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Africa » Botswana April 16th 2018

We flew from Joburg to Kasane in Botswana. Kasane has a nice modern airport and it was a short taxi ride to our accommodation, Chobe River Cottages. Kasane lies at the meeting point of our countries - Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe and the confluence of two major rivers - the Chobe and the Zambezi. Chobe National Park is one of the great wildlife destinations in Africa. There is a massive elephant population. There are three main sections of the park - Chobe Riverfront, Linyati Marshes and Savuti. Our focus was on Chobe Riverfront next to our home for the next four nights, the gateway town of Kasane. We enjoyed an evening meal at The Old House a short walk from our cottage. The next day we had a relaxing morning and late afternoon set off ... read more
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Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park

Africa » Botswana » North-East November 30th 2017

Nach einer Fahrt von vielleicht zwei Stunden mussten wir die Grenze überqueren. Unter dem Strich war dies einfacher und schneller als wir befürchtet hatten. In Botswana fuhren wir dann zuerst durch einen Teil vom Tschobe Nationalpark, bevor wir in Kasane eintrafen. In einem gemütlichen B&B im angelsächsischen Stil fühlten wir uns sofort wohl. Da Kasane ein kleines Städtchen ist ( und nicht eine von Nationalparks umgebene Lodge...), konnten wir auch etwas rumschlendern. Meine alten Pumaschuhe tauschte ich gegen einen geschnitzen Vogel. Ich wollte nicht zuviel dafür verlangen, da die Schuhe zwar noch in gutem Zustand aber eben auch schon älter waren. Der Verkäufer hatte gemeint - ich könne irgendetwas wählen und war mit dem Deal superglücklich. Obwohl Namibia nur etwa 30 Jahre deutsche Kolonie war, stellten wir doch beim Wechsel nach Botswana einiges fest...zum Beispiel d ... read more
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Africa » Botswana September 24th 2017

No superlatives can really capture Africa. It's vast, rich, fantastic, hot, remote, amazing and so much more. I'm writing this at our camp during our hot lunchtime siesta. It won't be posted for another week because there is no internet in this remote place. I'm quite happy about that. It serves to remind me what life was like just 15 or so years ago when we didn't carry smart phones as an extension of our arms!! Our all Aussie tour group comprises eight people, five of whom are part of the Hobson family, hence the name of this post. Siblings Peter, Ian and Carol are travelling with Peter's wife Vicky and Carol's partner Brian. Ian and Carol are twins and are undertaking the trip to celebrate their 60th birthdays. The eighth member of the group is ... read more
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Africa » Botswana September 24th 2017

It has never occurred to me that the 'Big Five' list of Rhinoceros, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Water Buffalo was actually named as the five most difficult to shoot in Africa. I find that a bit offensive, so I'm going to create my own list of animals, and have called it 'the magnificent seven'. These seven have only been shot by a camera, rather than a gun! My seven are: Leopard We were lucky enough to see two leopards on separate game drives. They are very shy so our view of them was rather fleeting, but it was fantastic to see them in the wild. Elephant We saw hundreds of elephants during the safari. At our last location on the Chobe River there were hundreds heading to the river in the late afternoon. It was an ... read more
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Africa » Botswana September 24th 2017

Baby animals are fantastic to watch. We were lucky enough to see quite a few on this trip. According to KK quite a few of the animals we encountered do not have their babies until the wet season which is in the summer months. This is to increase the survival rates for herd animals like Impala, Zebras and others. So we saw quite a lot of pregnant animals. Baby elephant The baby elephants were particularly engaging because you can see them learning from their parents and other herd members. It's also great to watch when the herd is moving, because the parents protect the babies from harm like our waterhole scene. Over the eight days of the safari we saw hundreds of elephants but we never tired of watching the family interactions. Baby Hippo Hippos spend ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 20th 2017

It was our last morning at the Moremi Game Reserve on the Okavango Delta when we were visited by this gorgeous male elephant, right outside our tent cabin, just as the sun started to rise. The Okavango is a large inland delta, a freshwater wetland, at the heart of Botswana’s arid Kalahari Desert and is a World Heritage site. To get there we had to fly for nearly two hours in a 4-passsenger bush plane from a small airport in Kasane to a tiny runway in the delta. Our guide had to chase baboons and warthogs off the runaway so that our little plane could land. Each morning and afternoon at Moremi was spent watching the wildlife as we cruised in local canoes known as mokoros.... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-East September 7th 2017

September 8, 2017. Episode 2: Seven days in the heart of the African bush. Greetings from beautiful Botswana, where we spent the past several days on a mobile tented safari, moving around the Northern National Parks and reserves. Home to both the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta, Botwsana is one of the top travel destinations in Africa. Much of the country is arid or semi-arid. Yet beneath its parched soil lies a glittering prize, as Botswana is the leading diamond-producing country in the world (in terms of value) and the second largest in terms of volume (after Russia). Such a lucrative resource has driven Botswana’s prosperity, and hence it is a stable, safe and tranquil place with a generally good standard of living, at least in cities. The over-arching national principle here is equality. The proud ... read more
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Africa » Botswana August 19th 2017

Windhoek was 500 kilometres away from Etosha so it made for a very long drive. Unfortunately our bus got a flat tyre so we had to stop for lunch early whilst the guys changed it for the spare. Spirits we really high for some reason and singing on the bus spread out onto the side of the road for dancing and singing whilst the tyre was being changed by the boys and lunch being made by the girls! We were a well oiled machine and thankfully didn't lose much time because of it. When we got into Windhoek we had to make a detour to get a new tyre before heading to our camp. We had to wait on the bus whilst this happened, so what better to do than play some music. Before we knew ... read more
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Africa » Botswana » North-East July 28th 2017

We crossed the border from Zambia at Kazungula, which was fairly straightforward but required a short ferry across the Zambezi. A bridge is in the process of being built but the projected finish date seemed a tad optimistic. We found a cab on the other side- 10 minutes to Kasane, where we based ourselves for visiting Chobe National Park. The town itself isn't terribly interesting, other than the warthogs roaming the streets, nibbling on ample trash. Be sure to exchange all Kwacha (Zambian money) at the border, since there is nowhere in Kasane to do it. We tried the banks and bureaus, but eventually I had to just ask around to find someone who knew a Zambian and exchanged with her at a terrible rate. We stayed at Plateau Guest House (pronounce it plat-oo or no ... read more
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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
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Okavangko Delta.
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