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    FREE CONDOMS

    by DAO Written May 12, 2014

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    Free Condoms or FREE INCURABLE AND PAINFUL DISEASE. The choice is entirely yours here in Botswana. If you want to go and meet local people and have sex with them, make sure you don’t get a gift that keeps on giving – until the end of your shortened life. Have a few drinks at the local “shebeen” or bar may bring you into closer contact with local culture than you planned. Don’t worry! In many cases the bartender can give you free condoms so everyone is safer in this sort of cultural encounter.

    If not – the things I have written below should scare the hell out of you. Even drunk.

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    OPPORTUNISTIC DISEASES.
    Doesn’t sound like a nice way to die does it? Please note that Diseases is plural. Very plural. If you want to get to know a local African VERY well – make sure you use a condom. There are plenty of signs. I do mean by the road side, in hotels and in many graveyards.

    You can get condoms for free in many places. Just ask at many Tourist Information Offices or even at a pharmacy. Still, a few dollars of prevention is better than Herpes for free. For life.

    Unfortunately so many developing countries have a high infection rate. Being reckless can kill you. Worse – you could get something really nasty that will make you regret living.

    Just in case you don’t believe it, I have listed some of the diseases and infections you can contract after getting AIDS (just AIDS!)

    Bacterial Pneumonia, Septicaemia (blood poisoning), Tuberculosis, Cryptococcosis, Penicilliosis, Herpes Simplex, Herpes Zoster Virus, Isopsoriasis, Leishmaniasis, Candidiasis, Cryptosporidiosis, Microsporidiosis, Toxoplasmosis, Kaposi's Sarcoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Lymphoma. This list drives my Spellchecker crazy and they all sound horrible. With good reason.

    All these diseases, viruses, infections and growths are available FREE when you save time and money not using a condom.

    Please be careful.

    LOCAL BUSINESSES OFFERING FREE CONDOMS ! BE CAREFUL
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    THE MEMORIAL TO 23 ROAD DEATHS

    by DAO Written Apr 12, 2014

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    To the east of Ghanzi, just as you turn right towards the Namibian border, you will come across this large road sign. On 1 September 2003 there was a road crash involving a fuel carrier, a bus and several cars. 23 people were killed and many more burned very badly. Please drive carefully in Botswana, only during the day, and rest when tired. Wild animals run across the road and other drivers may be very bad drivers.

    Take care.

    THE MEMORIAL
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    Makoro trip(picture)

    by rosequartzlover1 Written Nov 8, 2013

    Some more pictures to share from Makoro trip.
    First pic ..Boarding the makoro,assisting by Sam.In the picture I tried to stand on makoro but it's hard to stand stable that's why I had a little strange posture.
    2.We were at water level or actually a little under water level when sitting on makoro..surrounded by only nature ,..very quiet ..can hear only the sound of our makoro passing through the grass and water.
    3.Water level that time in November was not high ,from my estimate ..it's average depth was about 80 to 120 cm. so we can see everything in the water clearly until the bottom.But at the starting point was very shallow,so it's little hard for Sam to drag the makoro out into the deeper part especially when passenger are heavy ,luckily I wasn't that big passenger for him.But after came back home seeing picture again and thought about Sam.. I thought we should have walked a little bit in the water until deeper enough for easier paddling.

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    Chobe National Park

    by Africancrab Written Dec 30, 2012

    Chobe National Park has the largest concentration of Elephants in all of Africa. Located in the northeastern part of Botswana it attracts thousands of tourists each year. Like the Serengeti and Masai Mara in East Africa, it has a great Zebra migration each year, a spectacular event not to be missed. When I was there many years back, the migration was already complete, but I was still able to experience the large herds as well as other wildlife like hippos, warthogs, the great African elephants, giraffe etc.

    Accommodation for visitors to the park is mostly concentrated in Kasane. It is also the place where the river is wide enough for one to go on a kayak to watch the famous sunsets. In the evening, the tranquility of the river sends you to another place and another time. I do not recall the name of the lodge we stayed at, but I know it was comfortable enough.

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    Moremi Game Reserve

    by Africancrab Written Dec 30, 2012

    The Okavango Delta Channel Safari is one of the more adventurous ones you can take when in Botswana. The Okavango Delta is in fact a huge swamp, one of the largest inland water systems in Botswana. The waters of the delta come all the way from the Angolan highlands; they are a result of the rains that fall in the highlands then flows down to the delta with tributaries along the way. One of the most adventurous safari activities on the delta is a canoe ride; the locals call these dug up canoes ‘Mokoro’. In the evenings, some of the best sunsets can be seen while rowing the canoes on the channel.

    One other adventurous way of exploring the channel is on the back on an elephant. Elephant back ride safaris are popular and offer tourists the experience of Africa like no other. Of course you can also choose walking safaris, helicopter rides or the traditional 4x4 car safari. The game viewing is nothing short of outstanding, huge herds of zebras, elephants, antelopes, leopards, lions, cheetahs and hippos. Since the Okavango is within the Moremi and the park receives plenty of rain year round, there is constant water which makes game viewing in the dry season exciting.

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    CASH IN A FLASH – THE BOB ATM

    by DAO Updated Oct 10, 2012

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    BOB’s your uncle! OK, maybe he is not. The saying “Bob’s your uncle” is an English expression meaning life is great. The First National Bank (Bank Of Botswana) has an extensive network of ATM’s across Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Their helpful website, listed below, has a Branch and/or ATM finder so you can get your money for your adventures. They have a huge network and they often have ATM’s at petrol garages near border areas and in shopping areas. Just where you need your cash to be. So don’t worry about carrying large amounts of cash in Southern Africa. BOB’s your uncle!

    GABORONE AT THE PETROL GARAGE ALONG THE WAY
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    KEEP BOTSWANA CLEAN & BEAUTIFUL

    by DAO Updated Oct 10, 2012

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    The sign says it all. “Littering is prohibited”. Botswana is a huge country full of natural beauty and not much litter. Please keep it that way. If you are driving you will come across many many rubbish bins (trash cans) to empty your litter. My favourite one (pictured) says “Feed Me”. The government of Botswana actively encourages local people to keep the environment clean for visitors. A Minister of Parliament was quoted as saying “tourists do not want to visit dirty destinations, and urged residents to take environmental sanitation issues seriously.” That works both ways. If you can wait 20-30 minutes while driving, you will come across a place to put it and somewhere to stretch your legs.

    Sadly, some of my pictures show where litter was thrown near the bins and not in. Idiots.

    KEEP BOTSWANA BEAUTIFUL ! FEED ME ! IDIOTS HAVE BEEN HERE
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    BOTSWANA TOURISM

    by DAO Updated Oct 8, 2012

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    The official Tourist Information Office in Gaborone is run by the Department of Tourism. They have an excellent website and are helpful if you need information. Their office is only open on weekdays:

    7:30am-12:30pm & 1:45pm-4:30pm M-F

    They have an excellent website as well.
    (Which does not work sometimes.)

    BOTSWANA TOURISM OFFICE, GABORONE
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    Chobe National Park

    by Robmj Written Aug 20, 2012

    Chobe National Park was established in 1968 and sits very close to the borders of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The nearest town is Kasane and you can stay in the many lodges here which are only 15 mins from the park entrance, this is generally cheaper than staying in the lodges in the actual park.

    The park contains Botswana's most varied wildlife and covers an area of 12,000 sq kms. It has several contrasting landscapes, from the lush river embarkments, the tree rich savannah and stretches of endless desert. Along the banks of the Chobe river, the Savuti wetlands in the Southwest of the park team with animal life. A river cruise is a highlight of a park visit.

    There are possibly too many elephant in the park and a growing lion population also makes it more difficult for cheetah and the bat-eared fox.

    You can actually self drive in the park, but the roads definately require a 4WD and some experience.

    All of the lodges organise river cruises and game drives on land. A great place to visit and explore.

    Chobe River Cruise Hippo in the Chobe Fish Eagle @ Chobe
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    Okavango Delta

    by Robmj Written Aug 20, 2012

    The Delta is a unique place on earth. Surprisingly it is part of the Kalahari desert and owes its existence to seasonal water from the Cusando river which turns into a 15,000 sq km maze of lagoons, channel and islands.

    Home to Hippo, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, crocodile and antelope; the delta is best explored by small dug-out canoe's called Mokoro. Local polers from villages will take you into the delta and you'll need them, is really is a labyrinth. You may also run into lion, cheetah and the elusive leopard who stalk the other animals, we certainly didn't see any, but coming across a hippo in the water near your Mokoro was enough.

    The Delta has 4 parts, the inner delta, eastern delta, Moremi wilderness area and the Okavango Panhandle. Lodges in the delta will set you back plenty, but cheaper options exist by staying along the riverfront in the town of Maun which is in the inner delta area. From here it is easy to arrange day trips or overnight trips into the delta or other areas.

    Mokoro on the Okavango Delta Waterlilies in the Delta Hippo pool Okavango Delta
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    Makoro trip

    by rosequartzlover1 Written Mar 14, 2012

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    In Okavango delta,Sam told me that nomally ,there will be some animal around , like birds (a lot), zebra,buffalo,wildebeest,giraff,lecwe and elephant. I'd love to see elephant so much,but that day is not my day,we didn't see any of them.,even Sam were surprised why none of them around.I guess because elephant are smart animal,if they see human around too much they may change their route ,and ... I saw a tourist using motor boat passing us by ,with very loud engine noise.Come on ..guys..you are chasing away animals.Such a peaceful nature like Okavango delta,you want to see animal by motor boat???? Please be careful ....cuz there are always hippopotamus in the water or under you ...please care of them as well.
    There are also big cats,that if we are lucky we may encounter them ,which is lion,leopard and cheetah.But in the hot day,day time,they normally are sleeping under or on the trees(cheetah) somewhere,so it's very hard to see them here.

    Annoying motor boat Lots of birds Plain zebra.

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    THE CRY OF THE KALAHARI

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Kalahri Desert is a huge semi-desert actually. It has sand alright. I know. I got my car stuck in it twice! The Kalahri is a massive 362,500 sq. miles (900,000 sq. km) covering much of Botswana and parts of South Africa and Namibia. The area does get some rainfall so there are plants and a variety of animals. It supports ostriches, lions and cheetas. It also has a few too many donkeys, horses, dogs and vultures. In addition to a wealth of animals, there is also mineral wealth – diamonds. There is a great paved road to help you get across Botswana – the Trans-Kalahari Highway.

    Please see my Transport Tips for information about the Trans-Kalahari.

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    Chobe Safari & Elephant Dance

    by Zanzibargirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My trip to Botswana was really mostly to go on safari in Chobe National Park. It was an addition that I made after my tour that I am really glad I organised. Booking a day drive in and out from Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls it was a great way to spend an extra day in the area instead of hanging around the Falls especially since I had so much time on my hands.

    The Second Largest National Park in the world, Chobe, was a delight as there were lots of animals to be seen, and home to a very large concentration of Elephants, it was the one place in Africa I got to see an Elephant Bath.

    See more photos on my Chobe National Park pages.

    If travelling from Victoria Falls as I did in Zimbabwe, book through Backpackers Bazaar:

    backpack@iafricaonline.co.zw

    Shop 5 , Old Vic Falls Centre
    P.O.Box 44 Victoria Falls

    See phone number below...

    Chobe Elephant Dance
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    Sunset on the Chobe river

    by magor65 Written Feb 18, 2011

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    I've seen so many sunsets on this trip. Each invariably aroused my admiration. The spectacle staged on from time immemorial and only the audience change.

    I'm standing with my back to the noisy crowd on the boat. We share the boat with the other group who are loud and boisterous. It seems they don't respect anyone and anything. The captain reprimands them several times and even threatens to go back, but it helps only for a few minutes.
    I think how lucky we are about the group we travel with. Although the people are much younger than us, we get on well. They are kind, friendly and funny in an intelligent way.

    The sunset soothes my annoyance. I stare at it oblivious of the people behind me.

    Sunset over the Chobe river
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    Buffalo

    by magor65 Written Feb 18, 2011

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    A buffalo is the last animal we see during the Chobe cruise. Now we can say that we've seen four of the Big Five, namely a lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo, which leaves us with one more to see - a leopard. It will have to wait till another trip - our safari adventure is almost over.

    A buffalo looks really impressive with its big body and a set of massive horns. Its nickname "widowmaker" speaks for itself. It is considered to be one of the most dangerous African animals ( the other two are a hippopotamus and a crocodile). The African buffalo is said to be responsible for death of 200 humans a year.

    There are some subspecies differing in colour from dark brown or black to red (forest buffalo). Both male and female have horns, but those of males are larger.

    Hidden in the grass
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