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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 » 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

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

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 » 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

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park April 28th 2014

Today we are off to Chobe National Park in Botswana. We had a 7:00am breakfast and we are expected to have our tents and bags packed before breakfast. We woke up at 5:45am so we could hopefully shower. Luckily the water supply had replenished. After a quick breakfast of bland cereal and untoasted bread we were off to Chobe. It was a short drive from Vic Falls but we had to cross the Zimbabwe/Botswana border. It was simple enough. However we did have to take all of our shoes off the of the truck and walk them over a disinfectant mat which is supposed to protect from foot and mouth disease. Shortly after we arrived at our campsite. We quickly set up camp, made sandwiches and set off for Chobe National Park. Chobe has the highest ... read more
bath time
elephant love!

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 January 28th 2014

First some photos the story will folow soon.... read more

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