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Africa » Botswana August 18th 2019

Today was amazing. Our first day of Safari. Seeing beautiful animals up close and quite personal. First I’ll give a quick rundown of Shabbat and early this morning. Friday we went rafting. We were all wiped out when we returned and some took a nap while others prepared Shabbat. We had a lovely and very entertaining dinner where we rehashed everything about the rafting trip over and over. It was quite animated and lots of fun. Shabbat morning was our one “sleep in” day and most of us took advantage of it. It was a relaxed sleepy day. In the afternoon we went in search of a lodge near a waterhole where you can have coffee at the cafe and watch the animals come to drink. It wasn’t much to go by but being that the ... read more
Sunrise
On our way to the waterhole.
With coffee and   hot shoko, chillin’ by the waterhole

Africa » Botswana June 19th 2019

We’re back on the grid after three days in the Okavango Delta area at Rra Dinare. The last three days have been unique and very reyas even when we started to worry about work, there was nothing we could do. We got here by bush plane which was an experience by itself. Great planes and nice flight but landed in an airstrip in the middle of no where - elephants crossed the runway as we were deplaning. Our camp host met us at the airstrip in jeeps and we headed across the savanna to camp. The camp here is actual high end tents complete with a toilet, dink’s and outdoor showers. They are very breezy and comfortable during the day this time of year - but we can only imagine how hot they would be in ... 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 June 15th 2019

We got to sleep in a bit today as our first game drive wasn’t until 8:30. We headed out with our driver, Tito, into the 11,000 Kilometer square park where we drive parallel to the river. It was a relatively slow game drive but we still saw lots of elephants, impala, kudu, various birds, some giraffe in the distance, warthogs and baboon. After the drive we relaxed in our room until lunch time. Following lunch, we did a massive repack. Tomorrow we catch a bush plane out to Rra Dinare, our stop on the Okavango delta. We can only take a maximum weight of 44kg and bags have to be smaller than a particular size so we are going to have to ship one by courier to our next stop. This is apparently something that they ... read more
young elephant
A baboon and his rock
Two giraffes sparring

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 June 14th 2019

Today we started off viewing the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. They err even more impressive from that side as we could walk almost the whole distance. After that, we hopped in the car with ours river, Mortimer, who drove us across the border to Botswana. Border control was confusing but since Mortimer knew his way around, it was very smooth. Botswana is very concerned about foot and mouth disease so both our tired and shoes needed to be disinfected in the way In. We got to our next stop on the Chobe river just in time for lunch. Unfortunately, they misunderstood my pepper allergy and lunch was a bit of a gong show - but eventually it was all sorted out. We relaxed after lunch until our afternoon game boating expedition. We had s relaxing ... read more
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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 October 16th 2018

Got up really early (5 am) to go into Chobe NP. Saw lots of birds, hippos in the water but the highlights was a pride of lions near the water where there was a dead elephant. Not sure what killed the elephant. Anyway it was fascinating to watch them. One lioness protected the kill from vultures and other birds. Even through we were in 9 passenger open air safari trucks they did not seem to be bothered by us. However we were told to not stand or reach out. The lions just see a large thing but if you were to get out that would change how they would act. Saw a few elephants here but not as many as I thought.... read more
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Africa » Botswana October 15th 2018

Today we got to our camp near Chobe. It was an adventure. The main highways in Botswana are pretty good just a few potholes. But there is a lot of police speed traps as speeds will go from 60 to 120 to 80 km. We have been lucky but one fellow we are traveling with got 2 tickets today. There is also veterinary checkpoints to supposedly control meat and fruit products. At most we have been waved through by a friendly officer but at one we had to pay 20 pula. Not sure why but was not going to argue. To get to the camp we are at now was a sand road that was a challenge. Mark made it through ( must be from all his snow driving experience) but 3 motorhomes got stuck. We ... read more
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Africa » Botswana October 14th 2018

The weather is getting hotter as we go north. Is was around 38C. Today we are still heading towards Chobe NP. Staying at a camp in Nata and we when got there saw some very old cars that are part of a rally. Then we saw some very nice new cars but I will leave that for Mark to tell you about. Today went on a tour of the local village and found out a little Botswana. Botswana is a pretty stable country and economically doing well. We were told that when you turn 18 you can apply for a piece of land for free. Also health care and education are free. At the village we saw how they made the bricks for building a house from cow manure mixed with the sandy soil. Interesting tour! ... read more
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