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ALL YOU CAN EAT KUDU
Now this is a Braai! While I was staying at the Thakadu Bush Camp in Ghanzi, Chris the owner shot a Kudu. Then the staff prepared the largest animal I have ever seen on a spit. It took all day and into the evening with a huge open fire, but the result was magnificent. The meal was served with different accompanying dishes, but meat was the centrepiece. Because there was so much meat, it was all you could eat! At one point I found myself with a huge knife cutting off hunks of tender fillet meat from the centre while it was still over the fire. A few mouthfuls of that and an ice cold Castle lager – absolute Heaven!Related to:
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A SIGN THAT SHOULD BE ON EVERY ROAD IN THE WORLD
I found this fantastic sign in Kang at the main fuel point. How many times has someone driven past you in a car with music suicidally loud? The worst part being that it always seems to be really bad music played by complete idiots who just look stupid. Why do they feel the need to PROVE how stupid they are? Well, not here mister! Turn it down and roll up the car windows!Related to:
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Favorite thing: My favorite thing about Botswana is Botswana people.They are all nice and kind.The important thing that I should suggest you to do every time you see people anywhere is that, to say "Hello ! how are you?" to them all.If you may need help or ask them something ,don't just ask without saying "Hello! How are you?" first. If you just say this with smiling face ,you get half way through already.And all the assistance and kindness will follow.
game parks around Victoria falls
Favorite thing: Hello
With 6 days to spend we can provide you with a number of options that are not overly expensive. We can arrange a trip to the Okavango delta that comes back thru chobe or A combination of chobe national park and the lower zambezi where you can go on a canoe safari camping on Islands and along the banks of the Zambezi river. It is also possible to travel to Hwange national park in Zimbabwe for a camping trip in the park. Just a few questions, Where do you intend to start from on the 22nd and ho many are travelling in your group also Your nationality is important because different countries are charged different rates when paying entry visas and this will help you decide the costing of your trip. If you could also give a rough guideline on your budget that would be great.
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Favorite thing: Travel in Botswana is an absolute pleasure, every major town has a shopping center and you can get everything from woman's personals to a new Head Gasket, From raw vegetables to Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The police force are active and relentless in their bit to stamp out crime against tourist, the population respect the income that tourism produces and the people will welcome and assist you openly if you respect them,their land and culture.
Fondest memory: Well you wouldn't really run this to the fondest memory stage, but most certainly a pleasant one. Just outside Frances town on a holiday weekend sunday, one of our parties land rover threw a rear wheel bearing, and caused severe damage to the axle.
we thought of all sorts, cannibalizing Nick's trailer, leaving his car behind and distributing the passengers and his trailer amongst the two remaining vehicles, see, I don't leave anyone behind, we keep going forward.
the women however insisted we phoned a second hand parts yard they found in a phone book, to our surprise although the business was closed the owner of the business drove 2 hours to reach us, and then opened his whole place up to allow Nick and I to Strip what we required from an old landy, all this and he wanted nothing more than 120 U$D for his trouble.
God bless him, he served us well.Related to:
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A sausage tree
Favorite thing: A sausage tree is called after its fruit that looks like a sausage and dangles from long rope-like stalks. The fruit may be up to 60 cm long and weigh over 6 kg. Those who hope that the fruit may taste of sausage will be disappointed. It is inedible and even said to be poisonous. In spite of that, it's often used in beer production as it speeds the fermentation process and gives the drink a special flavour. It can also be used for body care - a lot of African women rub it into their skin to get rid of blemishes.Related to:
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Favorite thing: A baobab tree was called by dr Livingstone a giant upturned carrot. The Bushmen believed that the baobab offended God who in revenge planted the tree upside down.
The trunk of the tree is very thick. Its average diametre is 6-7 metres. But the tree is also amazing because of its nutritious value. The fruit has more vitamine C than oranges. One can eat the dry fruit pulp separated from seeds (I tasted it and it was OK), it is also added to milk and porridge. The seeds rich in protein, calcium and oil can be roasted and grounded like coffe beans and young leaves can be eaten like spinach. Also the bark can be used - indigenous people make tea and beer from it. The treem blossoms in mid-summer - the flowers are white and big like saucers. Unfortunately they are short-lived - open at sunset and drop on the ground a few hours later after the bats and insects feast on their nectar.Related to:
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Favorite thing: The Okavango is Africa's third longest river. It starts in Angola, goes through Namibia and in Botswana it forms a huge lush green delta. The delta is often compared to a living organism because it grows and shrinks and changes its shape. At its best it covers the area of 18 000 square km but it can shrink to less than 9 000 square km in the low period. It's also called the Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis as it lies within the area of the Kalahari desert. The delta is a wetland with hundreds of islands differing in size from mere termite mound islets to huge islands (f.e. the Chief's Island).
Millons of years ago the Okavango River flowed into a large lake called Makgadikgadi but due to tectonic activity the flow of the river was broken and it had to go back forming what is known today as the Okavango Delta.
Fondest memory: It is estimated that about 200 000 big mammals stay in the delta. Some of them live here permanently but most move in and out. Delta is the seasonal habitat to such species as the hippopotamus, African elephant, African buffalo, lechwe, blue wildebeest, giraffe, Nile crocodile, both black and white rhinos and many others. It is also home to many species of birds, including African Fish Eagle.Related to:
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Within minutes of arriving in Botswana I was confronted with this terrifying huge man-eating monster. Scared me to death! Then a South Africa guy behind me said “Shongololo” and braved death to pick it up and put it outside. Actually this is just a very gentle African giant millipede. Absolutely harmelss and kind of cuddly once you get over their size. Shongololo comes from the Zulu and Xhosa word ‘ukushonga’ which meamns 'to roll up'. Please don’t step on them! Just pick them up genty and place them out of the way.
Just so you can appreciate how big they are. My shoe, which is pictured is a size:
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Disinfection stop at the border
Fondest memory: The borders of Botswana has disinfection stops on the road before entering the country. The cars have to drive into a disinfection bath with all the wheels. It's a way to prevent spreading of diseases among domestic animals in Botswana.
By the way, huge numbers of wild animals cross the border every day without a disinfection bath.Related to:
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Border crossings from South Africa
Favorite thing: Independent travel by road from South Africa to Botswana will require a border crossing at one of these border posts, depending on embarkation point:
Bray (RSA) Khakhea (Botswana). Hrs 0700-1600.
Derdepoort (RSA) Sikwane (Botswana). Hrs 0600-1900.
Groblers Bridge (RSA) Martin’s Drift (Botswana). Hrs 0800-1800.
Kopfontein Gate (RSA) Tlokweng Gate (Botswana). Hrs 0600-2200.
McCarthy’s Rest (RSA) Tshabong (Botswana). Hrs 0800-1630.
Molopo (RSA) Phitshane (Botswana). Hrs 0800-1600.
Platjan (RSA) Baine’s Drift (Botswana). Hrs 0800-1600.
Pontdrif (RSA) Tuli (Botswana). Hrs 0800-1600.
Ramatlabama (RSA) Pitsane (Botswana). Hrs 0600-2000.
Skilpads Gate (RSA) Pioneer Gate (Botswana). Hrs 0600-2200.
Stockpoort (RSA) Parr’s Halt (Botswana). Hrs 0800-1800.
Swartkopfontein Gate (RSA) Ramotswa (Botswana). Hrs 0600-2200.
Twee Rivieren. 0730-1600.
Werda (RSA) Khakhea (Botswana).
Zanzibar (RSA) Tsetsebjwe (Botswana).Related to:
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Wildlife, The Okavango and Change
Favorite thing: You can learn a lot about animals in Botswana. For example, the impala, as well as other prey animals, will only run a short distance from suspected danger so they don't run into other dangers. These short-distance tactics aren't seen on nature programs, of course, when the hunt is on and the prey aren't just escaping possible danger but are escaping real danger.
It's somewhat of a sad bit of reality that we have civilized ourselves away from... confining "wild" animals to game reserves and some open places in between. In the Okavango Delta, you're out with the animals. Even in places like Moremi and South Africa's Kruger, the animals are real enough- elephants can still charge, lions will still attack. But Africa is no longer purely the naturally wild place it was when Livingstone explored, and before him... Elephants amble to concrete watering holes, zebras laze around in-ground (pool-like) watering holes- man-made, of course.
The Okavango Delta, the Mekoro and walking trips, without the protection of an armed guide, are good opportunities to explore the real nature of Africa. With the protection of a safari vehicle, there's no danger, no reality to the experience. When you are prey, it behooves you to pay attention to your surroundings in a way few humans have to on a daily basis. The reality of your situation can become abundantly real, face to face with
Mata-Mata tourist facility
Favorite thing: The opening of Mata-Mata and the Sendelingsdrift Tourist Access facility are key to the strategy (of) desert tourism which explores the natural linkage between Kgalagadi and Ai/Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier parks, South Africa's Augrabies Falls National Park and the soon-to-be-declared Sperregebiet National Park in Namibia. Movement between the three southern countries has been made easy.Mata-Mata will enable tourists to travel between the three countries via shorter routes and through efficient and convenient border control facilities.
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Favorite thing: 1. 20 films for your camera is not enough!
2. Take enough money with you!
Its not easy to find a place where you can use your card.
At least if you want a Souvenir you can change into your pen, shoes or something else...
Fondest memory: The best Memories are to have a friendly and very funny guide and to see wild animals in a distance of 1-5 meters in the wilderness..Related to:
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Favorite thing: Try to get to each of the major game parks, as well as the Okavango Delta. This country is rich with woldlife viewing and natural beauty in different habitats.
Chobe is particularly scenic, with the river running through it, Savuti is typically dryer and Moremi is more wooded. Each, however, have their own distinct viewing and camping sites.
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Fondest memory: 1) Chobe: great elephants and gorgeous sunsets
2) Savuti/Linyanti: lions everywhere you look including a a notable pair in the midst of mating
3) Moremi: a vicious hippo fight right outside our campsite one night
4) Mahatsu: terrific elephants nad predators
5) Okavango: natural beauty and birds, birds, bird...
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