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Ode to Botswana – December 2016

This December Massi and Cookie

Took us to Botswana for a look-see

Plenty of lifers and mopane

Boom boom trees and AFB’s

Camping and 4×4’ing through the mud

This holiday has been far from a dud

Long-toed Plover
Long-toed Plover
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“Boom boom” tree
The largest boscia tree we've ever seen!
The largest boscia tree we’ve ever seen!

We had such an amazing campsite in Khwai community
We had such an amazing campsite in Khwai community development trust.
We had elephants and hyenas pass right next to our cars/tents at night.
Stunning bird
Stunning bird
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Mopane
Purple cluster-leaf is the thing here in Nata
Purple cluster-leaf is the thing here in Nata

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4×4’ing isn’t fun if you don’t have to get helped out of a hole

Andrew and Matt

Tracked and followed big cats

Quin and Maggie

Were happy to see wild doggie!

“Vehicle 1 do you copy?”

Was repeated together with coffee

For us it’s been so magical

We couldn’t be more lyrical

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Lioness crosses the Khwai river
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The male trails behind
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Lioness begins to stalk a zebra

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Squirrels are at attention as the lioness moves on from the loss into the thicket
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Lioness of Okavango
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Impala stand alert watching as the lioness comes past them
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The zebra is completely unaware of what is happening behind it

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Lioness looks on as the zebra makes a get away

In the heat of summer, along the Okavango

While Extra poled our dug-out mokoro

We worried about crocs and hippo

When only lifers and frogs were on show

People of Botswana with friendly smiles and dimples

Their beautiful villages were clean and simple

They’ll shoot on sight if they see you with a rifle

Wildlife is so important, free to roam not stifled

A mokoro is a traditional boat carved out of a tree trunk. This was our very happy mokoro poler & guide Extra.
A mokoro is a traditional boat carved out of a tree trunk. This was our very happy mokoro poler & guide Extra.
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Swimming in the Okavango Delta
Our wonderful mokoro polers and guides
Our wonderful mokoro polers and guides
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Typical hut of village Khwai

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The local shopping centre of Khwai village.
Typical local village. Simple and so clean. They really take pride in their country and home. It's so lovely to see.
Typical local village en route to Maun. Simple and so clean. They really take pride in their country and home. It’s so lovely to see.
Elephant crossings are also typical on certain sections of the main highway of Botswana!
Elephant crossings are also typical on certain sections of the main highway of Botswana!
In Botswana it is normal to see donkeys, cattle and dogs crossing and walking the highways.
In Botswana it is normal to see donkeys, cattle and dogs crossing and walking the highways.
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Our first kill was actually watching this yellow billed kite take out this other bird along the highway en route to Maun.
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Locally made huts with recycled bottles – sustainability is always in action in places with little resources.

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Local child from Khwai with his “remote control” set of wheels.

Graham and Massi

Nata, Khwai, Kalahari

We’ve had a fabulous time

Thank you for the rhymes

These experiences etched forever

So sad to see it over

This trip exceeded expectations

Now at the border we say our last salutations

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Bird of prey landing
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Wild dogs at a kill! What a thrill

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Imagining the Okavango Delta in full flood atop this termite mound would-be island (Photo courtesy of Massi)
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Wild dog on duty. No threat currently so time to chill.
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Wild dogs chase away the marabou storks
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An elephant walked to my pancake cooking station at camp! (Photo courtesy of Massi)

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Planet Baobab at night

To lead vehicle and vehicle 1

We wish for everyone

A very happy new year

To the future, and our new careers!

 

Right here, right now

Vehicle 2 over and out.

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Christmas dinner at Okavango Lodge

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Our Christmas cracker gifts
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Vehicle 1 do you copy?

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Enjoying an African sunset at camp

Sunsets in Africa never get old. Only more beautiful.
Sunsets in Africa never get old. Only more beautiful.
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Botswana Part 4 – Central Kalahari – December 2016

We visited Deception Valley in the Central Kalahari and at this time of year it was not what we thought of when we think Kalahari! But it was amazing to see the change all the same.

 

Botswana Part 3 – Lifers – December 2016

Birding has become a new hobby that I have grown to love here in Africa for several reasons: 1) so many birds here are stunning in the colours that you see 2) there are SOOO many of them  and 3) learning about their individual characteristics truly makes it more than just a little thing flying in the air!

Lifers are new birds that you haven’t ever seen before and can add to your life list of birds (proper birders keep a tally!).

So here are some of my new lifers from this Botswana trip.

Botswana Part 2 – Okavango Delta – December 2016

What you see in TV documentaries and photos does not do the Okavango Delta justice.  What an incredible mind-blowing part of the world.  Absolutely stunning.

Botswana Part 1 – Nata Salt Pans – December 2016

Our first stop on our trip was to the Botswana Salt Pans near Nata.

Incredible expanse of salt marshlands which used to be flooded like the Okavango way back when.

We had a great time birding here and getting a first taste of 4×4’ing.

Enjoy your festive season!

We will be off on a 4×4 camping holiday in Botswana checking out the salt pans, Kalahari desert and the infamous Okavango Delta.

Looking forward to hopefully seeing wild dog and cheetah and the black heron (daytime! Night time!) in the wild amongst other things.

Our kitted vehicle for the trip. So excited!!
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Hoping you all have a wonderful festive season and bring in the new year with great resolve to do and act more to save earth as is our responsibility as guardians and citizens of this planet.

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July 2016 – Kwazulu-Natal Province, South Africa

July 2016 – Mpumalanga Province, South Africa