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    • Aug1

      KASANE - Chobe Riverfront

      August 1, 2021 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Chobe NP
      Der 1967 etablierte Chobe National Park ist mit 10’698 km² der drittgrösste des Landes – und der wildreichste. Im Naturschutzgebiet finden sich verschiedene Ökosysteme, von dichten Flusswäldern und Sümpfen am Linyanti und Chobe im Norden bis zu den offenen Grassavannen von Savuti im Südwesten.
      Von Kasane aus erkundeten wir die tierreiche Chobe Riverfront per Flusssafari und dem Jeep entlang des östlichen Ufers.
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      das isch ja wi im zoo😅 eifach no viu viu besser😍

      Fredi Keller

      Ja, es isch idrücklech au die Tier i irem natürleche Läbensrum beobachte ds chönne. Hie isch dr Mönsch „dr Exot“!

    • Day19

      Bootsfahrt und Entertainment

      November 13, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      15:30 Uhr fuhren wir mit Laki zum Bootsanleger für unsere Sundowner-Tour. Wir stiegen in ein kleineres Boot und waren mit unserem 6er-Trüppchen sogar unter uns. Und Laki selbst war auch unser bootsführender Guide. Welch ein Luxus! Wir hatten somit jeder genug Platz zum fotografieren.
      Er steuerte das Boot um die Insel im Fluss. Kleine und große Krokodile, Wasserböcke und eine Menge Wasserbüffel bekamen wir zu Gesicht. Auch natürlich viele Hippos, einer graste sogar, die anderen tummelten sich im Wasser.
      Die Sonne sahen wir zwar wegen der Wolken nicht untergehen, aber es war toll!
      Zurück in der Lodge teilte uns das obligatorische Empfangskomitee mit, dass es vor dem Dinner ein kleines Programm mit landestypischem Gesang und Tanz geben würde, anschließend ein ebenfalls landestypisches Buffet. Wir genossen den Abend, gingen aber diesmal zeitig zu Bett, da es morgen wieder 5 Uhr losgeht!
      Was für ein vollgepackter tollerTag!
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    • Day4

      Day 4. Kasane: game-viewing from jeep& b

      September 30, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

      It was an early start this morning as we wanted to be at the Sedudu Gate for the 6.00am opening. A warm drink and a rusk started our day before we walked to Reception in the red-tinged dawn to board our park vehicles.

      It was a cold ride but we there on time and we warmed up as the sun rose. None of the elephants or giraffe of yesterday but we did see hippo and their babies grazing on the land adjacent to the Chobe River. Again we were fortunate to see two different lion prides (something not seen by last year’s Oxley students). Yesterday’s concern for a large sick elephant we found lying on the ground proved to be this morning’s meal for a lion pride.

      In this morning’s drive we saw some different species, including fish eagles, drongos, vultures, alarmed baboon troop and some warthogs. There were several mother and baby combinations of grazing hippos. After a stop in a ‘Stretch Point’ we slowly headed back to the Sedudu Park Gate, seeing groups of male and then female kudus on the way.

      Back at Thebie River Camp by 9.30 we enjoyed a late breakfast prepared by Munya. After that we had a lazy morning as the temperatures climbed toto the mid-30s. Some washed clothes, some played football, and all swam and adjourned to the restaurant for a cool drink. Lunch followed at 1.00 with more R&R until we left for our river cruise mid-afternoon.

      Our pontoon craft, after checking in to the park boat office, slowly explored the banks of the Chobe River. We got close to hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, lechwe, waterbuck, maribou storks and a pair of solitary elephants (where had all of yesterday afternoon’s gone?). As the sun dropped we completed our circumnavigation of Sedudu Island and followed the Namibian bank waiting for the sunset to develop. And it was worth the effort!

      We were picked up by Bheki and Brian and returned to camp to find Tempe Adams of Elephants without Borders visiting us. Tempe joined us for dinner before leaving to take up her shift with a new arrival in the baby elephant orphanage.

      It had been a hot day (37C) but a good one. The country had celebrated their 52nd Botswana Independence Day and we had seen a beautiful part of Africa.
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      Kate Psarakis

      Wow! Amazing. How wonderful for the kids.


      Thankyou for the post. Love the pics!


      Wonderful to follow! Thank you. Looks fantastic!


      Just an amazing experience!

    • Day20

      Zu guter letzt ...

      November 14, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Zum Mittag versetzte uns eine Email unseres Reise Veranstalters etwas in Aufregung. Die SAA (South African Airways) streicht morgen und übermorgen den Großteil der Flüge. Wir wurden aber bereits umgebucht, müssen nun morgen von Kasane nach Jo-burg (wie geplant), dann aber über Doha nach Frankfurt, sind somit gut 5 Stunden mehr unterwegs. Na hoffentlich klappt das so und unser Gepäck kommt dann auch mit uns an..
      Aber davon lassen wir uns den letzten Tag hier nicht vermiesen! Zumal die Sonne es heute wieder gut mit uns meint 😎.
      Wir machten am Nachmittag mit Laki wieder eine Bootstour. Dazu entschlossen wir uns, weil es auf dem Wasser angenehmer war. Diesmal nahmen wir erstmal Speed auf, führen weiter als gestern. Hippos, Kaffernbüffel, Krokodile. Ein Fischadler beim fressen zuschauen, sogar Löwen sahen wir vom Wasser aus! 👍 Es war einfach nur toll.
      Zum Schluss entdeckte Sören sogar eine im Wasser schwimmende Puffotter zur Freude von Thomas. Zurück gab Laki ordentlich Speed, damit wir bei besserem Licht noch die Hyänenkinder besuchen konnten. Diese haben wir gestern abend schon einmal in einem Erdloch gesehen. Heute waren zwei von Ihnen draußen. Jung sehen sie noch einigermaßen hübsch aus☺️.
      Den Abend genießen wir bei Vollmond und Rotwein 🤗
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      Reptile Man

      Schönheit liegt im Auge des Betrachters! ich finde auch die Adults hübsch!

    • Day5

      Day 5. Elephants without Borders

      October 1, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      It was luxury to lie in bed this morning and watch the sky colours change. The camp slowly came to life as everyone caught up on the sleep they had missed since leaving Australia. Breakfast was at 8.00 on a mild morning but the temperature is due to rise.

      After breakfast we did a bit of laundry before leaving the campground. We bought water for the day before moving to the nearby Elephants without Borders compound at Kasangula.

      We were welcomed by Old Oxleyan, Tempe Adams, and later met her bosses Kelly Landon and Mike Chase. Immediately we were split into groups with one group observing a 6 week-old elephant orphan being fed while the students met the 3 older orphans, Tuli, Panda and Morelo.

      Tempe gave us a PowerPoint talk about the activities in which EWB is involved and also her own role in the small but important NGO. There was so much more diverse activity than anyone realised! Which made it all the more significant when Tempe was presented with $2141 raised by the Year 9s to be spent as EWB saw fit. Yanni made a confident presentation speech and the EWB staff were amazed at the efforts involved.

      Afterwards, the two groups roles were reversed: followed by lunch sitting on the lawn.

      EWB has been given a large riverside land grant to reforest and establish a Chobe Culture and Wildlife Centre. There are plans for a Culture centre, a board walk, teaching areas, reforestation, threatened species care (the Chobe bushbuck) and educational programmes. A visitor last week was Prince Harry who is a close friend of Dr Mike Chase of EWB. We drove to the site and watered the 250 trees planted by local school children at the time of Harry’s visit. Harry had planted a small baobab and we followed suit in our own area, planting 6 trees representing the six Oxley houses. Afterwards we celebrated this little part of ‘Oxley in Botswana ‘ with a photo at Harry’s baobab.

      We left the property late afternoon, bought water in the supermarket, and returned Thebe River Camp. Dinner followed, where we were joined again by Tempe, before she headed off again to mind a baby elephant.

      It had been a different - but most rewarding - day, enjoyed and absorbed by all.
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      Kate Psarakis

      What a wonderful experience. So great that the kids were getting their hands dirty and joining in.


      Well done Yanni for his speech. It’s so fantastic to know What an amazing experience they’re having and to be able to read about it and see the photos 😀



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    • Day123


      November 8, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Nicole und Bernd sind heute zu den VicFalls. Wir nutzen den Tag für einige Erledigungen und versuchen die Ihaha Campsite im Chobe zu buchen. Leider fully booked ☹️.

      Abends befolgen wir Campsite Regel Nr .3 und sehen tatsächlich Elefanten am Wasserloch.

      RULE 3: YOU MUST TRY OUR G&T-- It is elephantastic! The more you drink the more animals you will see. So if you see nothing, then it is because you did not try our Gin and Tonic!
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      Schön euch alle so happy zu sehen 🤗😘

    • Day5

      Vorfreude und Aufregung vor Selbstfahren

      October 18, 2021 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Wir haben gut geschlafen und bekommen ein nettes kleines Frühstück. Ich habe mir irgendwo eine Magenverstimmung eingefangen - vielleicht ist es auch die Aufregung vor dem großen Abenteuer. Um 9:00 kommt einer von Bushlore und bringt uns zum Auto. Wir bekommen eine ausführliche Einweisung ( Zelt, 4x4-Fahren, wie kann ich das Auto aus tiefem Sand befreiten). Ich bemängle noch das Profil der Hinterreifen, die daraufhin gewechselt werden. Zudem wird noch an der Batterie rumgebastelt und eine Dichtung am Vorderrad muss noch getauscht werden. Wir ziehen erst mal mit einem Ersatzwagen zum Supermarkt und kaufen für die nächsten 10 Tage Fitter und Trinken ein.Read more

    • Day2

      Tarde de Safari en Chobe

      November 23, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

      Y después de un almuerzo estupendo en uno de las lodges de Kasane, visita en Jeep del Parque Nacional de Chobe, donde además jirafas, elefantes y más Impalas.... por fin he conseguido ver Leones !!!. Era el unico big 5 que me quedaba después del Kruger, y hoy hemos estado a centímetros de 2 leones macho que estaban durmiendo plácidamente la siesta.Read more


      ¿Mejor el crucero por el río o la tarde de safari? ¿Cuál te gustó más?


      Los safaris son siempre más espectaculares, pero esos los puedes hacer en otros sitios. El crucero es bastante original y te da una perspectiva distinta. Casi el crucero.

    • Day9

      Abreisetag Zovu Elephant Lodge

      February 18 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Der letzte Tag auf der Zovu Elephant Lodge beginnt erfrischend kühl mit einem leichten Regenschauer. Ich sitze alleine in der Stille und beobachte den Sonnensufgang im leichten Nieselregen. Die Hippos grunzen in der Ferne.Read more

    • Day19

      Chobe National Park Game Drive

      March 13 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      This morning we were all up before sunrise. It was one of our final game drive days so today we were all hoping to see one of the big cats up close.
      We dropped our washing off off at the reception of the lodge at 7am, then headed about 1km down the road to Chobe National Park and after checking all our details with the security lodge we hit the dirt tracks and started exploring.
      Within 500 meters we came across a group of atleast 100 impala’s, we had to drive so slowly because they were on the dirt road and just gently moved to the side as we edged our way through, then we came across warthog with babies and then fish eagles just resting on branches.
      We came to a junction and took the right hand turning which took us along the edges of the River Chobe, almost straight away we saw hippos. Hundreds of them and these ones were very active and we all got great photos. We passed through groups of thousand’s of impala, and then we came to elephants. There were also hundreds of all sizes and ages including 2 really small babies.
      We stopped for a late breakfast, and made some rolls and rice crackers and the monkeys came to us straight away and Pieter spent most of the time chasing them with a rubber snake which was hilarious. The monkeys ended up looking very sad.
      Then it was back to the dirt roads and we found a black backed Jackel eating a fresh kill of warthog, infact only the head was left so we knew the jackel hadn’t killed it and he looked very nervous and kept looking up ready to run, the only thing that could have killed that warthog was lions. The hunt began.
      After an hour of driving around in the blazing hot sun with all the windows open, we were all cooking up and were about to give up when we came across another car and they told us if some lions down on the river road where we had been this morning.
      Back we went, passing giraffes, huge elephants, hippos and thousands more impalas. We drove and drove and finally we found a huge male lion resting under a tree. At first he was just sitting there, panting hard and looking hot. We edged closer and closer and when we were within 15 feet of him, the lion relaxed and fell asleep with us right next to him. We could actually hear him breathing and see the grass blades moving as he breathed out, every now and then his tail would swish. We sat with him for an hour completely alone.
      Finally we had done it, we had found a big cat. And he was a really big cat, our trip was complete but not over because of course when we get home and people ask where did you go? And we say Africa, they will ask “Did you see any lions?”.
      It was now 3pm in the afternoon and we were miles into the national park and it was time to head back. Once again we drove through thousands of impala’s, passed the hippos, saw a few dozen giraffes and passed some angry elephants and even found a heard of Sable, which are super rare and just after 6pm we finally drove out of the gates.
      It had been an amazing day for animal sightings.
      We collected our washing from reception and couldn’t believe the price. Mine,Ellies and Becky’s washing came to £7.50. Finally we had clean clothes and after watching the sunset with a beer in hand we all showered and put in clean clothes and headed out to an Indian restaurant Pieter had recommended and we had an amazing meal and a few more drinks reminiscing about the animals we had seen today.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Kasane, کاسان، بوتسوانا, BBK, カサネ, 카사네, Касане, 卡薩內

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