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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!

    11/18/19Reply
     
  • 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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    Joel Keller

    das isch ja wi im zoo😅 eifach no viu viu besser😍

    8/3/21Reply
    Fredi Keller

    Ja, es isch idrücklech au die Tier i irem natürleche Läbensrum beobachte ds chönne. Hie isch dr Mönsch „dr Exot“!

    8/4/21Reply
     
  • 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.

    9/30/19Reply
    Nicole Allan

    Thankyou for the post. Love the pics!

    9/30/19Reply
    Roz Chapman

    Wonderful to follow! Thank you. Looks fantastic!

    10/1/19Reply
    Kim de Montemas

    Just an amazing experience!

    10/3/19Reply
     
  • 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.

    10/2/19Reply
    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 😀

    10/2/19Reply
    Roz Chapman

    👏🏻👍🏻💐

    10/3/19Reply
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  • 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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  • Day9

    Abreisetag Zovu Elephant Lodge

    February 18 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Der letzte Tag auf der Zovu Elephant Lodge beginnt erfrischend kühl mit einem leichten Regenschauer. Ich sitze alleine in der Stille und beobachte den Sonnensufgang im leichten Nieselregen. Die Hippos grunzen in der Ferne.Read more

  • Day5

    Vorfreude und Aufregung vor Selbstfahren

    October 18, 2021 in Botswana ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Wir haben gut geschlafen und bekommen ein nettes kleines Frühstück. Ich habe mir irgendwo eine Magenverstimmung eingefangen - vielleicht ist es auch die Aufregung vor dem großen Abenteuer. Um 9:00 kommt einer von Bushlore und bringt uns zum Auto. Wir bekommen eine ausführliche Einweisung ( Zelt, 4x4-Fahren, wie kann ich das Auto aus tiefem Sand befreiten). Ich bemängle noch das Profil der Hinterreifen, die daraufhin gewechselt werden. Zudem wird noch an der Batterie rumgebastelt und eine Dichtung am Vorderrad muss noch getauscht werden. Wir ziehen erst mal mit einem Ersatzwagen zum Supermarkt und kaufen für die nächsten 10 Tage Fitter und Trinken ein.Read more

  • Day16

    Amorous Lions and Boisterous Elephants

    October 8, 2019 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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  • Day15

    Chobe National Park - Day 1

    October 7, 2019 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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    Nessy19

    Fantastic photos

    10/8/19Reply
     
  • Day10

    Erste Übernachtung in Botswana

    February 15, 2020 in Botswana ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    Nachdem wir die erste Tour durch den Nationalpark ohne größere Schäden am Auto und tollen Tiersichtungen erlebt haben, geht es in die Campsite wieder direkt am Wasser. Schilder warnen vor Hippos und Krokodilen! Viele Affen und Warzenschweine leben hier mittendrin. Die Affen haben auch gern mal etwas geklaut, zum Beispiel eine Tüte mit Marmeladengläsern. Diese haben sie aufgeschraubt und ausgeschleckt. Die Warzenschweinmutter liegt vorm Auto und säugt ihre Kinder.
    Hier gibt es ein leckeres Abendessen in einer schönen Lodge mit einem großen Pool. Als eine Gruppe Asiaten hier zu Mittag isst, versuchen die Affen sogar ihnen etwas vom Teller zu stehlen.
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