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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Kasane August 25th 2012

After a interesting night in the bush in terms of animals, we were all up early because we had a long drive ahead of us. After a quick and simple breakfast, we packet up and left in the direction of Kasane. The road was extremely difficult due to the sand being so soft and deep but it was still an awesome experience with minimal problems except for the fact that we got stuck but we were on our way again in very little time. The parks here are extremely over priced but it is still good value for money in terms of animals to be seen.We had seen quite a large amount of animals like herds of Elephant, a few Giraffe and some lonely looking Kudu that all looked very desprate for water. We arrived at ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve August 24th 2012

Ok so after all this driving we needed a full days rest. This campsite we were at was magnificent, there are no fences between you and the animals, it's nature at it's most rarest state. So we all read, slept, ate and that's about it. The sunrise and sunset is amazing but everyone was so chilled. In the evening after supper we just sat, a hyena came into the campsite, badgers was there everything was so relaxed. So we all piled into bed and soon fast asleep. But the nite was yet over for us. We have no watches with us so we have no idea what the time is. But sometime during the nite we were visited by an elephant. The next thing I have Alex waking me up telling me to be quiet, and ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve August 23rd 2012

After a long and noisy night we were all up early and enjoyed the sunrise with a cup of coffee and a homemade crunchy. We packet up quickly and we where on our way in no time ready for the days events.The drive to our camp was not to bad but when it did get a little bumpy, the Land Rover powered through it with no problems at all. Upon arrival we were presented by an amazing view of the khwai river and all its resident which included hippos, open bill stalks, giraffe, a large herd of impala and elephant that happened to be wading through the river. We set up camp and enjoyed a bottle of Meerlust Merlot and ate while the sun went down. But the night wasn't over just yet, as we watched ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun August 22nd 2012

After a very noisy night in the town of Maun we were up early. We decided to spend the day catching up on laundry and just relaxing as well as replenishing food stocks. We had a scrumptious breakfast and decided to see what Maun had to offer. The plan was to do a scenic flight over the Okavango delta later that afternoon. Once we finished stocking up we went to Wimpy for a bite to eat and to use their free Wi-fi. At 3.30 was when our flight was booked for. We arrive and paid and are hustled through the airport, onto the taxi and to the plane, meet the pilot who seems to be a cool guy. The plane is small, 7 seats, but it's big in the right places. A few of us anxious ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun August 21st 2012

Kubu to Maun Kubu island was a amazing experience like the 360 degree view from the top of the island , the way you can see the curvature of the earth because it is so flat and best of all was the view from the toilet which was magnificent but unfortunately the campsites are too close together and the toilet is crap. The drive back to the main road was very long and dusty but it isn't just dust its "HOLY CRAP what did i do to deserve this" dust. Once we arrived found the main road the drive was calm and thankfully at 120KM/H unlike the 20KM/H on the dirt road. The main road was at least tarred but anybody that was driving behind could see nothing because of the huge dust trail that NASA ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park August 3rd 2012

July 28 and 29 we still in Chobe National park. First morning we headed out at 6 am for our first game drive, we were with Aussies whcih was very cool. we pretty much saw a different kind of wild animal roaming around every corner. we can see why chobe safari park is so popular! lots of giraff, buffaloo, hippo, water buck, baboon, sable, red letche, antelope, wart hog and even a lone honey badger. so cool being up so close. the animals were not at all concerned with us being there. booked a little boat drive so ella and i could get more game veiwing time in. we had jeff drive us up chobe river to get even more up close with the huge heards of elephants and buffalo. saw lots of baby elephants and ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park August 1st 2012

We left the Okovango on an 8 seater plane bound for Kasane, and then onto Chobe national park and the Chobe Safari Lodge on the 27th July. Flight was great with amazing views. When we got to Chobe Safari Lodge we were greeted by some very grumpy receptionists and we thought that this was just a one of thing, but we were wrong. We then went to the activities centre to organise our trips and they were even less interested in us!!! You cant complain about the service at Chobe Safari lodge because there isnt any!!!! The place is clean and tidy and the food is very good, but the service with a smile is non existent for most people we came into contact with. Our room was one of the little chalet type things that ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve August 1st 2012

Day 2, We headed out in the orning for our first game walk, to say we were nervous is an understatement!!!! We pulled the boat up to on Chiefs island, and got the talk on how to behave when you are walking out where wild animals are. The main thing to do is not RUN, or you are seen as food. Not a great time to find out whether you have the flight or fight instinct. I cant begin to explain the feelig you have as you start walking, everything looks like an animal waiting to eat you lol. We saw vultures so knew there was a kill around somwhere, which normally means lions. Oh yeah forgot to say they dont carry guns, but instead use flares to scare the animals off!!!! We saw hyena and ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park July 31st 2012

We left our backpackers place at 7:00 to drive to the Botswana border. It was about a 45 minute drive. After the Zambian exit visa, a short boat trip to cross the Chobe River and a Botswana entry visa, we had a 10 minute drive to the park entrance and breakfast. Botswana has over 120,000 Elephants and over half of them are in the Chobe NP. The morning was a launch trip on the Chobe River which is the border between Botswana and Namibia ... Namibia's Caprivi Strip to be precise. In fact, 4 countries meet pretty well at the same place - Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana. The Chobe River becomes the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls. The wildlife come right to the water and many are resident on the islands in the river, during ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve July 30th 2012

It took about 40 seconds to go through customs at Maun airport - the gateway to the Okavango where everything is low tech. Time to turn the cellphones off and say goodbye to city life as we know it as we hoped on our little little plane. Just enough seats for Ella and I and the pilot but great views of the delta as we flew over the lower reaches of the waterways. No horizon just blue haze coming off the delta merging with blue blue sky for miles. Feeling like we were heading for the back of beyond we landed at moremi crossing on the smallest landing strip I've seen. Ken met us and walked us a few hundred metres into Gunn's camp where the eating safari started. We were given drinks and snacks and ... read more




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