Botswana series (2)


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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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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