Botswana Off The Beaten Path

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Botswana Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit a friendly Village of Kachikau

    It is a small village of Botswana with a population of not more than 1000 inhabitants named Kachikau. It is located in the eastern part of the district of Botswana which previously formed Chobe District. The village has both primary and secondary schools and a Health Clinic. We visited this village just to know how the people live in this area....

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  • Moremi Game Reserve

    The Moremi Game Reserve, designated as such in 1963, stretches almost 5000 square kilometres and totals 20% of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.It is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water to forest dwellers), and a vast array of wildlife, including lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala and lechwe....

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  • Chobe Game Reserve

    Chobe is Botswana's second largest game reserve and has one of the highest concentrations of game found anywhere in Africa.The park has four distinct habits - plains, dense forests, marsh and swamps - which allows for a wide variety of wildlife.Chobe is famous for its elephant population, of which there are about 120 000 in Botswana. These...

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  • Linyanti Game Reserve

    Linyanti lies on the southern banks of the Linyanti River and Chobe's western border. The 111 000 hectare private reserve features three main habitats: marshland subsiding into lagoons and rivers with riverine forests of jackalberry and sauage trees; open grasslands of the Savuti Channel; and dry inland wooded areas.Rain falls from November to...

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  • Savuti Game Reserve

    Savuti is most famous for its predators: lion, spotted hyena, jackal, wild dog and cheetah. Derek and Beverly Joubert’s classic ‘The Eternal Enemies’ immortalised the often brutal struggle between Savuti’s lions and hyenas. Research has shown that lions may lose up to 20% of their kill to hyenas!Another great – if more rare - sight is the...

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  • Chobe Game Reserve

    IHAHANow this was our final campsite and probably the most spectacular. Situated over the river, looking down, it makes for brilliant game viewing. Evening brings the animals to the waters edge and baboons to camp if you are not careful so make sure you have everything secured, with no scrummy appertisers left around for them to steal.Ihaha is the...

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  • Nokalodi Tented Camp - Tuli

    Fabulous!After driving around Botswana from camp to camp we were parking ourselves here at Tuli for our final 4 days and what a great four days it was, two of which were spent in the meru tents.Tents... well, rather luxurious if they are to be called tents, although we did on one occasion have a monkey decide to use our en suite bathroom. Lovely...

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  • Chobe Game Reserve

    Savuti Campsite is situated on the Savuti Channel and has an elephant proof ablution block and elephant proof stand pipes. It also has hot water and lights in the ablution block, trala, a real treat. The elephant proof wall around the ablution block is cleverly made to allow wild cats etc to be able to escape out but elephant and the like not to be...

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  • Moremi Game Reserve - Part 2

    KHWAI CAMPSITE (and Xakanaxa)Khwai Campsite, very similar to Xakanaxa but on the north east of the reserve. The drive from Mboma island to Khwai is a long one, (its where we left from after a mokoro trip) maybe 5 hours or so if you enjoy the view along the way. Taking the river road along the Khwai is probably the best advice with plenty of animal...

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  • Moremi Game Reserve - Part 1

    As taking a safari in Botswana is so into the bush I have decided that 'off the beaten track tips' are the appropriate spot to place them in.XAKANAXA (and Khwai Campsites)These camps are clearings in the trees, next to the edge of the delta. Watch for the hippos then!Xakanaxa was our first stop in Moremi. You will need to sign in when you enter,...

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  • Mekoro Trip, Okavango Delta, Botswana

    Just you, the wild and your guide... in our case, Charles. I described this tip in more detail in the Things To Do section, but wanted to give it mention here, because it is more off the beaten path.

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  • Drotskys Caves

    The road to the caves is very difficult and should only be attempted in convoy with other vehicles. You must allow for very heavy fuel consumption and carry more fuel than normal to cater for this. Take everything you will need to stay there, and add an extra day for safety. There is nothing at the caves, no water, fuel or provisions. The caves are...

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  • Nxai Pan, Botswana - lookout hide...

    Our research had recommended we visit two look-out hides in the park. One is allegedly adjoining the South Camp. The other is up on the sand ridge south of the South Camp where a panoramic view of the Park can be obtained. I’d read somewhere about a family who raved about the lookout and what an amazing time they’d had there. Our previous...

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  • Bird Viewing on Bird Walks

    Most people are so excited by the huge numbers of larger animals, that they miss the birds. They're great viewing too! Birdwatching is best during the migratory season from November through to March. Pels fishing owl, slaty egret and wattled crane are favourites amongst birders, as well as the greater and lesser Jacanas. A recent bird count in the...

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  • BLAZE A TRAIL INTO AFRICA’S UNTOUCHED...

    The Kalahari Desert, has been described as Africa’s last great wilderness - the ultimate safari destination. Its immensity and isolation have traditionally kept it beyond the reach of all but a few rough-and-ready explorers who were willing to suffer discomfort and hardship to cross what the Boer Voortrekkers once called moedverloor se vlakte - the...

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  • DIY Safari

    We have been through Botswana 3 times. Each time hiring a fully equiped 4WD and drivng through the national parks and camping in the bush campsites. Nxai Pan we found to be fantastic. Kalahari National Park, Moremi and, if you want to see elephants and plenty of them, Chobe National Park is amazing.

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  • Wildlife is everywhere!

    Besides the elephants, which are truly the most impressive group of animals there, the Chobe National Park has an amazing variety of game. Just by passing through we saw giraffes, monkeys, springboks and dozens and dozens of elephants! Awesome!

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  • Walk Africa.

    Two of my favorite activities were done on foot. We had a ranger who grew up in the bush, and he took us on a walk into the bush. You don't see large game, which is a good thing, but you see quite a bit of Africa you won't get on a drive. Highlight was a lesson on how to get water and stimulants from a tree limb (we got samples to taste). The other...

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  • TSODILO...

    TSODILO HILLSS18'45'677E21'44'833 about 52 kms sw of Shakwe, where Drosty's have a fantastic Hotel and campsites west of the Okavango River, before ot becomes the delta further south.The three hills male, female and child is accessible from the main tar road, but 38 kms of sand with 4x4 bumping ans waying gets you there, what an experienceI know...

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  • Using the right vehicle and...

    Using the right vehicle and driver can get you to some remote area of the delta. Some times you really 'cruising' in the water chanells but you manage to cross Hippos area and elephants tracks. A scout is sitting infront for spotting tracks of animals.

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  • Solitamente il Botswana si...

    Solitamente il Botswana si gira solo in due modi, o con tour operators alloggiando in alberghi di lusso o in gruppo con una tenda e escursioni fatte sul posto.In entrambi casi le cose che si fanno e i posti che si visitano sono gli stessi. Ma nel secondo caso e' tutto vissuto in maniera piu' intensa ed autentica. Dormire in tenda nel mezzo del...

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  • THE HIGHEST POINT IN BOTSWANA...

    THE HIGHEST POINT IN BOTSWANA IS OTSE MOUNTAIN, LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE CAPITAL, GABORONE. IT RISES 4885 FEET (1489 METERS). I NOTE THAT VT'S 'QUICK FACTS' INCORRECLY NAMES TSODILO HILLS AS THE HIGHPOINT.

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  • We were on a overland safari...

    We were on a overland safari with Kumuka Expeditions and we were able to travel by traditional dugout canoes to camp two nights in the middle of the Okavango Delta

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  • Don't get so caught up in the...

    Don't get so caught up in the big animals that you miss out on the small wild beauties like birds, insects and frogs. I loved to sit very quietly in the afternoons in camp and watch the vivid birds all around. I also saw these amazing little frogs, called Painted Reed Frogs. Males were bright white with red underbellies, and their nightime call was...

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  • The village of Etsha 6...

    The village of Etsha 6 (referred to as Etsha) is home of the Okavango Basket Shop, where you can buy high quality Botswana baskets and other crafts at lower prices than in Maun or Gaborone. A trip to Etsha may also be an opportunity to see a rural village in Botswana. Etsha is easily accessable by bus from Maun.

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