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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve October 19th 2009

The Lion Sleeps Tonight - NOT! The Third Bridge Lion Pride kept us entertained for a few days. Last night, when the females had killed the buffalo and the pride was starting to feed, we noticed them looking off into the night as though expecting someone. The two male lions in this pride were somewhere in the dark and we knew they would be along any time. Obviously they were expected. During the night, we heard much fighting, roaring, and at one point the lions charged right through camp chasing off the hyenas. In the morning, after an early breakfast, we headed over to the kill to see what was happening. The pride had been feeding all night and were lounging around on the road. One of the dominant males was nearby. Shortly after we arrived, ... read more
Third Bridge Campsite
His Highness in the Distance

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve October 16th 2009

Ultimate Safari Day. For those of you who don't want to read the whole blog, skip to the part below, starting with Lions. Up early this morning, which would be our pattern for the rest of our days on safari. Breakfast buffet at the hotel, load up the luggage on a cart that is pulled behind the safari vehicle. Glad we brought duffle bags ined with orange garbage bags. Most everyone else has regular luggage, and it would get pretty beat up and dusty over the next days, to be sure. This was a mobile camping safari, meaning that our camp moved with us from place to place. We would be staying in privately-booked special group campsites, so all on our own. It was nice to learn that we would not be staying in any public ... read more
Maun Airport
Maun Village below
Edge of the Delta

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun October 16th 2009

Movin On Up OK, so Richard thought that neither of us got sick from that plane full of coughing people, but he was wrong. Today, Kayla was sick with a head cold. So we canceled our plans for the day and decided that lounging around Backpackers, especially in 40+ degree weather, was not a bad thing to do. So far it has been much hotter than we expected, and higher than average than what is usually expected at this time of year. Oh well, we chose to travel in the hot dry season, so that's what we got. Backpackers is right on the Thamalakane River, so not a bad place to lounge and watch the world go by. Mid-day, we called for a taxi and headed over to the Maun Lodge, where we were to meet ... read more
Backpackers - our ensuite
Bird feeding at Backpackers
Maun Lodge

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta October 6th 2009

Up the creek without a paddle Where yesterday was all about land with a little water, today was all about water with a little land. Power boat for 3/4 hour to reach a local village in the Okavango Delta followed by 2 hours of mokoro (dug-out canoe) through reeds of the delta powered by a 6 metre pole manned by a local mokoro poler. At one point on the way, we broke out into a deep channel and Kayla asked our poler if hippos were around. He said yes, but mostly in the evenings. We could clearly see the sandy bottom of the channel where hippo feet had trod many times, which was just a bit disconcerting since we have heard horror stories of careless mokoro polers endangering the lives of their passengers by approaching a ... read more
Thamalakane River
Baby croc basking in the sun
Croc in the water

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Moremi Game Reserve October 5th 2009

Moremi Game Drive Today was a big day, starting at 6:30 am and ending at 6:30 pm tonight. We hopped into Backpackers safari vehicle and headed for Moremi Game Reserve. Before even entering the park, we sighted two elephant under a distant acacia tree. It turned out to be our only viewing of these elusive animals, except for their distinct "loaves of bread" left everywhere on the road. Kayla would really like to meet the animals responsible for baking such large & abundant "Loaves of bread". Our driver & guide, "Ice" (really his middle name), took us first along the marshes bordering the water passages of the Okavango Delta. He knew just where to look for all the game, and the fun really started here - antelope, impala everywhere we went, slow-moving giraffe. Hippos, both in ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun October 5th 2009

Getting to Know Maun Yesterday, we slept in, lazed around and then caught a ride into Maun to pick up a few lunch supplies. It was fun doing some people watching in the grocery stores. We had hoped to find a bookstore for a Botswana Bird book, but no such luck on a Sunday. So when the driver was ready to return to Backpackers, we came too, a little overwhelmed by this new and strange environment and intimidated, too. We lazed around in the heat of the afternoon, walked over to the Old Bridge after which this camp is named. There were quite a few people crossing the bridge and walking along the pathway on the other side, so we practised our "Dumela" with everyone we met and were delighted to hear "Dumela" back. Yes! We ... read more
Our Backpackers Abode
Weaver Nests
Backpackers Vehicle

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun October 4th 2009

Off to Botswana We left Heathrow after a hectic taxi drive from Camden at Leanne and Brad's home. It only took 45 minutes but the route as difficult to remember. The flight was 11 hours of not much sleep - our neighbours all around in a constant fit of coughing. But no residual cold or worse - so far. Then a beautiful flight in a bright turbo prop with smart looking attendants. Then we found taxi after being challenged by no phones at the airport and arrived at our home for the next 4 days - Old Bridge Backpackers camp. Our tent was large, mosquito-proof and has an ensuite. We look out on the river but no hippos as the river is high and they have moved upstream. Compensated by lots of birds to see, photo ... read more
Our British Airways plane.
Maun Airport
Acacia thorn

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Camden Town October 2nd 2009

First off, we're still not in Botswana yet. We've been enjoying the beautiful fall weather in London since arriving Wednesday morning, and visiting with the newlyweds. So glad we did this before going on the next long leg of the trip. It's an 11-hour flight to Johannesburg from here, and then another 2-hour flight to Maun, Botswana. Time zone just one hour ahead of London, but still a very long trip. Because they live in Camden, our daughter and son-in-law are near some of the most interesting parts of London. This is a walking city - at least we think so. So Wednesday Leanne took us for a walk along the canal to Camden Market and then on to Regent's Park. Camden Market is quite an interesting place and we were sorry not to experience it ... read more
Sunset from the balcony
Canal walk near Camden Market
Canal Walk Near Camden Market

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Pitt Meadows September 27th 2009

Tomorrow's the big day when we leave for our Botswana adventure. First we fly to England for a few days to get over jet lag and visit the newlyweds (Richard’s daughter and her husband), and then on to Botswana. England is a 9-hour overnight flight. Then it’s another 11-hour overnight flight to Johannesburg, wait 3 hours, then a 2-hour flight to Maun, Botswana. And we’re there. We're finally all packed. Kayla needed a larger duffle than the small one we each hoped to use, but hers was full to almost bursting and that's not a way to start a trip. So the next larger duffle it is, since there wasn't anything in the small one she wanted to give up. Never mind the clothes - that was the easy part. It's all the other stuff one ... read more

We've just received final confirmation that the safari we booked to Botswana is a go, so now it's real. Yesterday, we went for the first round of vaccinations. Polio-diptheria-tetanus booster, typhoid, Hep A & B (Twinrix), Malaria, Anti-diarrhea/e-coli/cholera, and who knows what all else. We were surprised that we didn't need yellow fever or dengue fever treatment. But I guess that's because we are traveling in dry areas of Africa and not the jungle this time. Back to the travel medical clinic in a month for the Twinrix booster. Meanwhile, before leaving on this exotic trip, there are family travels to take care of. We travel to Michigan later in July to move my mother from Michigan to North Carolina so she can be near to the rest of the family. And Richard's daughter is getting ... read more

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