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  • Day5

    Nata Day 6

    April 12, 2017 in Botswana ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Today we left the Chobe River and after packing up our tents and breakfasting we headed south on the main road (that eventually leads to Gaberone). Hundreds of huge trucks parked on the side of the road waiting to clear customs at the Kasangula border post (it can take up to 2 weeks for them to get through!!).
    Dry flat country (although one huge irrigated sorghum farm) and occasional wild life. We saw a big bull elephant, some zebra and occasional buck. Reached our campsite at Nata Lodge early afternoon only to learn that our visit to the bird sanctuary was impossible because the roads were flooded. So plenty of R & R and relaxing around the pool during the afternoon. Sat and chatted after dinner and all had made the best of the circumstances
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    Stephen Marnoch

    Still loving the photos! The zebra are beautiful! I guess like in outback Aus a bit of rain can reek havok. Sorry to hear you missed the sanctuary.... but hey.... silver lining ... you all got to rest up a bit. Keep the posts coming and safe travels. Looks and sounds amaaaaaazing!!

    Andrew Deakin

    Great photos- have a experience of a life time. Take it all in !!!! Safe travels

    Lindy Deitz

    Awesome photos! Thank you for the update!

  • Day24


    June 30, 2010 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today, I entered my second African country, Botswana.
    It was the most painful day of the tour for the most part, travelling about 1000kilometres for the day.
    Nearly the whole day was consumed by driving along dirt roads.
    We also added 4 young Aussie guys onto the tour, which made things alot louder. They were nice enough guys, but not really my type of company.
    Our destination for the day eclipsed the unpleasantness of the journey.
    Our accomodation was to be a place called Elephant Sands, in the Nata region, slightly north of central Botswana.
    The name of this location was self explanatory; it was sandy plains, loaded with elephants. Our campsite itself was in the absolute wilderness.
    The exhilarating part, was as the sun set, elephants came from all directions to drink from the pool by the bar. The accommodation, whilst awesome looking, was impractical and caused me to have a long night..
    They were little chalets, but the connecting shower was open, with no roof, no mosquito nets, and no privacy... I put on a grand show for an elderly couple in the adjacent cabin im sure, as you could see right into where i showered.
    The evening was awesome. A great dinner, and wherever you walked, you could find elephants just meters away, within touching distance, drinking, breaking branches, or just hanging out!
    I lay down to sleep in awe of my surroundings. Outside my cabin, through the twig walls you could see the silhoutees of Elephants, not 5 metres away.
    From here things went downhill.. mosquitos invaded my hut... and with no mosquito net, or anywhere to hide, i was forced to vacate. Mosquitos flying into my ears, and likely brimming with Malaria, didnt sit well with me.
    I weaseled my way in through the back window of our bus, and slept there for the remaining 4 hours of the night... or at least tried to.
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  • Day18

    Von Maun nach Nata / Elephantsands

    May 8, 2018 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Heute morgen gab es eine klein Dorfbesichtigung .
    Der Ort heißt Chanoga . War sehr informativ habe den Guide richtig über das Schulsystem und Gesundheitswesen ausgefragt...
    Am Ende hatten wir viele Kleine Kinder um uns und durften eine kleine Spende für die Schule geben.
    Danach ging es durch Makadakilpan.
    Eine absolut flache Ebene wie im Emsland . Es stand viel Wasser da vom Regen im März. Das Wasser kann aufgrund des Salzes im Untergrund nicht versichern sondern muss verdunsten.
    Im Elephantsands Camp direkt an einem Wasserloch. Sind wir auch von Ihnen begrüßt worden.
    Nochmal wieder einen super Sonnenuntergangp....
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  • Day3


    September 14, 2015 in Botswana ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    Die Fahrt von Kasane nach Nata war toll! Erst sehen wir einen Elefanten, dann steht eine Giraffe am Strassenrand (so gross die Dinger auch sind, man sieht sie fast nicht!) und plötzlich jagt ein Löwe direkt am Strassenrand zwei Kudus (der Löwe hatte natürlich keine Chance)! Wow, wofür zahlen wir noch Eintritt in die Parks? ;-) Danach traute ich mich zwar kaum noch kurz hinters Büschchen...
    Auch der Trip in die zweitgrösste Salzpfanne der Welt, Makgadikgadi war unglaublich! Inkl. kitschigem Sonnenuntergang mit St.Louis (Nationalbier) und Savanna Dry (Apfelcider), und dem fiesen Geruch der tausenden Flamingos im Hintergrund.. :-)

    Etwas später in der Dunkelheit entdeckten wir zwei süsse Bushbabies - die sind übrigens nicht einfach zu sehen! Erstens sind sie sehr klein und zweitens sehr scheu. Ihren Namen haben sie, da ihre Rufe wie ein weinendes Baby klingen.
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