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Botswana – spectacular!

 

A simple sign heralds the border

 

 

After a day off the bike in Mafikeng we cross in to Botswana. The border crossing is a breeze. We get our visas and pay our ‘road safety’ tax and we are in. The officials couldn’t be friendlier. In our first 200 ks on the road we are stopped at roadblocks four times and again there is nothing but smiling faces to greet us.

 

 

 

 

Smiling faces everywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock crossing

 

 

We spend New Year’s Eve at Francistown but don’t see the New Year in. it’s been a long hot day on the road. You have to be on your metal at every turn because of the ‘wildlife’. Goats, donkeys, cattle graze alongside the road and wander down the middle of the road.

 

 

 

 

The real Africa

 

 

 

This feels more the ‘real Africa’ to us. People live as they lived hundreds of years ago. They build their fences from tree limbs and graze their animals on the roadside.

We get to Maun, on the edge of the Okavango Delta. It’s from here that we take our first game safari into Moremi Game Reserve.

 

 

 

Giraffe

 

 

we planned to visit Africa we wanted to see the Big 5 – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. This is going to be our first chance to fulfil that dream.

Before we even get in to the park we see giraffe.

 

 

 

 

A dazzle of zebra

 

 

 

Inside, travelling over bone jarring bumps we experience the African wildlife up close… Zebras galore,

 

 

 

 

Warthogs - only a mother could love them!

 

 

Warthogs,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antelope

More  varieties of antelope than we knew existed,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A raft of hippos

 

 

 

Hippos,

 

 

 

 

 

A noon-day snooze

 

 

And then a male lion – snoozing away in the midday heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elephants - big and small

 

 

 

On our way out of the park we see elephants – big bull elephants and a family group with several babies.

 

 

 

 

 

Rickety bridges are no match for the safari truck!

 

 

 

 

It’s a long day and it’s uncomfortable at times as we bounce along the dirt roads but what a day.

This is the Africa we dreamed of!

3 Responses to “Botswana – spectacular!”

  1. Michele Foster says:

    Hi Brian & Shirley, long time since I have emailed. Heard Brian talking on the ABC on day (awesome) – Africa looks unbelievable! Great photos.. I have to read your adventure backwards to catch up (lost your card). A belated “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” and Monday is Australia Day – so Aussie Aussie Aussie – oui oui oui – Happy Australia Day too. Safe travels love to you both Michele & Brian Foster xx

  2. Mark Stella says:

    Brian and Shirley

    Great to continue reading your reports from around the world. After Africa where to then ? Just keep well and keep the big GSA upright.

    Regards

    Mark Stella
    Melbourne

  3. David Edmunds says:

    Very nice great set of photos .

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