This is so in the train to Pretoria that our second part in Southern Africa starts.
We have booked a 10 days trip through Gecko’s (australian company) which will lead us through Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Here the map of our travel from Johannesburg to Maun in Botswana.
We join our group on the first day on the outskrit of Pretoria. We are 10 in total plus our tour leader (Simba from Zimbabwe), cook (Irvin from Zimbabwe) and the driver from South Africa.
So with us, two English people (John and Declan), 2 americain from New-Yord (Stephanie and her mother Rosanna) and 4 americain from Philadelphia (Peter and Nancy, parents of Marianne and her fiance Alex who are stil travelling through Africa at the time I write this post)
On the second day, after an early start we enter Botswana through Martin’s drift post. We arrive on the middle of the afternoon at Khama Rhino Sanctuary, close to the city of Serowe.
This sanctuary was created in 1992 par the people of Serowe to protect Rhinoceros from Poaching. This park of 4300 hectares is home to up to 80 Rhinoceros but as welll 230 species of birds and other species animals such as Girafe, cheetah, leopard…
Horns that some Asian country loves and are ready to do anything to get some. In country like Botswana or South Africa where it is hard to make money sometimes, local people are ready to kill Rhinos to then sell it on black market. In Botswana, (not like in SA), if a ranger finds a poacher, he has the right to kill him…
Small gallery of our safari drive in the Rhino Sanctuary:
On the third day, we cross Botswana from South to North to reach the town of Maun, the Okavango Delta gate. The Okavango Delta is the second largest delta of the world (18.000 km2) right after the Central Niger Delta (40,000 km2). This delta is not opened to the sea, therefore all the water evaporated in the Desert of Kalahari. Every year, this is around 11 km3 of water that goes through the Delta and only a small part ends up into Ngami Lac.
The delta is home of more than 400 species of birds as well a lot of game such as elephants, lions, wildebeest, varan, zebras, leopard, hyenas, cheetah, crocodile, black and white Rhinoceros, Warthog and so on.)
Today, the Okavango delta is in danger. Indeed the governement of Namibia plans to build a dam before to Delta to regulate the water flow and allow some dry area to be transformed into fertile area. This looks good for the local population of Namibia but the risks to change the how the delta runs and its ecosystem is far high.
This is there that Caroline will receive her first birthday gitf: One hour flight above the Okavango. We will be able to spot a lot of game such as Girafes, elephants, hippos and Warthog. The flight was really amazing and we will remember it for a long time.
Firstly a short gallery on the delta:
Followed by a video of the flight to give you an idea of it:
The next morning we are leaving to go camping 3 days in the delta.
This is by Mokoro (dugout canoe) that we reach the short of an island within the delta:
The island is currently an island but after all the water is gone will become part of the dry landscape. Sometimes the water gets so high that some part of the delta are totally subermged. The water that feeds the delta comes from Angola, then quickly crosses Namibia
We spent two nights camping in the middle of nonewhere and fully opened which means that any animal can visit us at night.. Hum…
Our principal activities overthere were organized around:
-trekking in the savanna hunting for game
– admire the sunset from the Mokoros,
A short video of the sunset since the Mokoros
– swim in the delta around the crocodiles and hippos.. (luckily we didn’t see any)
– watch a spectacle of local songs and dance.
Below a video of the traditional songs:
The only deception was not to see a lot of game (except Zebras).
We kind of knew about it since we have done the flight. It was required to go further north, further deep in the delta to spot lions, elephants and other.
We end up this post with a gallery of our 3 days camping in the delta.
A big thanks to John for the pictures I have us on this particular post.
See you very soon for the next stops of our Southern Africa trip being Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Caro and Jacques