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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun June 13th 2017

Botswana! What a country, not just in terms of it's beautiful landscapes and incredible flora and fauna, but for the memories this gorgeous little country gave us! Botswana isn't a country I had ever really considered and I have no idea why. Home to Chobe National Park, the Okavangko Delta, the Kalahari desert and a haven for wildlife- having the highest population of elephants on the planet, it is no wonder that Botswana was named one of New York Times places to visit in 2017! We arrived pretty quickly into our lodgings just outside Chobe national park, checked in and headed straight for the bar! A few tipples later and off we went for a sunset cruise on the Chobe river, which was possibly even more stunning than the Zambezi river cruise- we were blessed with ... read more
Okavangko Delta.
Okavangko Delta.
Okavangko Delta.

Africa » Botswana May 13th 2017

Beste meelezers Hier weer een nieuw blog. Het vorige is inmiddels ook wat bijgewerkt en de foto's staan erin! Maandag 08-05-2017 14e vakantiedag We staan vandaag om 5.15 uur op , we hebben een tamelijk lange reisdag op het programma. Eerst maar koffie en ontbijt (wat mij niet helemaal smaakt, beetje last van darmstrubbels) Hierna de tent inklappen, beetje afwassen en zelf even een douche nemen, Er staat ook hier een lekker vuurtje te branden die zorgt voor heel heet water! We checken uit (na wat souvenirtjes scoren) en gaan dan op weg naar Botswana. Al snel draaien we de B8 op die dwars door Bwabwata national park loopt. Het is ongeveer 190 kilometer lang en een aantal kilometers breed. Noordelijk van ons Angola en in het zuiden Botswana. Het is een park, waar zowel wild ... read more
We vertrekken uit Namibië
En we gaan Botswana in
Boottocht over de Chobe rivier

Africa » Botswana » Kgalagadi March 15th 2017

5 -12 July 2010 Reminiscence of past travels My discomfort from sitting on the hard makeshift wooden stool was minimal. A dusty cloud of trepidation hung around me as I waited for my fate to be revealed. The Sangoma (witchdoctor) picked up a grubby bag and tipped the contents into his hand. He cupped his hands together, shook them, and mumbled a few words that I didn’t understand. Puffing through a gap between his thumbs, he whisked his hands apart. Polished bones tumbled and exploded in all directions to a standstill on the dusty red Kgalagadi sand. The Sangoma looked at me with sad eyes and shook his head. A few sluggish minutes ago, before I sat on the chair, my anxious utterings were “I hope he’s at least going to tell me that fortune will ... read more
Sangoma muti
Convoy on Makgadikgadi pan
Warthog family

Africa » Botswana March 15th 2017

5 -12 July 2010 Continued from previous blog Day 5 – Half day mokoro trip or fishing for tiger fish. On day five at the delta there was a good chance that we could get very close to hippos, even though we hadn’t seen the one that had wandered around our camp the previous night. The morning was taken up by our mokoro trip, a dugout canoe. We were quite excited, because we have always wanted to experience this age old tradition of travelling on the waters of the delta. We’d heard many stories from mom and dad about their time in a mokoro and the fun they had. A slight disappointment that the mokoros weren’t made out of wood anymore, now more likely fibreglass, but it stands to reason that they want to preserve as ... read more
Magnificent beast
Hidden in the reeds
Another African sunset

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta February 16th 2017

Geo: -19.0933, 22.4451 Another rest time, unplugged from the internet, which is very enjoyable until I think about the thousands of accumulated emails I'll have to begin to deal with once we reach Victoria Falls, still a week away. Most of the group seem to nap during these hours, but I prefer to shower in the heat of the day, meditate, and write. And, of course, just gaze out at the beautiful landscape, and listen to the sounds of Africa. It is a paradise here, different from anyplace else I have travelled. When I was a camp counsellor in my late teens, the young staff used to meet by the lake at rest time, swimming and lying on the dock, resting and chatting in the sun, enjoying our break from the children, our 24/7 responsibility. This ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta February 15th 2017

Geo: -19.0933, 22.4451 All night long we heard hippos bellowing not too far outside our tents, plus -- one of my favorite sounds in all the world -- frogs singing for mates. I had my best sleep of this trip so far, waking at 5:30AM only when one of the staff walked by, calling a good morning to each tent. Dressing quickly in the dark, I walked to the main hall and learned that two lions had visited our camp last night, right after everyone had left for the evening. There were their tracks, and where they had lain down, in the mud at the foot of one of the short stairways leading into the dining area. So it is good we are told that no one should walk around at night, although of course, lions ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta February 14th 2017

Geo: -19.0933, 22.4451 Waking up at 4AM today had not been my plan, but going to bed by 9:30PM ensures adequate sleep. Plus, an elephant was trumpeting and snorting outside, not too far from my cabin. What a treat to celebrate our last night at Baobab Lodge! It was sad to leave this part of Botswana and all the lovely, friendly people at this lodge. But more African adventures beckoned, and another group was scheduled to arrive this afternoon, so our group had to leave. While two lucky members on our tour got to fly in a 4 seater, the rest of us flew in a little 12 seater SSW to the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta waterways in the world. I've always enjoyed flying in small planes. When I was little a friend of ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park February 13th 2017

Geo: -18.5421, 24.5105 Drums waking us again at 5:30AM, our typical wake-up call, our Chobe National Park safari again began as we boarded the jeeps an hour later. But this time we were searching for animals for the whole day, not returning to lovely Baobab Lodge for lunch and quiet time. The Baobab Lodge staff promised to provide PB&J sandwiches for our picnic lunch, but we should not have been surprised by the amazing feast that was presented instead, and served to us in the wilds of Chobe NP. Moses was the driver and guide on the jeep I was riding in today. Even as the jeep was climbing up the severely rutted road from Baobab Lodge, we saw two giraffes, a mama and her big baby. Like the kudu, giraffes seem to use standing still ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park February 12th 2017

Geo: -18.5421, 24.5105 Since first reading Alexander McCall Smith's books on the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency series years ago, I have wanted to come to Botswana. What a stunning country it is! We arrived yesterday, a group of twelve of us travelling on OAT's Ultimate Africa trip. The Baobab Lodge is our home for three nights; this is a beautiful, remote camp in the wilds of Botswana, in my opinion much too elegant to be called a camp. Our tour guide is Sku, a very handsome, delightful and enormously knowledgeable guide. We are lucky to have him as our leader on this trip through these African countries. When I woke up this morning the almost full moon was pouring its light through my big front window. I just stood there looking out, watching this beauty ... read more

Africa » Botswana October 23rd 2016

Today is our last day in Botswana as we cross to Namibia later today. We set off driving through Chobe Park, we had to sign in and out. We saw hyenas, lots of birds and a few elephants. When we reached the border we were accosted by the T shirt man. He had missed us in Zimbabe and at the camp site so desperately was hoping to sell them. They were printed up with a map of our trip. We paid for ours and another couples but said we didn't have enough to pay for the lot. Then we shoed our passports on the Botswana side. We answered a questionnaire with the Botswania tourism board. Then drove to the Zimbabe side. We were screened for ebola, showed our passports and then had to fill in forms ... read more




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