Botswana
Ghanzi

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  • Day168

    Ghanzi

    April 12 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    With our truck still at the side of the road, a replacement truck was driven all the way from Cape Town (that's a long way!). They had driven all through the night and gamely arrived by mid morning. So we loaded everything onto our new truck, including 9 new people, so it was a tight squeeze. Sadly we were leaving behind our two Brazilian friends who were ending their trip in Windhoek.

    It was all very emotional, even before they gave a leaving speech and presented us with gifts. One of the couple is from Salvador and they have a tradition of handing out ribbon ties to special people. You make a wish when you tie it on and it comes true once it naturally breaks. A real sweet gesture and it's just as well my eye was already watery from the scratch otherwise I would have had to come up with another excuse...

    Eventually we were on our way to Botswana but our troubles weren't over there. Most of us crossed the border trouble free but the Chinese needed to pay for their visas. Apparently they have changed their processes and you can only pay in the local currency, pula, not in South African Rand or US dollar, which is tricky as you can't get the currency outside of the country.

    With the card machine 'out of order' and the currency exchange office 'closed' our leader was stumped. Requests to be reasonable fell on deaf ears, so they drove to the nearest petrol station to see if they could help. They couldn't, but one of the Chinese was being very entrepreneurial and went around all the truck drivers going the other way changing as much as she could.

    Eventually they had enough and we left the border 4 hours after we arrived, so we didn't see much of the Kalahari desert and the poor newbies had their first experience of putting up their tents in the pitch black.
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  • Day9

    Tag 9: Grenze zu Botsuana

    January 13, 2017 in Botswana ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Wir haben das erste Land unserer Reise abgehackt 📍✅🇳🇦. Namibia war super schön und faszinierend von der Kultur und Landschaft her. Mir hat natürlich der Nationalpark am Besten gefallen da es für mich mein erster Gamedrive war:). Aber heute haben wir die Grenze nach Botsuana überlaufen. Ich schreibe überlaufen weil wir nicht mit dem Auto über die Grenze fahren durften weil man so Leute gegen ihren Willen über die Grenze bringen könnten. Also mussten wir im Regen eine lange Straße lang laufen um in Botsuana einreisen zu dürfen. Wir würde leider mit super schlechten Wetter hier empfangen:/ aber naja, wird bestimmt die nächsten Tage besser ☀️☺

    Am Abend könnte wir auf unserem Campingground einigen Bushman Leuten zugucken wie sie ihre Tänze und Traditionen durchführen. Wir haben natürlich kein Wort verstanden aber es sah schon interessant aus:)
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  • Day50

    I. AFR/BW - 13. Tag, Ghanzi

    October 18, 2016 in Botswana ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Heute ging es von Namibia nach Botswana, mein mittlerweile 45. Land ;)
    Die Fahrt von Windhoek bis an die Grenze war mit knapp 5-6h schon relativ lange, sodass wir mit den Grenzformalitäten und weiteren 2-3h Fahrt auch einen sehr langen Tag hatten (550 km) - allerdings sind hier die Straßen geteert, wesentlich besser, es ist viel grüner und nach dem Abendessen in Ghanzi gab es einen traditionellen Stammestanz der örtlichen San-Bevölkerung :)
    Die Nacht war auch mehr als interessant: erst gab es einen leichten Regenschauer, bevor richtig starker Wind aufkam und unser Zelt fast davonblasen und mit Sand füllen ließ - am nächsten Morgen war alles voller Sand :P
    Ghanzi selbst ist das Zentrum der Rinderzucht, des drittgrößten Industriezweigs Botswanas.

    Today we made our way from Namibia to Botswana, my 45th country now ;)
    The route from Windhoek to the border was already quite long with 5-6h so that we had a very long day (550 km) especially also considering the border formalities and another 2-3hrs drive - however, the roads here are normal, way better, it is a lot greener and after dinner in Ghanzi we could enjoy a traditional tribal dancing from the local San community :)
    The night was also more than interesting: we first had some light rain followed by strong winds which almost made our tent fly away and then filled it up with sand - the next morning everything was covered in sand :P
    Ghanzi itself is the centre of cattle farming, with beef being Botswana's third largest industry.
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Ghanzi District, Ghanzi

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