Botswana
Kasane

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  • Day5

    Day 5. Elephants without Borders

    October 1 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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  • Day4

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

    September 30 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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  • Day15

    Chobe National Park - Day 1

    October 7 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    What can I say, but border crossings in Africa is an adventure in itself. Traveling from Victoria Falls, Zambia to Chobe National Park in Botswana required a river border crossing by ferry. They are building a bridge (since 2014 - probably not complete for another couple of years) which will ease the traffic congestion but at the moment all transport has to cross by boat/ferry. This means they have to wait their turn. Average wait time - 2 weeks! Talk about chaos. We had to ditch the bus, unload the luggage, put it all on a a small boat with ourselves on another boat and cross the river. Load up another bus and off again. We are in Botswana!

    Not too far to Chobe Bush Lodge - again quite nice, where we had lunch then joined a river safari along the Chobe River. This time we saw a few new animals we had not previously seen such as the Cape Buffalo (one of the big 5), Nile crocodile, black sable antelope, and the Marabou stork (one of the ugly 5).

    There were lots of elephants too and at one point a group decided to cross the river, and we, along with dozens of other boats watched the spectacle which I think confused the elephants and they started moving around in circles. Plenty of photos and once again a lovely African sunset over the Chobe River this time.
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  • Day45

    Kasane, Botswana

    June 20, 2017 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    From Popa Falls we drove to Kasane in Botswana (easy border crossing) after another nearly full day of driving. There had been a minor fuel leak in one of the tanks that was getting worse (our mileage went from ~10km/liter to ~6.5) so we had to make a stop at a repair shop when we arrived in town. The shop that our rental operator had told us to go to appeared to be an empty warehouse. After a few calls back and forth, we drove around back to discover quite a busy place. They diagnosed that we had a crack in the fuel tank and were able to make a temporary fix (bonding it with some sort of compound) until we can get it welded in once we get to Lusaka, Zambia – a much larger town where we’ll be making other repairs/maintenance.
    Given repairs weren’t complete until dark, we opted to stay in a real bed in a local guesthouse. Very comfortable place located in a residential area of Kasane. Had a good sleep before our visit to Chobe for the next 10 days.
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  • Day16

    Amorous Lions and Boisterous Elephants

    October 8 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    The early morning game drive at Chobe was different to the ones at Kruger. At Kruger it was a private concession area so very few vehicles travelling around the park. At Chobe there were dozens of safari trucks so it was quite a lot busier.

    We are looking for the elusive leopard, the only one of the big 5 we have not seen yet, and the guide thought he had seen leopard prints on the track. Still no leopard but we did come across a pair of mating lions... and when I say mating, I mean we caught them in the act (along with about 20 other vehicles). No wonder he was quick about it - too many eyes watching him. (I have video but edited it somewhat)

    Moving on we came across herds of elephants along the river front when suddenly three or four teenage male elephants came rushing out of the bush, trumpeting and generally being boisterous . One of them had a go at a herd of impala, charging at them, waving his trunk and flapping his ears. Quite a sight. Every time we go on safari we see something different.
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  • Day7

    Zurück in Botswana - Chobe NP

    September 9 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Von Victoria Falls sind wir knapp 150 km zurück nach Botswana gefahren. Wir werden die nächsten zwei Tage im Chobe Nationalpark verbringen und dort auf zahlreiche Tierbegegnungen hoffen. 🦁🐘🦒
    Unser Lager schlagen wir diesmal in der Chobe Safari Lodge auf. Welch ein traumhafter Ort zum campen - direkt am Chobe River!Read more

  • Day8

    Boot Safari im Chobe NP

    September 10 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Nach einem Brunch stop in town startete nachmittags Safari Nummer 2 - diesmal mit dem Boot.
    Mit unserem Boot ging es stundenlang den Chobe Fluss entlang. Wie an der Perlenschnur aufgereiht, bekamen wir die Tiere zu sehen: Krokodile, Elefanten, Flusspferde, Antilopen, Wasserbüffel.
    Ein besonderes Highlight war definitiv das ca 6 Wochen alte Elefanten Baby. 🐘😍
    Ein bisschen fühlte sich das an wie im Europapark auf dem Floß. Nur, dass das hier alles echt ist und die Tiere alle friedlich miteinander leben. 🦛🐘🐃🦒🐊🦜
    Sensationell was wir an diesem Tag an Tieren gesehen haben. 🤩
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  • Day35

    Chobe National Park

    July 13, 2017 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Chobe National Park did not disappoint!

    After we finished our river safari we were picked up by a safari truck, we were taken to the front gates of Chobe National Park where we would begin our evening game drive. The game drive was expected to take about 3 hours getting us to our campsite within the park at about 6pm which is one of the better times to do a game drive because a lot of the animals are out and about at sunset or sunrise.

    We were so lucky, I am claiming it is the 'luck of the pangolin' we saw but we were hardly an hour into the drive when we saw not one but two leopards! It was a mother and it's cub, the cub was sitting near the base of the tree and the mother was sleeping up at the top of the tree. I could not believe it.

    We drove around for another hour or so, where we saw elephants, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, kudus, impala and various other animals.

    It was amazing how many animals we did see, when we first got onto the truck our guide asked us what we would like to see and the response was the typical big five animals. The guide told us that the big five was impossible because there were not rhinos in the park but he would try to get us what he calls the 'big four' - so far he has ticked of three of the big four with just the lion remaining.

    The guide told us that he was heading back to camp and would only stop for the big four animals, we probably drove five minutes before we saw a group of lioness' walking around. The lioness in the front of the pack was calling out to the other lioness' as she walked straight past our truck. We parked there far ages just watching them before our guide started getting nervous because of the time, if they don't get to camp by a certain time then get a fine. just down the road we saw about six lion cubs playing chase by the water.

    We continued driving back to camp, along the way we had to content with hundreds of elephants and then giraffes on the road. The roads were very bumpy and it was actually a reasonably scary drive, I was glad to make it to the camp that was for sure!

    The next morning we did another game drive, we were lucky to catch a glimpse of a caracal and a honey badger which are both extremely rare to see. We continued driving around and I could see our guide looking around as if he was expecting to see something, turns out he was tracking a leopard. The leopard was stalking impala at the time and as we stopped behind it the impala have seen the leopard. I thought that the impala would run away but instead they started 'barking' at it, letting all the other impala know that there was a predator in the area and chasing it away. I have never seen anything like it before it was amazing.
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  • Day39

    Chobe National Park

    July 17, 2017 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    I was excited to find out that we got to do another game drive in Chobe National Park with out new group because the last one was so good but this game drive wasn't anywhere near as good. I guess that is just the luck of game driving, sometimes you see animals, sometimes you don't!

  • Day40

    Thebe River Safaris Lodge

    July 18, 2017 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We arrived at lunch time, we set up our tents and then had lunch. The others were picked up my a truck to go on a river safari while a few of us remained at camp for the day.

    It was a much needed rest day, I helped Duncan peel potatoes for dinner then had a shower. The showers were clean and the water was hot so I really can't complain!Read more

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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