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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

May 31, 2013 - maun & the okawango delta

we were picked up at 6am the following morning to start our drive to chobe national park and the moremi game reserve. it was a 2 hours drive to the entrance of the park and another two to our camp. it was freezing cold on the back of our open safari vehicle. we were all tugged away in our sleeping backs, trying to stay as warm as possible. upon arrival we set up camp in an open area with elephants on one side and impalas on the other. it was beautiful. after lunch we went for a game drive. we saw lots of the common animals, like elephants,...

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Out of Africa

Nov 27, 2012 - Maun

Heute sind wir Richtung Okawango Delta gefahren. Auf dem Weg haben wir total viele tote Kühe am Straßenrand gesehen. Wie wir erfahren, dass es so trocken ist, dass viele Kühe im Moment verdursten. Am Nachmittag waren wir in Maun und haben einen Flug über das Okawango Delta gemacht, in einem Flugzeug für 5 Personen. Da haben wir die Tiere mal von oben gesehen. Wir haben Büffel, Nilpferde, Elefanten, Giraffen und Löwen gesehen.

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Deike in Afrika 2012

Sep 14, 2012 - Sept. 14 , Kasane airport

Kasane Airport...........well airport is perhaps an overstatement but a step up from the landing strips of previous flights in Botswana. We had a discussion with the manager last night as they wanted us to get up at 5 am and go on a game drive until 8:30 am as an English couple had to leave at 10 am. Since our flight to Jo'burg wasn't leaving until 3 pm we were not receptive to accommodating someone else's departure time thus giving up 4 to 5 hours of game driving and spending idle time at the Camp. It was agreed that we would get a wake up...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Sept. 13 - Muchenje, Botswana

Success....today was a day of lions, leopards and elephants. We were awakened at 5:45 am and left the resort at 6 a.m. It wasn't too long before we noticed a leopard walking among the bushes about 100 yards away. We lost him/her quickly, but about ten minutes later we encountered some lions lolling close to our path. We took the obligatory photographs and started driving away when we noticed an Impala walking directly into the path of the lions. It stopped and turned but one of the lionesses immediately gave chase. They disappeared behind a...

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