Okavango Delta – the 2020 flood

Last year Maun received none of the floodwaters that usually arrive in winter. The summer rains in Angola 1000km to the north had been poor, and the flood just didn’t get right through the Okavango Delta to Maun; Well below average summer rainfall added to the drought. Rainy season is December to March in AngolaContinue reading “Okavango Delta – the 2020 flood”

Hover

There are about 6000 species of hoverfly. They disguise themselves as wasps but they’re harmless little buggers and they do a great deal of good pollinating and eating pests like aphids. They love flowers and nectar so they hang around lovely perfume-smelling things: My cellphone pics and videos of the Khwai River hoverfly weren’t greatContinue reading “Hover”

Oddballs, Then and Now

It has gone wimpish! Actually Oddballs Palm Island Luxury Lodge is still a wonderful, more affordable way to see the Okavango Delta and this post must be taken with a pinch of salt; My tongue is in my cheek; This is classic “The Good Old Days Was Better” bulldust. As my friend Greg says, ‘TheContinue reading “Oddballs, Then and Now”

The Under-rated Metropolis of Maun

With all due respect to Moremi, Chobe and Makgadikgadi, the birds you can see in and around Maun rival them all. In fact, pound-for-pound or especially dollar-per-bird, Maun wins hands-down. Especially  when you’re staying in your little sis’ house, eating her food and driving her car! So here’s a good recipe for Best Botswana Birding:Continue reading “The Under-rated Metropolis of Maun”

Makgadikgadi Pans, Khumaga Gate

The Tamalakhane River runs south-west out of Maun and when it turns east it’s called the Boteti. After a while it runs southward forming the western boundary of the huge Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park. At Kumagha village there’s a gate into the park. When the river has water in it a ferryman carries you across,Continue reading “Makgadikgadi Pans, Khumaga Gate”

Do It Now

=========ooo000ooo========= Straight after posting this I got a gotcha! email from Janet in Maun: Ha! Now I’ve got you! Stop procrastinating and VISIT! So I have booked to go to Botswana in March after years of procrastinating. That is, Janet’s friend Bronwyn arranged a great price and booked. The 14th of March. YES! Can’t wait!Continue reading “Do It Now”

On Safari with a Bushman – 3. Cook’s Tour

Cook’s Tour: Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique via Botswana. We only had a month, so not as leisurely as we would have liked. Can hardly believe it was fourteen years ago! The kids are now 19 and 15! Mostly we drove at a leisurely pace and didn’t do great distances. We did put in a longContinue reading “On Safari with a Bushman – 3. Cook’s Tour”

Lloyd’s Camp, Savuti

We flew east out of Oddballs / Delta leaving the green delta; then across the dry Kalahari to Savuti: The flight was a bit bumpy in the hot clear air and Aitch started to go green about the gills, but we landed before she resorted to any lumpy laughter. At the Savuti strip we wereContinue reading “Lloyd’s Camp, Savuti”

Xudum in Okavango

Another trip to the Delta! Aitch and I flew from Maun to Xudum in 2001 when Janet & Duncan were running the show for Landela Safaris. We landed on the nearby bush strip. After a few days in camp they had business in Maun and we accompanied them on the drive out of the DeltaContinue reading “Xudum in Okavango”

Oddballs Palm Island Luxury Lodge

Getting into Botswana’s Okavango Delta can be awfully expensive. A cheaper way is to fly in to Oddballs Palm Island Luxury Lodge, get on a mokoro and disappear off into the wild with a guide who knows where he’s going and what he’s doing. In 1993 Aitch and I did just that, spending a nightContinue reading “Oddballs Palm Island Luxury Lodge”

Limpopo Lepadi

I joined Jenny & Tabs Fyvie for a lovely week in the bush at their luxury lodge in Botswana. Right on the banks of the Limpopo river – a wonderful setting. Their friends from their days in the lowveld Johan and Elsa were there, and other shareholders from the Eston district, Pete & Bruce. WonderfulContinue reading “Limpopo Lepadi”

We Kayak the Kalahari

As a schoolboy I was keen on kayaking and was tickled by a cartoon depicting a kayak on dry land trailing a dust plume with the caption Kalahari Canoe Club! I kept that on my wall for years. Kayak’ing in the desert was just a joke, right!? In January 2010 we got to the KalahariContinue reading “We Kayak the Kalahari”

Album Safari 2003

Trish (Aitch) and 5yr-old Jess made a paste-and-cut album when we got back from our trip to five Southern African countries. I found it lying around so thought I’d photograph it and paste it here as a gallery. Click on the first pic and it will open full size, then scroll through the 43 picsContinue reading “Album Safari 2003”