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Visit To Botswana 2008

  1. 1. Holiday in Botswana 2008 Part 1 The Journey
  2. 2. We set out from Port Alfred on 23 th April 2008. After a few days in Jhb, a night in Maun, 6 nights in Okuti Lodge, we came back to Jhb for another night. We returned to Port Alfred on 5 May. The 7 strong Okuti Safari team was made up of: * Floss and John Howden (Floss is Les’s sister.) * Genny Wragge and her son Frank and sister, Karen (Genny and Floss went to school together) * Les and Billy NB We all contributed to the photos (either taking or posing)
  3. 4. Destination Okuti in Moremi Game Reserve Okuti Camp is next door to Xakanaka
  4. 5. From PE to JHB <ul><li>We caught a plane to Jhb after having lunch with Sean in Port Elizabeth </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>The new harbour at Ngura (Koega) just outside Port Elizabeth is massive </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Bad photo of our Air Botswana plane that was 3 hours late. Reason? Two planes were needed to complete their flight commitments around the country and only one was available – the other had technical problems. So we started out with misgivings . . . ! </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Bored and irritated passengers! </li></ul>Give us a smile!!!
  8. 9. <ul><li>Moremi Game Reserve </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Coming in to land at Moremi game reserve </li></ul>
  10. 11. Here at last! These 2 planes transported us from Maun to Moremi
  11. 12. Part 2 Okuti Camp Holiday in Botswana 2008
  12. 13. <ul><li>Okuti camp </li></ul><ul><li>A lodge in the Moremi Game Reserve in north Botswana </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity - 18 guests </li></ul><ul><li>It is made up of several ‘tents’ linked by wooden walkways. </li></ul><ul><li>The tents are made from metal arches, covered in canvas. Inside - mostly reeds, separated from the canvas by insulation material. </li></ul><ul><li>The tents overlook the river. </li></ul><ul><li>The camp is not fenced – animals do visit </li></ul><ul><li>The tents are vast caverns – </li></ul><ul><li>cool (cold) at night & warm (hot) during the day. </li></ul>
  13. 14. The front of the tent bungalows
  14. 15. The walkway linking the tents This is elephant poo!
  15. 16. The Entrance hall
  16. 17. <ul><li>The Bird hide </li></ul><ul><li>– also used for special romantic meals </li></ul>
  17. 18. Entertainment deck for communal sitting and relaxing
  18. 19. <ul><li>The pool </li></ul><ul><li>– for cooling off and water aerobics </li></ul>
  19. 20. Communal dining area
  20. 21. The ‘Tent’ Front door Balcony nKGWE eBO kWEBU Turd – elephant or hippo?
  21. 22. Inside the Tent NB Mosquito nets
  22. 23. <ul><li>Inside the Tent </li></ul><ul><li>Afternoon sun streaming in </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>Optional outside shower attached to each dwelling </li></ul><ul><li>Also one inside </li></ul>
  24. 25. Holiday in Botswana 2008 Part 3 Routines in Okuti Camp
  25. 26. <ul><li>Daily schedule </li></ul><ul><li>6.00 am - Wake up call/ morning tea </li></ul><ul><li>6.30 am - Breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>7.00 – 10.30 am – Game drive * </li></ul><ul><li>11.30 am – Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>12.30 – 3.00 pm Siesta ( Not optional) </li></ul><ul><li>3.30 - 6.00 pm - Game drive * </li></ul><ul><li>7.30 pm - pre-diner drinks </li></ul><ul><li>8.00 pm - Supper </li></ul>* or river cruise
  26. 27. MEALS Help yourself breakfast and lunch <ul><li>Choose your Supper </li></ul><ul><li>Meat or vegetarian? </li></ul>
  27. 28. Relaxing before and after supper around the fire
  28. 29. Botswana 2008 Part 4 Camp visitors
  29. 30. The camp had no external fence. In a game reserve it would be reasonable to assume that animals would visit the camp – they did! We were told that when returning to our tents after dark we should ask a game guard to accompany us – just in case. It was difficult to take this advice seriously, but after the first night we realized that it was entirely appropriate.
  30. 31. <ul><li>Night one wake up call </li></ul><ul><li>Heard elephant and hippo grazing just in front of the tent – 2 - 3 metres away. </li></ul><ul><li>Floss and John had an elephant grazing leaves off the tree on their verandah. </li></ul><ul><li>Another visitor had an elephant bashing the railing on the verandah with its trunk. </li></ul><ul><li>The camp manager asked if any one had heard lion wandering around the camp . </li></ul>
  31. 32. There’s something in the bush - but what???
  32. 33. Visit from a bushbuck in the middle of the day
  33. 34. Back scratching <ul><li>In the middle of the night, a hippo decided to go on a walk-about. The walkway was in his way, so he flexed is back muscles. The result…. A very loud noise and a broken walkway! </li></ul>
  34. 35. Gat in die pad! <ul><li>Another outcome …. A conversation piece! </li></ul>
  35. 36. One evening we returned from an afternoon drive to find an elephant next to the parking area.
  36. 37. It moved off and . ..
  37. 38. Some of us went to get a closer look but without success
  38. 39. Floss was a little anxious and sprinted up to the walkway to tell the camp manager. He soon ushered us back to the pub where, as usual, Molly was waiting to serve us drinks.
  39. 40. Part 5 The Animals Holiday in Botswana 2008
  40. 41. Variety <ul><li>We saw many different animals. Because the water level was relatively high, they were not that easy to find. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Check list </li></ul><ul><li>Elephant </li></ul><ul><li>Hippo </li></ul><ul><li>Crocodiles </li></ul><ul><li>Snakes </li></ul><ul><li>Leguan </li></ul><ul><li>Buffalo </li></ul><ul><li>Lion </li></ul><ul><li>Impala </li></ul><ul><li>Water Buck </li></ul><ul><li>Zebra </li></ul><ul><li>Letchwe </li></ul><ul><li>Hyena </li></ul>
  41. 42. Elephant Plenty
  42. 43. Herd
  43. 44. Elephant crossing
  44. 45. Mommy and Junior
  45. 46. Get off my road!
  46. 47. Giraffe - toiletries
  47. 48. Zebra
  48. 49. Buffalo Herd of about 200 Provided a steady diet for Lions
  49. 50. Buffs grazing the long grass
  50. 51. Hippo Big, noisy, strange toilet habits
  51. 52. Hippos in the background toilet tree on the right
  52. 53. At the hippo pool
  53. 54. eBushbuck ‘Sorry Darling, I have a headache’
  54. 55. Impala It was the start of the rutting season. So we saw females and youngsters, with single rams in charge. Also lots of rams butting heads!
  55. 56. Impala ram
  56. 57. His hareem
  57. 58. Young impala
  58. 59. What can you hear?
  59. 60. Baboons
  60. 61. Lion <ul><li>We were fortunate to see several lion </li></ul><ul><li>Individually and in packs, lolling around and on the move. </li></ul>
  61. 62. Sharing a Lion
  62. 63. Sniffing around ‘I know she is here some where’ Ah, there she is!
  63. 64. Lyin’ in the long grass
  64. 65. Found her
  65. 66. Checking out the vehicle
  66. 67. Lying around
  67. 68. Cubs having fun
  68. 69. Keeping an eye on the stolen leopard kill in the bush on her left. She eventually decided that it needed much closer attendence
  69. 70. Billy’s Lion pic John’s Lion pic
  70. 71. How do you handle a lion if it is so close?
  71. 72. Gently!
  72. 73. Holiday in Botswana 2008 Part 6 The Birds
  73. 74. Birds at Okuti <ul><li>Birds formed an increasing part of the Okuti experience. </li></ul><ul><li>James, the guide had such excellent eyes, and was so knowledgeable that one couldn’t help but get interested. </li></ul><ul><li>Les and Billy added 50 new birds to their bird list (i.e. never seen before in their birding career) </li></ul><ul><li>Photos are limited – we didn’t have the right equipment but this will give you some idea. </li></ul>
  74. 75. Crake strolling around looking for crumbs
  75. 76. European roller Fish eagle Little bee eater
  76. 77. Sacred Ibis
  77. 78. The star of the show – the illusive Pels fishing owl
  78. 79. Grey hooded Kingfisher
  79. 80. Saddlebill stork
  80. 81. Some of the new birds seen (with thanks to various photographers on the internet)
  81. 82. Which is the flying Chillipepper and which is the flying Banana?
  82. 85. Holiday in Botswana 2008 PART 7: Other Interesting moments
  83. 86. The River <ul><li>Game drive or river cruise – those were the options. </li></ul><ul><li>We went on one river cruise and a spent a few hours on the mokoras. It wasn’t a journey to see things, but rather to experience the tranquility of travelling in Africa without any bumps! </li></ul><ul><li>And the sunsets! Fantastic! </li></ul>
  84. 87. African version of a gondolier – the mokora poler
  85. 88. Exploring channels in Makoras
  86. 89. Some of the team Genny, Billy, Karen, James, Frank, Les
  87. 90. Going. . .
  88. 91. Going. . .
  89. 92. Gone
  90. 93. <ul><li>Les’s Birthday </li></ul><ul><li>Les managed to get her birthday to coincide with our visit. This produced many surprises! </li></ul>
  91. 94. Les’s Birthday cake
  92. 97. Party on Les’s birthday
  93. 98. Enthusiastic Song and Dance entertainment from the staff
  94. 99. Sundowners usually at about 5.30. we stopped for snacks and drinks, where ever we were
  95. 100. On Les’s birthday we had champagne
  96. 101. Frank was the official champagne opener and distributor
  97. 102. Toasting the birthday girl
  98. 103. Sundowners at the hippo pool
  99. 104. James stuck to ginger ale
  100. 105. Hippos wallowing
  101. 106. Hippo pool
  102. 107. Sun on its journey home
  103. 108. Going . . .
  104. 109. Going . ..
  105. 110. Going . . .
  106. 111. Holiday in Botswana 2008 Part 8 The Journey home
  107. 112. Final team photo Karen, Genny, John, Floss, Les James, Billy, Frank
  108. 113. Saying cheers to James, a gentleman with incredible knowledge ! He said ‘I am going to miss your group.’ Was that a compliment?
  109. 114. Views of the countryside
  110. 120. Maun landing strip
  111. 121. Robbie being persuaded to pose
  112. 122. All smiles after an excellent holiday
  113. 123. How do you handle a lion if it is so close?
  114. 124. Gently!
  115. 125. Nearly home and then a half hour hold up at Kenton
  116. 126. Arrived home safely and please to have enjoyed a unique African experience
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