Botswana series (2)

Moremi

After enjoying the hustle and bustle of Botswana’s frontier town Maun, head north for 40km on good tar road to Shorobe. Thereafter the tar gives way to good gravel for another 25km, where you need to turn left towards South Gate, another 30km away. All up it should take you one and a half hours, maybe two, allowing for time to deflate your tires. This last stretch is already in a game area, where you can expect to see just about all the wildlife you will encounter in Moremi itself, because there are no fences around Moremi. We saw plenty of impala and a large herd of elephants.

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Botswana series (1)

Why Botswana

Maybe it’s the unspoilt wilderness, maybe it’s the friendly people, maybe it’s just Africa; or maybe it’s because we had our unforgettable honeymoon there all those years ago, but something keeps drawing us back to Botswana. 

So, for these reasons and many more, we decided to write about our epic Botswana itinerary, which we recently completed for the third time.

Being our honeymoon, the first time we obviously went alone, back in 1991. Bright eyed and bushy tailed we embarked on an adventure, into a Botswana that was still relatively undiscovered. Blissfully unaware of the various hazards one must contend with, like soft sand and water crossings, we dived right in, with no idea how to use that old Land Rover. The second time, when we took our 4 kids to retrace that honeymoon, we again travelled alone, albeit equipped with a decent 4×4 and some basic skills to use it. 

The point is, this trip can easily be done solo, provided the necessary preparations are taken.  So this year, we decided to share this special trip with family from Austria and South Africa who share our sense of adventure.

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Addo Elephant National Park

Home to the Big 5, as well as one of the densest Elephant populations in Africa, and offering a truly unrivaled biodiversity – The Addo Elephant National Park is not to be missed.

The Addo Elephant National Park has come a long way since we first explored it in the late eighties when it consisted of what is now the central section!

Since then the park has been extended to include the coastal Colchester and Woody Cape sections to the south, as well as the northern Darlington, Kabouga, Zuurberg and Nyathi sections.

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Kruger National Park / Krueger National Park

The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s biggest tourist attraction, and there is a very good reason for that; the Kruger National Park scenery and plenitude of wildlife will capture a part of you forever. It’s a place everyone should experience – at least once in their lifetime.

Where is the Kruger National Park

At nearly 20,000 square kilometres, it is the size of a small country and stretches for 360 km north to south along South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique, and 65 km from east to west. And unlike its bordering famous private game reserves, like Mala Mala and Timbavati, the Kruger is exceptionally accessible; there are affordable accommodation options to suit all pockets.

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Houdenbek – Koue Bokkeveld

Houdenbek – Koue Bokkeveld

Houdenbek is a campsite on a working fruit and vegetable farm in the Koue Bokkeveld near Op-die-Berg in the southern Cederberg.

It is a restored monument situated in the Skurweberg mountains. The air is fresh and unpolluted with uninterrupted views of the unique rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains.

We thoroughly enjoyed looking at the rock formations and identifying pictures in the rocks while appreciating the magic of the rocks and mountains. It is distinctive to the Cederberg and a unique experience not to be missed.

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Klipkrans – Worcester

Klipkrans is a private game farm and campsite located on a particularly beautiful stretch of the Breede River near Worcester. It is the closest camping facility on our largest river from Cape Town, being a quick 1-hour drive (just over 100km away).

The game farm is not especially large, but you will see gemsbok, blue wildebeest, zebra and springbok. There is an easy 4×4 route on the farm which offers some spectacular views. However, the main attraction is the 2.5km river frontage on a broad, slow-flowing part of the Breede River.

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Rivierzicht – Robertson

Rivierzicht is a campsite located on the magnificent Breede River, 13 km before Robertson. We found Rivierzicht a few years back when we researched campsites that has accommodation options for non-campers as well. All our friends, campers and non-campers alike, spent a weekend together and we were all hooked on this getaway spot, which ticks so many boxes for such a diverse group. It is conveniently close to Cape Town (about 1.5 hours’ drive), which makes it a “go-to” place for us Capetonians.

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Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

View over the Forest

With the spicy fragrance and the sound of crinkling leaves still fresh in our minds from our visit to Platbos Forest, we were excited to explore Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. The profound calming and healing powers of forests and water is well documented but, what we didn’t expect was that once you have had a taste of it, you long for the next dose of forest meds. We were ready and excited to discover life in this precious forest.

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Tweede Tol – Limietberg Nature Reserve

For me, Bainskloof is synonymous with a cooler box, the smell of coconut sunscreen and a convoy of cars filled with excited kids impatient to start the day exploring the pools and rocks of Bainskloof

It is one of my favourite mountain passes, not just because it is so picturesque, but also because it awakens happy and familiar memories of my childhood. During our stay at Tweede Tol Campsite I experienced a warm feeling of dejavu as I watched all the families and friends still getting together and making those same memories. This is one place that has remained the same through many many years of change in the world….and I liked it.

Our day at the pools. Stunning  video made by my daughter Katharina

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Bontebok National Park

Visiting Bontebok National Park was a long overdue trip for us as we have not been back for 26 years. It was a trip down memory lane and we were super excited to explore all that Bontebok National Park has to offer.

    We were expecting change, but did not expect to be completely blown away by all the park has to offer now. All the upgrades and development is a reflection of the commitment to preserve a special place for visitors to enjoy, experience and share in this piece of wilderness. Our first impression, as we entered into the park, was that conservation is the main objective and it is wonderful to experience this commitment.

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