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    • Day 4

      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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    • Day 5

      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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    • Day 17


      June 11, 2023 in Botswana ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      Seit gestern sind wir in Botswana und haben dort unser Auto zurückgegeben. Heute haben wir unsere letzten Safaris für diesen Urlaub im Chobe Nationalpark gehabt. Gerade die Bootssafari war hier nochmal sehr schön anzuschauen, weil wir Elefanten beim Schwimmen und Spielen beobachten konnten 😍 Morgen geht es weiter nach Simbabwe, wo wir uns die Victoria Falls anschauen ☺️Read more

    • Day 10


      August 3, 2022 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Heute ging die wilde Fahrt weiter nach Botswana. Und als Europäer müssen wir sagen, das Schengen-Abkommen ist echt eine super Sache. Man weiß gar nicht mehr, wie das vorher war. Hier jedenfalls mussten wir erst mal ein namibisches Ausreiseformular ausfüllen und die Ausreiseerlaubnis fürs Auto nullen lassen. Für die Wiedereinreise müssen wir dann wohl eine neue kaufen. Nach den beiden Stationen und ner halben Stunde später konnten wir ein paar Hundert Meter weiter fahren und uns im botswanischen Einreisebüro anstellen. Zuerst den Impfnachweis vorzeigen und Schuhe desinfizieren. Hier nehmen die das mit Covid ziemlich ernst und wir holten auch die Masken raus. Mit dem Auto sind wir übrigens auch durch ein Desinfektionsbecken gefahren. Die Frau vom Einreisebüro war leider sehr unfreundlich, einsilbig und dadurch schwer zu verstehen. Irgendwann hatten wir unseren Stempel und mussten dann noch Geld zahlen, um das Auto einzuführen. Das kommt glaub ich nochmal auf dem Rückweg. Überhaupt kann ich schon gar nicht mehr zählen, wie oft wir das Kennzeichen vom Auto irgendwo eingetragen haben. Paar Meter weiter im Chobe Nationalpark gleich schon wieder. Naja, wir sind gut in unserer Unterkunft Sandpiper Villas in Kasane angekommen, die tatsächlich ganz luxuriös daher kommt.

      Wir haben heute den nachmittäglichen Game Drive in den Chobe mitgemacht und wieder einiges gesehen. Eine einzelne Löwin döste während der Sonne noch in der Nähe des Flusses. Als wir auf dem Rückweg nochmal vorbeifuhren und es etwas kälter wurde, wachte sie langsam auf und schritt an allen Autos majestätisch vorbei, als würde sie das alles nicht interessieren. Soooo schön.

      Morgens soll hier noch mehr los sein. Wir werden dann wohl an unserem Abreisetag noch die Morning-Tour machen. Zum Glück müssen wir danach nicht weit fahren.
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    • Day 16

      Auf zu den Viktoria Wasserfällen

      August 5, 2023 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Nach einem schönen Abend geht es jetzt zur letzten Etappe, wieder ein Grenzübergang.
      Nach ca. 90 Minuten, 60 Euro und gefühlten 100 mal abgestempelt (können nur ahnen, was alles gestempelt wird) dürfen wir endlich in Simbabwe einreisen.
      Nach einer guten haben Stunde sind wir an den Wasserfällen angekommen und staunen nur noch.
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    • Day 68

      Back to Botswana!

      July 13, 2023 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      We didn’t sleep particularly well. It was cold, and there were noisy hippos in the river a few feet from our tent! We had a long driving day ahead of us today to reach Chobe National Park about 9 hours away, so we didn’t linger long over breakfast. We packed up quickly and were on the road by 7.45am.

      The road out of Namibia to a different border crossing with Botswana was long and straight, with little other than dry bush to look at. We had a couple of bushy bushy stops and then stopped for a 90-minute lunch break in the last big town in Namibia, Katima Mulilo. It looked like a lively place with a market and plenty of shops. We just had time to have lunch (chicken wraps with chips) in a café with good internet and go to the supermarket to pick up snacks to top up our snack bag and a couple of bottles of red for Mark. While we were checking the internet, we read that newsreader and BBC stalwart Huw Edwards is in bother over paying for explicit photos! Why would someone with such a high profile risk everything for a few kicks??

      After lunch, we drove 40 minutes to the border with Botswana to cross over for the second time in as many days. We have thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks in Namibia. It is a vast country. There is still a lot to see here. Perhaps we’ll come back one day!

      At the border, we exited Namibia with no difficulties. As we entered Botswana, they didn’t need us to fill in any forms, so we assumed we would be granted entry very quickly. This turned out not to be the case. We each had to get every pair of shoes we had on the truck and put them through a trough of disinfectant! Nobody seemed sure why, but, of course, we complied without complaint.

      At the border, there were some enormous baobab trees which I managed to get some sneaky photos 📸 of through the truck 🚚 window 🪟 😀.

      Once we were across the border at Ngoma, we were driving through a forested area. Before long, we were seeing lots of wildlife including:

      • A huge herd of elephants
      • Lots of zebra
      • Several warthogs
      • Bandit mongoose
      • Kudu

      We were driving too fast to take photos, but it bodes well for tomorrow morning’s game drive!

      We arrived at our campsite, Thebe River Lodge, at about 5pm. We were pitched right next to the river behind an electric fence. It was a long, complicated walk from our area to the nearest facilities. We are here for two nights, so we decided to ask about an upgrade. We haven’t done it yet on this leg of the trip and, after several freezing cold nights, it seemed like a good idea. We got a large private double room with ensuite for £54 a night. It was so worth it! The first thing I did when we had brought our stuff from the truck was to have a lovely hot shower, the best one I’d had since leaving Cape Town!

      The wifi worked in our room, so we spent the time before dinner catching up on some posts. For dinner, Henry had cooked pork stir fry with rice. It was very good. After dinner, we went back to our room and listened to Jeremy Vine discussing the Huw Edwards case. He seems to be getting a lot of public sympathy, with most callers criticising The Sun for reporting the story when no criminal laws were broken.
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    • Day 6

      From Zambia to Zimbabwe to Namibia

      October 31, 2022 in Botswana ⋅ 🌩️ 32 °C

      (Deutsch weiter unten)
      In the meantime, the group has arrived and the safari starts. We drive from Livingstone to Kazungula where we cross the border to Botswana. It's an experience of its own. We visit three different counters to get our clearance for entering Botswana. For our Toyota Landcruiser it's even more difficult though – or for Mannex since the car doesn't take care of its own business. So Mannex goes from counter to counter, up the stairs, come down again, leaves the building, walks behind it, comes back, goes from counter to counter again… and so on.
      In the meanwhile, we are sitting in the car, watching the «show» a bit worried. But since Mannex smiles at us each time he passes the car again, we decide to take it in good humor. We are almost laughing tears each time we discover another parallel to Asterix and Obelix chasing after «passing permit A38».
      After our car is finally clear to enter Botswana and as we make our way towards Ngoma, we encounter an African roadblock shortly afterward: A herd of elephants is crossing the road. Fascinating!
      A bit later we reach Ngoma and cross the border to Namibia which was a very fast process and soon Mannex announced «Welcome to Namibia!».
      Soon we arrive at Caprivi Houseboat Lodge where the two additional guides, Oscar and James, as well as our first lunch of this safari trip await us: Spaghetti Bolognese 👍
      I marvel at strawberries, mangos and papayas, and we sit quietly at the Zambezi River, letting our eyes wander yearningly across the water.
      We don't have much time though – we still have to reach our camp by daylight to build up our tents for the first time.

      Die Gruppe ist mittlerweile angekommen und die Safari beginnt. Wir fahren von Livingstone nach Kazungula und überqueren dort die Grenze zu Botswana. Das ist ein Erlebnis für sich. Wir stehen an drei verschiedenen Schaltern an, bis wir endlich «gecleart» sind, um nach Botswana einzureisen. Für unseren Toyota Landcruiser ist das aber noch viel komplizierter. Also für Mannex. Mannex geht geduldig von Schalter zu Schalter und wieder zurück, in den oberen Stock, nach draussen, geht ums Haus, kommt zurück, geht wieder von Schalter zu Schalter, und so weiter.
      Wir sitzen derweil im Auto und sind etwas besorgt. Gibt es ein Problem? Mannex winkt uns jedoch jedes Mal fröhlich zu, wenn er wieder mal an uns vorbeiläuft. Darum nehmen wir's mit Humor und lachen fast Tränen, wenn wir wieder eine Parallele entdecken zu Obelix und Asterix auf der Jagd nach dem Passierschein A38.
      Schliesslich ist auch unser Fahrzeug «clear» und wir fahren Richtung Ngoma als wir plötzlich auf einen African Roadblock stossen: Eine Herde Elefanten überquert die Strasse. Einfach nur eindrücklich.
      Etwas später kommen wir in Ngoma an und überqueren die Grenze zu Namibia. Das ging ruckzuck und schon hiess es «Welcome to Namibia!».
      Schon bald kommen wir bei der Caprivi Houseboat Lodge an, wo uns die zwei weiteren Guides Oscar und James sowie unser erstes Mittagessen dieser Reise erwarten: Spaghetti Bolognese 👍 Wir staunen über Erdbeeren, Mangos, Papayas und blicken sehnsüchtig über den Zambezi River.
      Wir haben jedoch nicht viel Zeit, denn wir müssen heute noch unser erstes Camp erreichen – und aufbauen natürlich.
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    • Day 14

      Früh raus

      August 7, 2022 in Botswana ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

      Nach dem, was wir von anderen im Vorfeld so mitbekommen haben, gibts im Chobe gut Löwen und Leoparden zu sehen. Also haben wir uns zur heutigen Morning-Tour angemeldet. Leoparden gabs wieder nicht zu sehen, dafür erneut ein paar Löwinnen. Allerdings war es hier sehr anstrengend, da unglaublich viele Touren im Chobe unterwegs sind und ein regelrechter Kampf um die besten Plätze stattfindet. Eigentlich, wenn man drüber nachdenkt, schon ein komisches Konzept, mit Autos in Nationalparks zu fahren und Tieren hinterher zu jagen.Read more

    • Day 21

      Elephants Sands

      October 21, 2019 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 38 °C

      After a long, boring, hot drive, we arrived at Elephant Sands Lodge. Its 2 km off the highway, and has permanent tents and cabins. The restaurant, bar and lodge area was set up to view elephants by putting a watering trough about 15 m. away from the viewing area. A barrier of low sharp rocks and spikes protect the tourists. We watched them for 3 hours before dinner and another hour after dinner. There were 20-30 elephants and they were constantly moving around, jockeying for position. Occasionally there would be snorting and trumpeting. A mother and baby that was perhaps less than a year old came to the watering hole and after about 10 minutes the other elephants allowed the baby to get into the centre for a big long drink, apparently it may have been still learning to use its trunk to drink with. During the night, we were woken up by elephants walking right beside our tent (like a soft sided house on a raised platform) and so we watched them for half an hour and then got up at 5:30am and watched them again, as well as the gorgeous sunrise. Its a one-of-a-kind place to stay!Read more

    • Day 45

      Kasane, Botswana

      June 20, 2017 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      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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