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Kanku Pan

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  • Day15

    Final game drive day

    July 7, 2017 in Botswana

    In keeping with our good fortune on this trip, we successfully tracked a leopard! And by 'successfully tracked a leopard' I mean that we spent 3 hours following tracks unsuccessfully before Muffin responded to another guide's radio call that a leopard was spotted!! Woohoo! Muffin sped to the spot in minutes and was willing to drive over trees to get us the best view of that leopard (who was on a hunt for red billed horn bills). Beautiful cat and it's amazing that anyone found it considering it's size and how well it blends in with it's surroundings! This game drive also gave us another steenbok, who obliged us with a few still seconds to get a photo, and a large herd of buffalo.
    Had a great lunch back at the lodge and took a nap during siesta.
    The afternoon game drive was a bit weak. Found a few kudu (bad picture below) and a sleeping female lion by breaking the rules and driving off-road. Other than that, pretty slow. Hyenas still did not behave tonight.
    Back at the lodge, buffalo and elephants were mingling at the water hole. We had a huge dinner (since they brought me the wrong dish first and then the right one after, both of which were great!) and then, after dessert, came out singing and trilling with a 'happy wedding anniversary' cake. It was lopsided and frozen and had very strange sour cream frosting on it, but we all felt obligated to eat some. 😁
    While eating a few week old elephant came to the watering hole. Sooo cute! 🐘
    Muffin (Maphani officially) has been great at going wherever he needs to to get us to the animals we want to see. His English isn't as good as Sello and Onx's, so he misses some of our (great!) jokes, but he is very nice and has done an excellent job. 👍 Staff at all the lodges have been very friendly and helpful.
    Tomorrow morning will be our last game drive in Botswana. On to the final leg of our trip tomorrow.
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  • Day13

    To Savute Elephant Camp - Chobe

    July 5, 2017 in Botswana

    Our morning game drive gave us 3 new animals, the reedbuck, the wildebeest and the hyena (who kindly led us down the road, looking back every few steps to make sure we were following!). Onx also educated us on termite mounds (way more interesting than you'd think) and regaled us with a poop-spitting competition between him and Jimmy (a 2nd guide). Yes, you read that correctly! They used antelope poop though it is much stickier than giraffe poop, the preferred ammunition for this contest. And now I officially know way more information about animal dung than I ever needed to!!
    Onx drove us to the airstrip (2 minutes away) and we said goodbye. He has a wonderful personality and we enjoyed our time with him.
    The pilot asked if I wanted the co-pilot seat and I jumped at the chance. We flew for 10 minutes before picking up 4 more passengers. Unfortunately, whether I sit in the front or the back, 8 seater planes don't agree with me. I got sick and it was miserable. Luckily, the 2nd leg of the flight was only 30 minutes. Just about 28 minutes too long!
    Our new guide, Muffin, picked us up at the airstrip and drove us the 1/2 hour to the Savute Lodge. Rooms are identical to the Kwhai River Lodge.
    We ate lunch (though I wasn't too hungry) and we went back to the rooms to relax. I fell asleep outside in the chaise lounge, only to be woken up by a squirrel (?) gnawing on my knee!!! Note to self, no sleeping outside here!
    I couldn't help but give the lodge manager, Steve, a hard time about the camp's attack squirrels. We asked that, in return, he make sure we saw a lion 🦁and cheetah 🐆 (the latter, rare in these parts) on our afternoon game drive. He promised to try. Before we left, he put out a wooden lion and cheetah for us. 😂
    BUT, wouldn't you know, we saw the lion (1 male sleeping) and 2 cheetah eating the tsessebe they had just killed!! It was awesome! We also saw ostrich, a Verreaux Eagle Owl, black-backed Jackal, a Kori bustard (huge land bird) and, to top it all off, an African wild cat! Way to go Muffin!
    We ate dinner (only soup and salad for me - still not feeling great and not a fan of lamb or pork) while watching elephants at the watering hole in front of the dining room. Then we relaxed in the room before bed.
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  • Day14

    Chobe National Park

    July 6, 2017 in Botswana

    Given our success yesterday, I placed my animal order with Muffin before we left for our am game drive: pride of lions and leopard. And wouldn't you know, we found a pride of 8 lions with their cubs (about 8-10 months)! It's almost lunchtime now, so stay tuned for a leopard update!
    We also saw a large herd of Eland and then, during siesta time, we had 7 elephants drinking from the watering hole right in front of our deck. Tried calling the kids to show them, but wifi is very spotty at all of these lodges and the video and call broke up alot.
    PM update...
    So, no luck with the leopards. We did get some wonderful photos of impala mock-fighting and a giraffe bending over to eat. We saw more steenbuk (tiny and adorable antelope who are too skittish to get good pictures of!) And we saw spring hares (bunnies with long tails who hop like kangaroos). We had some incredible views of the animals like one would see in a safari magazine. No complaints! The terrain here is interesting, dry grass spotted with burnt logs and short trees (really bushes). We tried to see young hyena at their den but they didn't cooperate with the 6:30 curfew (our curfew in the park, that is). We did get a sundown drink and snack in the park - off the front of the Jeep - before heading back to the lodge. (Corn nuts are awesome btw!)
    Back at the lodge we watched a large group of elephants, all ages, from our deck before dinner.
    When we went up to dinner, the lodge manager greeted us and told us that they had set up a private dinner for the 4 of us in the boma (a traditional Botswanese courtyard with a central log fire where, historically, court or mediation was held). It was really nice. We were served dinner there just as we would have in the dining room but sat side by side around the fire. Time to relax and get to bed. 😊
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  • Day60

    Kaum war die Sonne aufgegangen, ging es auch direkt los auf die nächste Safari-Tour in den Chobe Nationalpark - immerhin mussten wir zu unserem nächsten Campingplatz und der war 85 km entfernt! Nunja, in Botsuana bedeuten 85 km nunmal eben gute 5 Stunden Fahrzeit. Das liegt insbesondere an den sandigen Pisten und hier heißt das eben Tiefsand, der nur langsam befahren werden kann. Dazu kommen dann noch die gelegentlichen Elefanten, die vor einem plötzlich aus dem Wald stolpern und zum Abbremsen zwingen.

    Aber für die riesigen Elefantenherden und den allgemeinen Tierreichtum ist Chobe schließlich auch bekannt. Nur in diesem Jahr will es nicht so richtig. Die vielen Regenfälle haben dafür gesorgt, dass die Tiere überall im Park genug Wasser finden und sich somit nur in geringerer Zahl den Touristen zeigen. Aber trotzdem gibt es noch genug Elefanten, so dass wir am Nachmittag bei einer Pirschfahrt in eine Elefantenherde geraten und eine halbe Stunde warten müssen bis sie weitergelaufen sind und der Weg wieder frei ist. Nachdem uns noch ein paar weitere Elefantenherden den Weg versperrt haben und wir immer wieder Umwege fahren mussten, haben wir abends noch eine große Gruppe ans Wasserloch kommen und dort baden sehen.

    Zurück im Camp haben wir uns auf unsere erste Nacht in der Wildnis eingestellt. Erstmals keine Zäune um den Platz und mitten im Raubtier- bzw. Elefantengebiet. Was, wenn uns ein Löwe für ein geeignetes Abendessen hält? Solange das Feuer am Campingplatz brennt und dieser gut beleuchtet ist, ist das kein Problem wurde uns gesagt. Also haben wir für schöne Licht gesorgt und in der Tat: die einzigen Besucher, die wir nachts hatten, waren Eichhörnchen, Vögel und eine Ratte, die den Weg ins Auto gefunden und fast unseren Permit für die nächsten Campingplätze und Nationalparks gefressen hat. Wenn das mal nicht Wildnis pur ist!

    Am nächsten Morgen durften wir dann erst mal das Chaos der Ratte beseitigen und haben so ein paar große männliche Löwen verpasst… So ist halt die Natur…
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