria Falls
All drain maintenance is done by hand in Zimbabwe

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta October 12th 2018

"Africa gives you the knowledge that man is a small creature, amongst other creatures, in a large landscape." - Doris Lessing Leaving Notten’s Bush Camp was somewhat sad as we had a wonderful time and met some very nice people. But….as all travelers know, another adventure awaited, so we loaded up and headed for the local airport. We would put this to you dear readers…how many times have you taken a transport to the airport where you drove for about 30 minutes and did not ride on at least a gravel road? Well, this was the case for us as we were in an open Land Cruiser on bumpy trails headed for the friendly skies. It was if we were on another bush drive. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised at how nice and new ... read more
African eagles on the lookout
Flapping his ears to stay cool
Hippos coming up for air




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