Nyungwe Irrigation Scheme

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  • 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.

    Tracie Inman

    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 😀

    Roz Chapman


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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.

    Nicole Allan

    Thankyou for the post. Love the pics!

    Roz Chapman

    Wonderful to follow! Thank you. Looks fantastic!

    Kim de Montemas

    Just an amazing experience!

  • Day21

    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

  • Day45

    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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    Denise Higginbotham

    Hi Christy and John I'm loving all your travel stories esp after meeting you in Moremi. We are safely home in very cold Cape Town but am reliving everything through your blog. Enjoy it all. Denise

    Lucinda Ayers

    What do you do with the Land Rover and all your gear when you stay in a guest house in town? Did you leave it locked up in the repair shop or is it safe to leave on the street?

    Danella Rennie

    Finally caught up on all your fantastic travels, so jealous!!! I wouldn't be brave enough to do this but I am living vicariously through you both. Keep it coming I am loving it.

  • Day12

    Dag 12 - Tot siens

    March 25, 2018 in Botswana ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Dit is tyd om te groet. Vandag ry meeste van ons toerlede terug in die rigting van die huis - Suid-Afrika - oor Francistown en Palapye. Enkeles ry Namibië om, met nog avontuur wat wag. Vir oulaas eet ons saam ontbyt, deel koffie om die kampvuur en probeer die minute uitrek. Stories en herinneringe word ingepak saam met kampgoed (alhoewel iemand se stukkende kampstoel agterbly), en die voertuie verlaat die kampterrein een vir een.

    Lus om saam met Weg op toer te gaan? Kyk op na al ons toere regoor Suider-Afrika.
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    Baie dankie vir 'n ongelooflike lekker toer, ons het dit baie geniet!!

  • 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

  • Day11

    Dag 11 - Chobe- nasionale park

    March 24, 2018 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Vandag: teeltroppe rooibok van honderd sterk, visarende, waterlikkewane, olifante wat uit die bosse verskyn soos skimme, olifante wat in die water speel soos kinders, olifante wat stil verbyseil soos skepe, 'n leeuwyfie alleen op pad, buffels, koedoes, poekoes, waterbokke, kameelperde, swartreier, witreier, ralreier, groenrugreier. Die wolke wat stapels maak op die horison. Die glimlagte van die mense op ons boot. Jack Katanga, ons drywer vanoggend en bootkaptein vanmiddag, wat ons na kuifkopvisvangertjies lei, geduldig wag terwyl ons als afneem. Dankie, Jack, Chobe en Botswana. Dankie ook aan die Mpafa/Bhejane-span: Douwe, Gilbert, Mpho en Dries. Tot volgende keer.Read more

  • Day8

    Dag 8 - Ngepi na Kasane

    March 26, 2017 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Dis 'n dag vol verrassings: ons sien 'n jagluiperd sommer langs die B8-teerpad 'n ent oos van Divundu, en wanneer ons laatmiddag deur die Chobe- nasionale park ry in rigting Kasane, lê vyfstuks leeu doodluiters vir ons en wag langs die teerpad. Tussenin stop ons vir middagete by die vriendelike mense van Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge naby Katima Mulilo, waar die Zambesirivier damvol lê - die rivier het in die afgelope week al amper 3 m gestyg! In Kasane is dit Sondag, en die bobbejane strek uit op die dak van Choppies. Ons slaap by Thebe River Safaris, en môre gaan ons Vic Falls toe. Netjies.Read more

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