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Nine Days in the Kgalagadi

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January 19-28, 2014

We spent nine days in the Kalahari, or the Kgalagadi if you prefer. I think most of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is technically semi-desert rather than desert; it’s sandy and dry, but there is some vegetation (mostly grass) and occasional light rains.

There were two thunderstorms when we were there, and distant clouds almost always showed flickers…

Further Travels in Botswana

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Dec. 27, 2013-Jan. 3, 2014
From Nata we were going to Maun, one of northern Botswana’s larger towns, but we took several detours on the way.
Chapman’s Baobab
I suppose Planet Baobab whetted our appetite for large trees, because we allowed ourselves to be lured thirty kilometres off the main road for this one. The track cut across flat, grassy…

No Festivities in Botswana

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Dec. 21-26, 2013
Our second pass through Botswana cut across the upper half of the country. We started at the Kazungula border post in the northeast and drove south to Nata, then cut west to Maun and north to Shakawe.

Our route through Botswana. Much of the country is sparsely populated desert, which is why there are relatively few roads.…

The Fate of the Bushmen

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Our route through Botswana was pleasingly obvious: we would enter via the north east border town of Kasane, traverse south west through the huge Chobe and Okovango National Parks, and then take a long straight road west through the Kalahari Desert and into Namibia. This path would take us through the wild north using off road tracks and safari trails,…

Botswana – Land of Giants

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We had been warned about long queues, being hassled by fixers, money changers and souvenir salesmen, and general African bureaucratic border bollocks when entering Botswana on the ferry from Zambia. Having some time to kill as we didn’t need to be at work the next day we thought we would risk it. About the only problem we had was having…

Into Botswana

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Sept. 22-28
Our last two days at Kruger coincided with the beginning of South African school holidays. Our campsite, which had been dominated by early retirees, was speedily taken over by small children pedalling bikes between the trees and imitating the low-to-high whoop of the jackals. Two particularly industrious boys spent many hours hacking at the dirt road with a…

Wild encounters in Moremi and Chobe

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Day: 143
KLMS: 22,105
We made it! Recovering in Kasane after the most intense, exhilarating, exciting, exhausting 5 days of the trip so far. Spectacular scenery and more wildlife than i ever imagined, combined with the hardest 4WDing we’ve ever experienced and very little sleep – it will take a few days to fully process just what an incredible experiences…

Gaborone

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26th August 2013
Today I have cleaned all the bags and separated the things to bring back to Paris from the ones I will leave in Botswana. Basically I will leave all the spares parts and tools, the camping equipment and the motorbike clothes and protections. I will bring back the helmet, the clothes and the electronics equipment. I went…

Botswana

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24th August
The Guest house in Upington was too nice (Le Must) and I spent few hours sipping coffee at the lounge before leaving. Eventually I left at midday… after having made fuel. As I left late I was planning to stop at Kuruman but then I arrived there at about 15:00. Anyway, as there are only 140 km to…

BOTSWANA-ZIMBABWE EN TERUG

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PLANS CHANGE
You may sometimes want something, but you never know what the future will bring. In this case: a broken dial … The plan was Chobe Riverfront Nat. Park.
In Kasane we camp at the Safari Lodge, where the most beautiful camping spot is number 14 on the river. They want to put us on a small spot. But we get it done to…

BOTSWANA PARADIJS VOOR NATUURLIEFHEBBERS

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VAN KHAUDUM (Namibië) NAAR BOTSWANA
Vanuit Etosha rijden we naar Grootfontein waar we proviand inslaan en daar niet al te ver vandaan, ligt de camping. Roy’s Camp is een gezellige camping met een restaurant dat ons al meerdere keren is aangeraden en terecht. We maken er kennis met een jager die met een Amerikaan op stap is. Ze jagen niet…

Dreaming of Botswana … still …

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We were very excited when our vehicle arrived in Cape Town – amongst other things, it meant that we could finalise a plan that had been brewing for a while: join Global Adventures on their Botswana Recce.
Their plan to visit Botswana had been a year or more in the making, and the excitement was certainly tangible when we set…

Chobe National Park

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This was our last stop in Botswana, the culmination of a fantastic two weeks, and with a fitting finale.
Our exit from Moremi National Park was followed by a 40km sandy track until we entered at Mababe Gate.  Surprisingly, it wasn’t the easiest navigation, but we found our way to the entrance.  Once again, we signed the necessary books and…

Moremi Game Reserve

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Elephants. Not just a few – many. Not just one herd – many.
It is funny how some places appeal to you, and some don’t. Moremi really appeals to both of us. It is a lovely mixture of forest, grass, plains, and water – both river and water holes. It is a peaceful park. Although there are other vehicles around…

Makgadigadi Pans Game Reserve

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This is elephant land!  Every park we have visited has been special in its own way, and on our entry into Makgadigadi we were introduced to the large mammals who would be our constant companions in this and the next parks.
The western entrance to Makgadigadi – Khumaga Gate – requires a typical African ferry crossing.  Much like our experience…

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

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Magic. I’m running out of superlatives, and it is difficult not to repeat myself when writing these posts.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve lies in the middle of Botswana. It is the size of Switzerland or Denmark, and probably does not contain more than about 300 people at any given time. It has 36 campsites, and a few lodges, and nothing…

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

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We saw them! The rhino. They are a rare sight these days, but fortunately there are some left. I wonder how long we will still have rhino due to the demand for their horn – and therefore the subsequent poaching – from the Far East.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary was set up to provide a safe haven for rhino. After a…

Palapye

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From Molema, we headed towards our next destination of Khama Rhino Sanctuary.  Not over extending ourselves, and needing a stop for provisions and pula, we headed for Palapye, about 60km from Khama Rhino Santuary.
On the way we crossed the infamous Veterinary Control Fence – a 3,000km fence that divides Botswana into two areas – one part that is foot-and-mouth…

Molema Bush Camp

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Although the border crossing into Botswana had been hasslefree, the day time temperature was rising, and we were eager from some shade.  Although it is autumn, the day time temperatures still reach well into the 20’s.  We were eager for a bit of shade to park up and rest through “silly hour” – the early afternoon hours when no…

Becoming a Bush Pilot

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After the long and hard road to Livingstone, it was time to take stock. We only had 3 weeks to get to Cape Town, but now, after all that driving, the odds were shifting in our favour. A quick check of the sat nav, revealed we were only 3 days drive from the Cape if we headed straight for it,…

Botswana

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Planet Baobab was divine. We spent two nights there and it turned out to be a real rest. They have a GORGEOUS swimming pool and a very funky bar. The one chandelier was made with old beer bottles and was quite a sight.

If you’re looking for a cool place to stay, that is it! Apart from a few big…

Welcome to Botswana

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We arrived at the border post, and as always I was a little anxious. I always seem to get anxious at Border Posts, even though I am (mostly) a law abiding citizen.
Well, Namibia was more than happy for us to leave their country and with a ‘stamp stamp stamp’ we were headed for the Botswana side of the deal.…

Botswana Part 2

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Moremi – Northgate
After our holiday in Mozambique, we had to get our minds back in gear and get ready to hit the road again, first destination was North Gate. We knew we were taking a bit of a chance with this park as the rains have blessed Botswana well during the festive season but we thought we would chance…

Chobe

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If we thought Savuti was good then Chobe was in a different league!!!!! Add Savuti and Chobe to any Botswana Summer itinerary!!!!

 

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Savuti…….mind blowing!!!!

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Things just could never have been better in Savuti. If you ever were wondering about coming to this region at this time of year…..then go to SAVUTI!!!!!!
 

 

Savuti Lion on his way to the campsite

Our Porcupine at 9:00 a.m…

Botswana Part 1

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Kalahari N.P.
We were quite excited fir this one, and boy were we treated. We were in the park for all of three nights and our sightings included a big Kalahari male Lion with a thick black mane mating with two female Lionesses right on the road. They were there for two full days and the only moving they did…

Magic in the wetlands – Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Over landing Africa is an amazing, and often challenging way to travel. Spending the time to drive the arduous route from Nairobi through Tanzania, following the lake in Malawi before veering SW into Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Continuing through arid Namibia and finally reaching South Africa you will travel thousands of miles on a trip that takes several months to…