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    • Day14

      Maun & Okavango Delta

      April 25 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Unser nächster Stopp ist Maun. Hier werden wir für eine Nacht bleiben, bis es direkt ins Okavango Delta geht, für unseren letzten Campingtrip. Um uns einen ersten Überblick zu verschaffen, gab es am Nachmittag einen einstündigen Rundflug inklusive Sonnenuntergang 🥰
      Wir haben Elefanten, Giraffen, Nilpferde, Zebras und viele andere Kleintiere gesehen.
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      Toll sieht das aus, freu mich schon, was du zu erzählen hast. genieße es👍🤗🤗


      Oh man sind das immer tolle Fotos und sicherlich unvergessliche Erlebnisse. Ich liebe ja Afrika und habe gleich Fernweh bekommen …..

    • 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!

    • 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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    • Day12

      Day 12 (Day 1 Sedie JSS)

      October 8, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

      We were determined to be on time for our first school day so the wake up call was 5.30, with breakfast at 6.00. By 7.00 our transport had arrived and dressed in our Oxley sports uniform we climbed aboard our trucks for the 45 minute drive to Sedie School. To avoid the morning rush hour traffic we took a couple of ‘long cuts’ on unpaved roads but we were on time.

      Once at Sedie Junior Secondary School we were ushered into a nearby staff room where we received a formal welcome to Sedie, to Mathiba Primary School and to Maun. In attendance were the Heads of both schools, a representative of the Ministry of Education, a parent and several staff. When the guests departed, our ‘buddies’ entered the room and we individually made their acquaintance.

      After that we went on a tour of the school, visiting the computer room, the library, kitchens, Home Economics and Art rooms.

      After a morning break students went with their buddies to class while the staff talked to the Head of Sedie, Mrs Senatla Mokobele.

      At midday, we somewhat haphazardly used transport to get to the Nhabe Museum in town where we were shown around by the curator. Afterwards we had lunch sitting in the shade in the museum grounds.

      From the museum we were transferred to the Maun kgotla where we were welcomed to Maun by 3 important chiefs. The conversation broadened as some good questions were asked and the chiefs warmed to the occasion. It became a most interesting session.

      We were picked up from the kgotla and taken into town to buy water (plus). It had been a long day by the time we got into camp.

      However, everyone perked up as they began to listen to our esteemed visitor, the world-renowned rhino conservationist, Map Ives. We sat out in the open in front of the restaurant, in the cool of the evening and found his talk fascinating. Oxley asked plenty of questions and got some interesting responses.

      Map left us before dinner which we ate in the restaurant. A de-brief of the day followed ( a lot of good things occurred: other aspects need to be re-assessed).

      We had no problem directing all to their tents at 9.30.
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      Really appreciating these updates Peter as you already have a busy time so taking time to do this is fabulous. Thankyou

    • Day15

      Day 15 Our last school day

      October 11, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

      The Delta Rain vehicles were being used for many different activities this morning - ferrying us to Sedie as well as collecting tour groups from the delta - so to accommodate all that our transport left Sitatunga Camp at 7.00 am. We were at Sedie in time to join the morning assembly which lasted about 10 minutes.

      After that we, and our Sedie buddies, and a couple of teachers, climbed aboard a bus organised by the school and drove across town to visit the Delta Waters International School (a private school with about 800 primary and 170 secondary students, including some boarders).

      We were made extremely welcome at the school at an assembly which included speeches, some marimba music and some singing. The quality was extremely high. From the assembly we broke up into 4 groups who were exposed to different activities - traditional Setswana games, conservation club, science and basketball.

      There is much in common between Oxley and Delta Waters. Both were established by small groups of parents wanting a local alternative to sending their children away to boarding schools.. Both took on great financial risk at the beginning. Delta Waters has developed a little oasis in the harsh Botswanan Kalahari with green lawns, playing fields and a swimming pool.

      We arrived back at Sedie JSS by midday and found a shady spot for lunch. After that we met up with our buddies in the hall and sat in discussion groups to get to know each other better. A lively conversation hum soon started.

      By 1.30 our transport had arrived and we spent an hour in town, with most looking at the curio stalls for momentos of their visit. Back at Sitatunga Camp we had a lazy afternoon, swimming, playing volleyball or using the wifi. Dany Hancock, of Rides on the Wildside (tomorrow’s horse ride), came by to say hello.

      Refreshed, we were ready for the Farewell BBQ put on by Sedie JSS.. In 2 vehicles we returned to school where tables had been laid out in a quadrangle. We were joined by our buddies and their parents. Speeches were made and prayers said, and the meal followed. It was a good way to end our visit to the school. Many friendships had started and others renewed.

      Back at camp we had a short briefing to let everyone know what was happening on our final full day in Botswana. And then it was time for bed. Our visit to the schools had ended on a high note.
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      Kate Psarakis

      Wonderful to visit another school, and for the Oxley students to spend so much time with their Buddies.


      Hi Kate. All is fantastic!!

      Kate Psarakis

      Hi Steve, Pete’s blog and photos have been wonderful updates for us. Looks like another incredible adventure! Enjoy the last few day. See you soon,


      Thanks for the updates - great to get the detail.

    • 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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    • 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!

    • 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“!

    • Aug10


      August 10, 2021 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Die im offenen Gelände, in totaler Abgeschiedenheit und bei absoluter Dunkelheit verbrachte Übernachtung war wirklich eine Besonderheit.
      Nach einem reichhaltigen Frühstück ging es weiter in die Salzpfanne hinein und anschliessend nach Gweta ins Planet Baobab Camp.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.


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