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Oct 5, 2017 - THE WORST DAY

-bit tired but up c 0530 to retrieve my items [not good for a sound sleep when you know important items are elsewhere], same having been pushed slightly for a brekkie tablemat -showered, readied stuff for the trip to Maun, charging the camera battery and a browse through a Travel Africa magazine re Kafue, proofreading the version of a blog for this trip, all before 0700 brekkie; choosing pix will have to await Maun due to battery charging -when the birders and the Viv/Penny combo sit in adjoining seats, they are yappy...STFU -quiet game...

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Endless Botswana

Jun 2, 2017 - Helicopter over the delta

Up around 6:30 and pack our bags then out for breakfast. Our last day on the delta. We all headed off on a nature walk through the fields and saw many animal tracks but few animals - a couple giraffes off in the distance. Lots of tracks and other signs, but no critters. Back at the camp we had breakfast (omelets!) and finished packing, then we broke camp. The tens and the like stayed there to be broken down later but when we finished packing all our stuff was packed and gone. Trip back to the dock was through even more reed s and the lead...

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May 31, 2017 - The Okavango Delta

Up about 5:30 and a quick breakfast and on the road by 6:00. We followed the main road for a bit but it was flooded so we turned back and followed a gravel road for some distance. Fields on both sides were flooded. Road had many potholes due to water level. Quite a bumpy road. At a check station we had to get out to walk through disinfectant and some discussion of unpacking all our bags, but luckily we didn’t have to. Got to the hotel and changed vehicles to a four-wheel drive for the trip into the delta. We had to leave ½ of our stuff...

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Oct 6, 2014 - 3 October - Maun, Botswana

We are staying at a lovely campsite in Maun, Botswana, called Sitatunga Campsite. We have decided to upgrade to a chalet for a change as there are not many hotels on this trip, so we have a nice room with ensuite and air conditioning for the two nights we are at this campsite. Tomorrow (Saturday) we are leaving in makoros (canoes) for a trip in the Okavango Delta and an island bush camp for the night. Well, it's now Monday and we have internet again. Our stay in Maun was fantastic. On Saturday we drove for an hour or so to find our makoros,...

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Feb 26, 2014 - Leopard Mania

Leopard Mania The next day, Joa camp had arranged a whole day expedition to an island far into the Okavonga delta. We travelled by vehicle for about an hour and then loaded our gear into a small shallow hulled boat for another 20 minute ride in water which at times was only ankle deep. Again the boat travelled in small "hippo" trails with high reeds on either side making the navigation tricky. As we approached the island, we came upon a larger pool of water and as we entered the cove, we startled a huge hippo! Fortunately for us, he charged...

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Feb 25, 2014 - Chased by an angry Hippo!

Chased by a Angry Hippo This morning we elected to take a boat cruise along the Delta to observe the aquatic wildlife and birds along the shoreline. The morning sunrise was spectacular and being on the open water in a boat was a very pleasant change to our African Adventure. The ride consisted of traveling larger open channels which then quickly narrowed to a water channel not more than the width of the boat. Our expert guide navigated the water with precision twisting and turning through these narrow openings with 6foot high reeds being...

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Feb 24, 2014 - On our way to the Kalahari

On Our Way to the Kalahari! On our last early morning drive at King's Pool,  we saw more elephants and giraffes and several new birds including the waddle crane which is on the endangered species list. We  tried unsuccessfully to coax  a rhino out of the dense bush to get a picture of him out of the water. So far, we had seen dozens of rhinos but none outside the security of the water. He fooled us and  double backed behind us and  jumped  back into the water with a loud splash. I am sure he was laughing all the way to the "bank".  Shirley...

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Feb 23, 2014 - Zimbabwe to Botswana--extreme isolation

Zimbabwe to Botswana -Extreme Isolation We left Victoria Falls on our way to King's Pool Safari Camp in Botswana not realizing how far and how isolated we would be in the African continent. We travelled by bus overland to the border of Zimbabwe and Botswana. At one point along the journey 4 different African countries border one another...Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. On reaching the Botswana border, our bus and driver were not allowed to travel further and after presenting our passports to the border guards, we had to...

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Feb 22, 2014 - A Journey of Giraffes and a Raft of Hippos

A Journey of Giraffes and A Raft of Hippos The evening safari drive was for the most part uneventful although many different types of birds were observed and identified and photographed. There was an abundance of impalas, several waterboks and the occasional Ilona. Again the abundant and dense underbrush made viewing difficult. We stopped beside the Linyaniti river as the sun set and were treated to corn chowder soup heated over an open fire. We returned to camp and had an excellent dinner along with a few glasses of South Africa wine. We...

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Feb 21, 2014 - Elephants Galore!

Elephants Galore We were awakened in the night by loud grunting and snorting sounds that seemed to come from right under our "not so rustic cabin". Bill and I sat upright in our bed and looked at one another in the darkness, the only light being the moon reflecting off the water. What was it? We later learned that it was several hippos communicating with each other in the water a stone's throw from our hut. These noises were heard often during the day and night during the remainder of our stay at King's Pool and they became commonplace but...

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Oct 15, 2013 - SLR Africa 2013

Early breakfast and briefing for our overnight trip to the Ocatanvango Delta, Rest Camp. We took a 45 minute boat road on 4.6 m Tinny's powered by 90 Hondas, to the poling station. Loaded all our gear on Moroko's, a dugout ~ 6m in length, the poker stands at the back with a pole about 6 m long which they use to steer and propel the Mokoros across the delta, very similar to the flood plains, high grasses lots of bird life, no Hippo sightings on the trip which took about an hour and twenty minutes. The pollers took us into the delta to a...

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South Africa-SLR

Oct 14, 2013 - SLR Africa 2013

Rhino drive this morning with rangers, heading to Island Safari Lodge Maun, about 500km from Khama,stopped in town today for shopping for our overnight stop in the delta tomorrow.8 of us took a flight over the delta in light planes, saw lots of elephants ,buffalos and giraffe. We arrived around 5.30 pm, set up camp a quick swim and dinner.

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South Africa-SLR

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