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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve May 6th 2023

It was an amazing trip!! So many sights and a couple of stories, too!! Self driving allowed us to see so much of the parks. The campsites were remote with most of them 8 or 9 very large sites. We had heard stories of elephants or lions coming into the campsites, but to actually experience a couple of elephants actually walk thru was surreal, and slightly terrifying at times. And the park roads were just dirt sandy tracks of 10 -12” loose sand with the occasional deep ruts left over from the rains. Once we left the town of Maun, we did not see a tarmac road for another 7 days! We saw very few other vehicles, other than the occasional safari rig. And we loved it!! We rented fully equipped safari Toyota Landcruisers. They included ... read more
Beautiful valley at Khumaga
The elephant across the road at our campsite
Uh oh!  Elephant in our camp!

Africa » Botswana March 5th 2023

I had been to Botswana before, during my first ever backpacking trip when I was 21 and travelled from Nairobi down to Cape Town over three months. On that occasion, in 2001, I crossed over from Zambia and visited Chobe National Park before continuing into Zimbabwe. I remember that Botswana was quiet, relatively affluent, and full of wildlife. I discovered 22 years later that thankfully it hasn’t changed much. Although, if I had visited Gaborone back then I might now be telling you that it had changed a lot. The country, and Gaborone especially, have been developing rapidly, which has driven a construction boom. Therefore, construction materials are needed, especially sand – the most mined mineral in the world. And where does the sand come from? Often from ephemeral river systems (they flow only once or ... read more
Okavango Delta
Impala in Gaborone Game Reserve
Woodland kingfisher by our pool at Maun

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
Less than a month old...
Our crib for 2 nights...
Hyppos grazing everywhere...

Africa » Botswana March 10th 2020

It had rained overnight and that was not a good sign for the day ahead. Many of the roads that had just opened as the rain had stopped would become impassable. We got up early and made our way to the north of the delta. The road was plagued with hundreds of washouts and water up to ½ a metre deep but Nelly did well until we got stuck. The water was higher than the doors when we did get stuck and I stupidly opened the door not realising and it flooded in and then even after I shut it it started coming through the floor and the seals in the door. Also the water was grey and absolutely stank, likely as a result of the animal poo in it and more besides. Alain and I ... read more
The only bridge we saw all day
It was so bumpy the number plate came off
Pulling a very grateful family out the water

Africa » Botswana March 9th 2020

The bumpy (wet) road to the Okavango, but boy was it worth it We woke up at our wild camp to the most amazing sunrise over the salt flats and made our way back to the main road and headed into Maun which is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We stopped for a good lunch and a re-stock of provisions and fuel and made our way toward the Delta. The road degraded quickly into really bad corrugations that slowed us down and shook the car to kingdom come. Eventually we made the gate to the Okavango and we went in. The first thing to note is that it is very woody and the second thing is that there are ENORMOUS puddles up to ½ a metre deep everywhere and the water is brown or grey ... read more
Okavango Giraffe
Okavango Hippo
3 of the 5 White rhino we saw

Africa » Botswana March 8th 2020

We kicked things off early as usual to try and get to the border with Botswana early. The border itself was the usual combination of mayhem and we got our passport stamped and car paperwork sorted but then for reasons beyond understanding had to pay a £2 council tax. Finally we had to get a ferry across no-man’s land to Botswana. The ferry was old and tired but rather impressively carried us, another car and a massive road train of a lorry. In Botswana the process was very slick and well managed and also very happily we didn’t have to pay for another visa. In Botswana the road was a glorious tarmac wonder and we made good progress south. We even stopped at a shopping mall in what seemed like nowhere and got something for breakfast. ... read more
Deadman winching
Toast to the tyre that got us out

Africa » Botswana » Southern October 1st 2019

Beste meelezers: wij zijn alweer thuis, hier het slot van onze mooie reis. Intussen heb ik overal foto's bijgezet. Er staan ook al 2 filmpjes in: Kijk in blog 2 naar ons helikopteravontuur. Volgende filmpjes gaan de komende tijd komen. Kijk dus nog eens een keertje. Wij hebben genoten, ik hoop jullie ook van onze verhalen en foto's! DINSDAG 01-10-2019 19e Vakantiedag Vandaag gaan we dit park weer verlaten. De nacht was wat onrustig: deels door het nog herbeleven van de middag, deels door het geluid van de onafhankelijkheidsfeesten, er was tot 7.00 uur muziek uit het dorp te horen! Eerst maar koffie, sap en een pannenkoek, boeltje opruimen, afwasje doen en dan zijn we reisvaardig. Uitgezwaaid door onze Zuid-Afrikaanse helpers gaan we op weg. Bij de gate van het Makgadikgadi ... read more
Veel stofstormen onderweg

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-East September 25th 2019

WOENSDAG 25-09-2019 13e Vakantiedag Het is vannacht aardig gaan waaien, dat was aan de ene kant wel prettig, want de hitte van gisteren bleef lang hangen, maar aan de andere kant door de vlagerige wind stond de tent af en toe flink te klapperen. We staan op als het een beetje licht gaat worden, klappen de tent in en rijden met de auto naar het toilet vanwege mogelijk rondsluipende beesten ?. We gaan koffie zetten en omelet bakken en na dit prima ontbijtje pakken we de boel weer in, om op weg te gaan. Het is nog steeds bewolkt en de wind maakt het frisjes. We hebben vanmorgen eerst een rit naar de Ngoma gate, waar we het Nationale Park uitgaan: dit deel van Chobe is een smalle strook langs de rivier begrenst door de doorgaande ... read more
Boom vol met gieren
Koedoe dame

Africa » Botswana » North-East September 20th 2019

VRIJDAG 20-09-2019 8e vakantiedag We doen vandaag wat rustig aan. We hebben nog een reisdag te gaan vandaag. We maken koffie en dan poog ik nog de laatste foto's voor mijn blog te uploaden. Nadat ik ontdekt hebt dat er midden op het grasveldje de wifi versterker zit en ik vlak daarbij ben gaan zitten, gaat het eindelijk wat minder langzaam.? Dus de laatste foto's, nog snel wat bijschrijven en dan klaar! We zoeken de laatste spullen bij elkaar, checken uit en gaan dan naar de Choppie om nog wat boodschappen te doen. We kopen wel wat groente en fruit en water. Vlees is er niet en we wilden ook nog een blikje bier kopen, dan onderweg nog maar eens kijken. We rijden Selebi Phikwe uit en rijden richting Francistown. Dit is vooral doorrijden op een ... read more
Gelukkig mag je hier 120 km/u
Vogeltje in Nata Lodge
Grijze loerie of go-awaybird

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