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    Take a ride in a mokoro

    by Radiomom Updated May 26, 2005

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    Some seasoned safari-takers slight this serene activity, but maybe we were just lucky and found it gorgeous. This is how the bushmen navigated through the delta, using channels created by the wildlife (usually hippos, but other animals too).

    Mokoro are long, thin duggout canoes -- well traditionally that's what they were. Now they are more likely to be aluminum or fiberglass. You ride very low in the water, almost eye-level with the water lily pads. I loved it.

    Since we were there in the late fall/winter month of May, the mosquito population had died off. Also, the temperatures were ideal, about 75 degrees in the mornings and late afternoons.

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    Sunset Cruise

    by Acirfa Updated Feb 18, 2009

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    An amazing evening spent on the Chobe River, being centre stage of all that was happening on the shores and in the river. Elephants, elephants and then even more of them, fish eagles, baboons, impala, water buffalo, then there were the hippo, I have seen many over the years but not as many as this all grazing on the land.

    Do NOT forget your cameras and plenty of room on your cards too.

    This is a wonderful experience, cruising down the river in a small raft like boat, feeling very little and fragile amongst the giants surrounding it.

    You will have your sundowners on board and feel really alive, truly disbelieving that the rest of life is real after this sensational event you just don't want to end.

    Drifting in the boat whilst huge herds of elephant cross the water with the sunset acting as stage background, baby elephants playing by the shore, trying to make their uncontrollable trunks do as they are told.
    Sitting in no mans land between Botswana and Namibia, two exotic countries, watching what the conservationists of the world have retained for us, something that is worth far more than any amount of money, nature at its purest.

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    Okavango Delta from the mokoro

    by magor65 Updated Feb 18, 2011

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    We come to the harbour from which we are to be taken on the mokoro ride. The polers are already there. After a few minutes of confusion because we don't know what to do, a young boy grabs our bags and leads us to his mokoro. His boat looks a bit older than others and has some puddles of water at the bottom - but it's too late to withdraw. We sit on the mattresses folded in such a way as to make seats with a back. He pushes the boat onto the water and the 'cruise' begins. We notice anxiously that the boat is in water almost up to the edge. Seeing our apprehension, the poler calms us down and explains that his mokoro is made from the sausage tree while others are of fibre glass. So we are lucky to travel in the traditional version of the boat. We look around - the view is beautiful and serene. The river looks like a water meadow full of reeds and papyrus and dotted with beautiful pink and white lilies.
    It seems unreal - so far away from noise and stressful life that it's beyond comprehension. We immerse in the tranquility and silence broken only by splashing water. Suddenly we hear a cry from one of the boats - it's our guide swearing because an enormous spider crawled onto his face. Yes, there are some drawbacks to this idyllic ride - spiders and tiny flies are omnipresent. So after three hour journey we are happy to set foot on shore.

    Is it a river or a meadow? Can you see any water here? On the river On the river
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    Bush walk and other activities

    by magor65 Updated Feb 18, 2011

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    In the afternoon we are divided into small groups and each group is to follow their guide (one of the polers) for the bush walk. We are told to behave quietly and follow the guide in line. Not far from our camp the guide suddenly stops - he senses something that we are not aware of yet - but after a moment we see an elephant behind the bushes, just a couple of metres from us. Oh, it feels so different from the Etosha Park - there we could observe the animals from the confinement of a vehicle or the safety of the camp - here we are almost face to face with them. To my horror I realise how stupidly I and my sister-in-law behaved an hour before. We left the camp and went for a short walk without notifying our guide. What would we have done if the elephant had crossed our way? From now on we are going to take all precautions and obey all the rules.
    The walk is very interesting. We see another couple of elephants, lots of zebras and antelopes.

    In the night I suddenly wake up. There is a loud splash of water as if some enormous body emerged from it. Then I hear the rumbling sound of the steps - quite near the tent! I feel the ground shaking. Is it a dream? Halina is asleep. How can she be sleeping in such a moment? I don't know what to do. Why isn't there any action? Why don't they chase the "monster" away? Then the steps fade in the distance ...
    In the morning they find the traces of an elephant next to our camp.

    Not far from our camp
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    Visit A School

    by Acirfa Updated Feb 18, 2009

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    During our stay at Tuli Game Reserve we took a trip to Mothlabeneng School.
    The Game Reserve is run as part of a community project , therefore benefitting the local people and it's facilities, the school being part of that.

    We expected to just look around and meet some of the children during our visit but oh so much more than that was to await us. As we arrived, small children ran and greeted us with their beaming smiles and joyous hearts, as we walked further into the grounds older children were lining up chairs for us to be seated on and then appeared a group of traditionally clad youngsters with musical anklets in place and before our unsuspecting eyes, they began to sing and dance. Such an emotional and moving performance and out of the blue, I managed to pick up my camera to snap some memories but a tug at the heart meant I could not contain the emotion that began to spring from my eyes and soon the humour of the children touched my mouth and I could not contain then my laughter. Looking to my right I noted that big man next to me was going through exactly the same mix of pure delight and humbleness these people brought to our chests. Still Michael raised the video to capture this moment forever.

    After the entertainment the children were fascinated to interact with us all and we found we did not want to be leaving so soon either.

    This was not only a highlight of our holiday but an insight to how tourism, in a controlled way and with the organisation of the people, can in fact benefit the communities, as opposed to us visitors turning the place into a commercial circus. Long may this type of tourism reign.

    Mothlabeneng School
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    Mokoro trip

    by Acirfa Written Sep 28, 2008

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    Mboma island is situated in the north west corner of Moremi, as we had stayed the night before in Xakanaxa, it took us about 3 hours, including a bit of game viewing time, to drive there the next day, which was a bit hurried.

    The ride in the mokoro was a peaceful one, it was pleasant but we were a little disappointed at it's tameness. Having built it up in our minds to be watching elephants on the bank (we did see the tops of their heads on one ocassion) and hippo, who are not in the vacinity due to motor boats that use the area and crocs too are not to be seen.

    Having said that, it was an enjoyable trip, the polers delivered little bits of information and found us the tiniest of frogs. You even get a chance to swim in the canal and you do see the hippo channels too which are generally used at night apparently.

    So tame but enjoyable, if you have not built up an idea of what it will be like before hand.

    Painted Reed Frog
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    Linyanti - Chobe National Park

    by Acirfa Updated Oct 4, 2008

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    We took a drive here from Savuti campsite, it was a true 4 x 4 ride and a fairly long one too, as it is tucked away at the far end of the Park, seemingly wilder and less busy here.

    We hoped all the way that we did not meet an oncoming car as one of us might then find ourselves fighting with the sand or the bush in an attempt to share the road, never mind meeting an elephant in a bad mood, reversing would have been a huge manoeuvre under such circumstances.

    The journey's end was stunning and a surprise, lush green foliage surrounding the Linyanti, a tributary river of the Chobe. The Linyanti is a 'little' Okavango, it has it's own permanent waterways, surrounded by reeds, trees and papyrus.

    At Chobe you can only experience a small fraction of the river, never-the-less, it is still very pretty and we found plenty of elephant in the area, attracted I suspect by the water supply.

    There are two camps in this area, a safari camp and a remote camping ground. It's a tough access to this camp and very isolated, if you are braver than us, then you may love it. You seriously can only access by 4x4, an attempt in any other vehicle would be impossible.

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    Game watching

    by kiberenge Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    October in Botswana is very hot temperatures goes upto 40 degrees, the air is still and the heat seems to have a physical force.
    Take a game drive in Chobe national park. , the great thing about october is animals feel the heat too- so like like school kids they are in abundance at the river. In chobe alone there are 45000 elephants- said to be the highest concentration in the world,
    Along the river there will be elephants abound , the younger ones often playful, there will be hippos grazing with th cattle and buffalo on sedudu. deep in the bush there will be girrafes.

    dont afford to miss this crucial month.

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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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    Moremi Wild Reserve, cheetahs in the grass

    by sachara Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    The cheetahs start to walk through the high grass, climbed on trunks and sat down again. We could follow them a long time with our eyes, driving slowly on the track beside them. These animals are so extremely gracefull. We were very lucky to spot them, because their numbers are small. This was the first time that year our driver from Kasane saw them. He was also very excited.

    Allthough it was hunting time and there were many impala's around, they walked slowly ...
    Cheetahs can speed up to 110 KM/h for catching their prey, but only for a very short time.

    cheetahs
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    Sunrise ... sunset ... in the Okavango delta

    by magor65 Updated Feb 18, 2011

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    We get up early enough to see the sunrise in the Delta. The mokoros glide almost soundlessly across the water and we can contemplate the dawn. The sky is painted with all shades of pink, the shapes of palms emerge slowly against the horizon and suddenly the river is lit up and sparkles with hues of silver.
    We go on another island in hope of spotting more game. Bad luck - apart from the skull of a giraffe, there's no trace of any animals. We come back a little disappointed and spend a lazy few hours in the camp. Then I and my sister-in-law ask one of the polers to go for a walk with us - we are not going to repeat the mistake from the previous day when we left the camp alone. The walk is great - the young man turns to be a great and knowledgeable guide and he speeks good English. We can see a big group of zebras and a lone wildebeest. Again they are so close - they seem to be waiting for us to come even closer and in the last moment graciously run away.
    In the aftenoon another mokoro trip this time to the hippo pool. Our guide doesn't want us to feel disappointed and says that we might see no hippos at all. But as we come closer to the pool we hear the characteristic sound of snorting and then we catch a glimpse of hippos in water. They are swimming next to the river bank, from time to time emerging from water for a moment too short to take a good picture. We have to stay in the safe distance but we spend about half an hour watching them.
    Then we return to the camp and on the way admire our last sunset in the Okavango delta.

    a lone wildebeest
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    A boerewors braai

    by JohanIsWeg Updated Jul 8, 2009

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    Chances are you'll reach your Botswana safari destination via South Africa. Be sure to purchase boerewors from a butcher as part of your supplies.

    There is nothing nicer than to sit around a crackling campfire at night, a lion's roar from the darkness and boerewors sizzling on the braai (barbeque).

    Boerewors is a very popular South African sausage consisting of minced beef and pork with a variety of spices, including coriander seed, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
    If you're really lucky, you may have a person in the group who knows how to prepare putu pap - a maize-based dish to accompany the meat.
    Enjoy!

    Discussing the day's sights
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    MY FRIEND – MR. BUCKET

    by DAO Updated Oct 17, 2009

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    This is my highly versatile friend – Mr. Bucket. Before you think I have gone totally mad, just read on. I may be mad, but this is a friend you need for any sort of stays in Africa. So what can Mr. Bucket do for you? Well, Mr. Bucket holds water. So he can keep water for emergency drinking, putting out campfires, washing out toilets/ground, and for washing clothes. He is also indispensable for taking a bath when the water stops running. He can even store his own water. On top of all this Mr. Bucket can help you when he’s dry too. He holds things for you to carry or store. He’s great for storing liquid containers like cleaners and alcohol that could leak out. Yep, Mr. Bucket – leave home with it! When you are finished with Mr. Bucket please leave him for a local person to use.

    Mr. Bucket is available at fine stores, and no so fine stores, all over Africa for about 50 US cents - $2. Now that’s a bargain. The first pictured Mr. Bucket started with me in Ghanzi and went along for the ride to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa & Lesotho. I gave him to another traveller in Johannesburg.

    FROM GHANZI TO VICTORIA FALLS IN GHANZI - WASHING CLOTHES & PUTTING OUT FIRES MR. BUCKET HOLDING MY WHISKEY AND WINDOWCLEANER MR. BUCKET'S FRIENDS IN NAMIBIA WHEN THE WATER STOPPED IN UGANDA
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    TROPIC OF CAPRICORN

    by DAO Updated Sep 19, 2009

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    I came across this marker while driving towards Gabarone. Unfortunately it has not been well looked after. So what is it? The term Capricorn comes from the Latin words caper (goat) and cornu (horn) and is the name given to one of the 12 constellations in the zodiac. What this means in earthly term is this. This parallel is the farthest point south at which the sun can be seen directly overhead at noon. Located at latitude 23 degrees south of the equator; it is the southern boundary of the tropics.

    Latitude at 23degrees30' south of the equator

    About 150 kilomteres north of Gaborone

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    Camping in the Okavango delta

    by magor65 Updated Feb 18, 2011

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    We stop at one of the numerous islands in the delta. It's to be our home for two nights. We are told to pitch our tents next to the river bank on an uneven terrain of a very modest size. In result, the 15 tents ( there are 16 people in our group plus the polers) are so squeezed that there's hardly any space to walk between them. We are surprised. The island is so big - why can't we camp in a more spacious place? We are to find out the answer later - it's for safety reasons. They show us the toilet - a hole in the ground surrounded by some bushes. Everybody must think about the same - how to use it without being disturbed by others? The first impressions are rather discouraging. I think to myself: " What am I doing here? I didn't use to be a girl-guide and never regretted it. It's not for me".
    In the meantime our guide and cook in one person makes a meal for us; it's delicious, as usual. The polers wait till we have finished and then start cooking for themselves. Yes, the atmosphere is like on the scout camp.

    Making a meal camping in the Okavango delta
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