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Botswana

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Following another easy border crossing, with the most cheerful, friendly immigration officials I’ve ever seen, we were into Botswana and drove to Maun, a town on the edge of the Okavango Delta. From here we did a three day expedition into the delta in traditional ‘Mokoro’ canoes, poled along by local guides from the surrounding villages. We camped on an island in the delta – home to one of the largest concentrations of animals in the whole of Southern Africa.
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Mike tried to make a raft boat from reeds and a tarp. It failed. His attempt at fishing did also. The net he laid in one of the channels was mysteriously trashed in the night. The guides thought it could have been a hippo…

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One of the local girls who came with us was most amused with Dan’s beard and decided to braid it. He kept this for several days, looking like a pirate (“Cap’n Cheesebeard”).

We did several bush walks and saw lots of wildlife, pretty close.

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We heard a lion roaring at one point, but didn’t see it. It was really exciting though, if a little unnerving, knowing that there was nothing between us and them, in their natural environment.

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This is the moon, rising as soon as the sun had set.

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Neil, looking a little evil.

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During one of our walks, we came across some elephant bones. A pretty large jawbone.

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Zoe and Andy.

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Ryan.

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Hippo, seen from my mokoro. These kill more humans than any other animal in Africa. We did some swimming (and fair amount of wrestling) in similar pools.

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Termite mound. These were scattered all over Namibia and Botswana, some of them over two metres tall.

I loved the time we spent in the Delta. It was a welcome break from truck routine, and being out in the delta was so peaceful. The animals we saw made it even better: elephants, zebras, hippos, warthogs, African fish eagles and quite a few antelope.

Upon returning to Maun, we did a scenic flight over the area of the delta in which we had been for the past few days.

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The size of it is phenomenal. From the air we saw so many animals, but unfortunately none of these photos came out well, due to the vibrations of the Cessna.

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Stuffed lion in Maun.

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Ardvark on the side of the road. Dan and I threw Falcon’s shoes on top.

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Falcon was not happy.

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Playing around with the shutter speed on my camera. The moon.

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The Southern Cross, with the pointer stars to the left.

We saw so many animals on the side of the road whilst driving through Botswana; elephants, monkeys, giraffes and antelopes.

We did a boat cruise on the Chobe River and saw an unbelievable number of elephants, along with many other animals.
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African Fish Eagles.

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Laura looking happy (“This is not a booze cruise…”)

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Colourful bee eaters by their nest holes in the river bank.

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Male kudu.

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Daddy, mummy and baby elephants.

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Buffalo.

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Posted by AlTiffany2 08:04 Archived in Botswana

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I loved the pictures of the animals and scenery. Jess
We are really jealous about you stroking a cheetah. Chelsea
I liked seeing the picture of the Southern Cross Josh K.
I really like all your pictures and comments. Harry
Thank you from Dad and Year 4

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