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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park December 29th 2006

After our initial tour had ended, new people had joined in Livingston and our driver had crushed one of the tents trying to bump start the truck (the battery was dead) we crossed the border into Botswana on the ferry. Settling at a camp site near Chobe national park we headed into the park on the following day and caught glimpse of yet another Leopard. Classically this one was lazily dangling his paws from a tree. Also there were multiple sightings of Elephants (which are being culled at the moment in Chobe due to their very high numbers) and the torrential rain made the game drive a little uncomfortable but very ammusing. In the afternoon we had a cruise down the Chobe river and got close looks at many Hippos (Africas most dangerous animal!) and Crocodiles. ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park December 12th 2006

Whoops, seems to have been an eternity since the last blog update but for the select few that have sampled the Sydney nightlife i'm sure u'll understand why!! Ok, where were we ....................................Namibia. Namibia was a 6 hour journey from the Okavango Delta where we camped for one night next to the Zambezi river. The only reason Namibia was included in the itinery of the Truck trip was that it was easier to travel to Chobe in Botswana going via Namibia. The only sight seeing we indulged ourselves in was the 'floating bar' and the inside of our tents. The 'floating bar' as you can see from the photo was a bar situated in the middle of the Zambezi river and to gain access was a 'floating walkway' which was no wider than two feet. On ... read more
Floating Bar
Swimmers on River Cruise
Monitor Lizard on River Cruise

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun December 7th 2006

A hollowed out tree trunk boat took us to the beautiful conservation area that is the Okavango Delta; a river delta that is almost dried up (100years) but is still full of reeds and shallow water ways and of course , a variety of animal and plant life. This is a really special place. The government only let a certain number of tourists there and there are strict rules on no litter, no soaps and deoderants!! We weren't even allowed to leave fruit peel cos it wasn't native to the land. Each morning we were up at 5am for a three hour bush walk while it was still 'cool'! By 9am it was 40 degrees in the sun- no kidding! The bush walks were brill. We saw alsorts of animals right up close and got to ... read more
Washing up at camp!
Watering hole at the delta
Safari walk

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park December 6th 2006

That means Hi from Botswana. I'm really just passing through Botswana at the time. I spent the better part of the last 3 days on busses getting up here from Jo-burg and tomorrow I head over to Livingstone, Zambia. There wasn't much to see during most of the trip. Mostly I was driving through parts of the Kalahari desert. It wasn't barren, just lots of little scrub trees and bush. I did see lots of cattle grazing and crossing the road. Which I found very strange because all throughout, what I've seen of Africa, nobody eats beef. They all eat chicken. Everywhere is fast food chicken. And I didn't see a single chicken along the road. Maybe that is it, all the chickens are dead and the cows are left living who knows. Though you could ... read more

Africa » Botswana November 28th 2006

Another Truck Arranged to travel on a truck re-locating from Vic Falls to Jo'berg. Arrived at the pickup point at the appointed time, 0600. Truck was there, but it was a very quiet stay. First sign of movement about 0700 and finally got away at 0800. I was really glad to have been up since 0430 to get there! Saw a new bird on the way out of Vic Falls, a ground hornbill. Quite unexpected, as we were travelling at speed and not paying too much attention. Overnight at Palapye Arrived at our overnight campsite, and the three pax were allocated a room with three beds in the space where two might have been. Have not been this cramped since visiting Turkey in 2002. Met a couple of older English blokes doing a charity motor cycle ... read more
Cotswolds2Capetown - the Bikes
Martinsdrift Rest Area

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park November 24th 2006

Version Francaise un peu plus bas. Hi everyone, Here are some final pictures of the safari in Zambia and Botswana. The safari ended in Lusaka last Wednesday and while everyone flew back to Europe I flew back to Johannesburg for a few days of rest before heading out to Zanzibar - which is where I am updating my blog. Yes Zanzibar is as amazing as I had fantasized, but you'll have to wait until the next blog to hear more and see pictures. As you can see on the pictures I took a micro light flight above Victoria Falls on our last day in Livingstone, it was very exhilarating and I felt incredibly light and vulnerable - but in a good way. It was at 7 in the morning, the light was beautiful, no wind and ... read more
Zambezi River Cruise · Livingstone, Zambia
Read instructions first · Microlight Flight · Livingstone, Zambia
1,500 ft above Victoria Falls · Livingstone, Zambia

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park November 23rd 2006

Game Drive Set out early this morning into Chobe National Park. Were only inside the park boundary for a matter of minutes and had spotted a herd of elephant walking along the ridgeline. Impala, puku, turtle, warthog, hippo, banded mongoose, and crocodile were also spotted on the way, as well as a variety of birds. River Cruise At 1530 we loaded up with other guests at the hotel on the river cruise boat, and spent about two and a half hours looking at the animals close to the river banks. Initially, it was just large animals. As we went further upstream, a greater range of smaller animals were also spotted.... read more
Chobe Game Drive
Chobe Game Drive
Chobe Game Drive

Africa » Botswana November 15th 2006

Just for the purpose of people that think going to Skegness for a Summer holiday is going 'travelling' we'll start by explaining exactly wot an 'Overland Truck Trip' is all about. Basically you pay a one off fee at the beginning and most of your costs are included for the entire duration of the trip. This includes travel, accomodation (tents), food, activites and cups of rank tea. Refer to the photo for what the Truck looks like, it has many fold out functions such as kitchen facilities but sadly no toilets. When you are in the middle of nowhere for hours on end this of course becomes interesting. Squat and Squirt i think the saying goes!!!! We met the Truck in Joburg at a place called 'Africa Centre Lodge' where we spent the previous night. This ... read more
Maun Airport
We have Lift-Off
Taking in the View

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun November 5th 2006

So we made it through the most expensive country in Southern African without destroying the bank balance! We must thank our tent though. Without it, we'd be broke! Botswana is renound for it's expensive lodges and tourist facilities, but we managed to survive it all, and did a couple of guided tours aswell. We spent a few days in Kasane at the Chobe Safari Lodge's campsite. Nice place, but there's too many ants and monkeys that took a liking to our food! They had an awesome dinner buffet, but unfortunately, it cost more than our total daily budget, so we ate at the local Shoprite instead. We did a boat cruise here along the Chobe River into the National Park. this was totally different from anything we'd seen as it focuses on the animals around the ... read more
Anto with the resident warthogs
Monkey devouring our food
Lizard at our campsite

Africa » Botswana October 27th 2006

Our internet access has been non-existent for the last week so we are going to do a brief update on each day. Day 1 We drove. A lot. 850km, mostly on paved roads which is a blessing. I believe the highlights were seeing a shop called Kalahari Fried Chicken and all yelling 'KFC' at the same time, crossing the border into Botswana and seeing a semi-trailer that had crashed and incinerated. Now, before you start believing that we are callous and hard-hearted, let me fill in the facts. The driver was unhurt. There were no other cars involved (maybe a goat or a donkey - we aren't sure). The truck was incinerated but its contents weren't - a full semitrailer full of Windhoek Lager cans. The part that amused us the most was the fifty or ... read more
Showers at Guma Campsite
Campsite at Sunrise

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