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Old 10-06-2013, 12:27 AM   #5716
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So glad you get to experience what the real Africa bush should be (Although staying in that tents is a bit cheating )
Too often (We that stay here) take it for granted

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Old 10-06-2013, 04:11 AM   #5717
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So glad you get to experience what the real Africa bush should be (Although staying in that tents is a bit cheating )
Too often (We that stay here) take it for granted
Yes the Tented camp was really nice. I admit that it made the experience really easy :)
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:27 AM   #5718
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Safari on the Okavango Delta

First day of the Safari, I am up early at 5:30 for Coffee around the fire with the Camp director..... Then Mr T my guide and our driver head off to spot some game. Just outside the camp we come around a corner, and a large Bull Elephant was in the road....... We just stopped and watched him for awhile.







He gave us a few false charges as he did not like us there..... But we just wanted to get by.



and then a pride of 3 male lions. And of course.... could not bring the bike out here, so the mirror will have to do.



Amazing being just 2-4 meters from the lions. Watching them!



and a Yawn ....



turns into this......... Just 3 meters from our jeep.



Beautiful Animals to watch




Then Elephants.



And so many animals to see, Giraffes, Zebra's, Warthogs. Just a few photos.....

















This could go on all day ..... Took so many photos but since it was just me ..... we had lots of time to just observe and enjoy the animals in there space. Back to camp late morning for a full breakfast!



After a bit of a rest, as being up early and spotting game is hard work
we Drove around the area to the New Camp that is where they are moving for Summer. It has more water surrounding the camp, and much more shade. Met Ronnie and Sue who are the owners. really nice people. Took a little siesta by the water on a day bed. Great! Then Moroka back to shore.










Took a sunset drive, and watched the sunset with the Zebra's! Amazing. The day was much cooler due to cloud cover. Was refreshing.





Back to camp for a shower, then G&T by the fire pit enjoying the sounds of nature. Dinner of fresh fish and chips, salad and wine. Roughing it :)

Back to the fire to relax and enjoy the evening. Had a few drops of rain as well. Then to bed early.

Up at 6Am for a coffee by the fire, then a bush walk with Mr T. We headed out of the camp into the surrounding Bush. It is a very different experience to be walking in the terrain that all the animals roam. You feel very small when you see the Elephant prints, water holes, trees that they have broken off. We saw Warthogs up close, elephants in the distance, a lone Giraffe, Water Antelopes, lots of bee eaters, and other birds including a Vulture.



We tracked some Warthogs




Learned about the various plants like the "shepard tree" or tree of life. Due to the food that it provides (kind of a meal). And the Termite mounds, Anteaters, and other plants along the way. 2 hour walk through the bush was great !



Elephant Tracks



Leopard Tracks



On the bush walk I sort of felt like Merlin Perkins of Mutual of Omaha's Wild kingdom that appeared on TV sunday Evening in the 60-70 when I was a kind. Whispering about the animals and their habits and habitat! LOL. You of my generation in the US know what I mean.

Elephant Bones from a Lion that killed a baby Elephant



Learning about the Elephant teeth.



Relaxing in the bush has been an amazing experience. The interaction of the animals to help each other stay safe and way from predators, or to stay alone during the older years. The family units, mating and survival is all fascinating.




Last Morning and the start of the 28th month of my travels! Up early for a drive where we saw a pride of 5 lions, 200 Water Buffalo's, zebras, and so many other animals. WOW.



You can see on the right Male Lion that he has a wounded left forearm



Then they were stocking the Water Buffalo



Moving into the taller grass to blend in and wait....



Herd of about 200 Water Buffalo just upwind.





and Zebra's



and Wildebeast



Had a young french couple arrive and another guy who was an agent for this type of Safari trip. We had an afternoon Mokoro trip to sit and watch sunset.





African Sunsets. Very cool!



Then dinner.... and conversation at the fire!


Next morning. Lots more to see.



Then back to camp for breakfast/brunch then I flew out at 12:15. Arrived back to Maun at 1:15 and was right on time to greet Dick and Diana (my KiWI friends!) at the Maun airport as they walked into the main airport lobby on there way to the Delta!! Fantastic. This is the 6th country that I have seen Dick in the past year! Has been great seeing them so much!!



Welcoming them to Botswana as they are heading out to safari in the Delta as well!



Audio Camp for the evening, then pack up and ride to Nata and a place called Elephant Sands. En route we met 4 irish guys all on African twins that had started in Kenya and are taking 7 weeks to ride to Cape Town. Was great chatting with them.








They had been at Elephant Sands and loved it. They said the last 1.4 KM of Sand was deep and one guy fell over a few times.

We knew we were getting close.





We got to the last 1.4 KM at about 2PM. It was the heat of the day and started up the sand. Wow …. some of the hardest riding I have done in the deep sand. I kept it upright but it was tough. Hard on the body as I held the bike up. Jorg on the GS wallowed in the deep.



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We did air down the tires and that helped … but with the heat and deep it was tough going. The reward was they the Elephant Sands resort was a place not to miss. It is a watering hole that elephants come to from all around. We saw hundreds….. It was great watching them from so close as they jockeyed for position, chased up. hurded , and some played in the mud hole. Was a fantastic place. As the sun set it cooled right down, had a great dinner at and watched and listened to the elephants into the evening! Cost 600 Pula per night for a chalet.



It is a watering hole that the owners truck in water .... and the Elephants come to drink. We spent all afternoon watching them!







and a Pool for us to cool down in!



Some Elephants used the water hole to slop mud and water on them



Amazing to watch!





Up close the elephant hides are very tough





There were some huge elephants in the mix as they jockey for position. It was great to watch!



Lots of other travelers from all over the world here!

Then some would go and more would arrive..... Right past the Chalets



Our Chalet for the night



The bar and pool facing the Elephant area. Fantastic place!




In the morning we needed to face the deep sand again. The cool night, and aired down tires helped as we rode out. It was still a challenging ride out, but i did not fall, and had an easier time. Aired back up at the road.





Then headed to Nata and then Francistown on our way to Zimbabwe. The border crossing out of Botswana was really easy, clean and efficient.





Out of the gate of Botswana



Welcome to Zimbabwe



Ride into covered parking for Zimbabwe. Windows out to parking so we could keep an eye on our bikes






Arrived Zimbabwe border in 10 Km and then it took another 1+ hours to get a Visa. I had to pay $30 USD for my visa, and fill out the paperwork. Then temporary import of the bike and pay another fee of $310 Pula for import taxes and 3rd party insurance required.

Out the last gate and into Zimbabwe. Country number 24 for me on this journey!



Then into Bulawayo.



We were staying the night with a friend of Jorg and Lily who lives here. Met Sherry, Carl and their two year old Summer, and Carl's Mom Doreen. Very nice people!! Was great to talk about the country, business, politics and Carl had been watching the TV program "Motorcycle Adventure - Henry Cole". Will have to check it out.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:42 AM   #5719
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This is much better than Discovery channel or Animal Planet as I can't comment on the TV.
Great experience you have brought to us.
Thank you very much.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:43 AM   #5720
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WOW Mark, an incredible update. I love all those big animals, it must have been great fun to be out there with them.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:41 AM   #5721
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Yes, wow! Thanks for the incredible pictures. I sit here at the desk on the other side of the planet in much different weather, (watching the leaves fall knowing winter snow is soon) and try to imagine through your pic being where you are. You've made the planet a closer place to all of us. Thank you Mark,
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:15 AM   #5722
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Love your mirror in photo pics, thks for sharing this as this african section is one of my dream trips. BM going well now it seems.
Do you have detail on the Irish Africa twin guys you passed in Botswana
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:25 PM   #5723
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

We stayed a couple nights in Bulawayo so we could visit some friends of Jorg and Lily's. We were a big hit with 2 year old Summer. She was very focused on all the things that she knew the names of!! Talking to Jorg.



Her Mom Sherry sitting on Jorg's Bike



We decided to get a quick oil change done while we were here. found Oil and a shop to make the change.







At the Auto Supply store, Desmond who is 72 Years old stopped for a chat about Motorbikes! He rides everyday!! Desmond



After a nice stay with Sherry and Carl, we rode north to the Famous Victoria Falls.



Some of the local Rondeval dwellings.



and more than a few burnt out trucks and cars abandoned along the roadways



It's the dry season now, so not so much water is flowing.....



Some interesting facts .....



Been to 3 of this list.



Statue of Livingstone



Then the walk along the waterfall .....







Look closely at this one. Right in the middle where water is not running, at the very top of the falls is "devils Pool" with the water low.... You can walk out and sit in the pool That is todays activity !!



see the people.....



Wahoo! Victoria Falls.



This is the bridge over to Zambia



After walking the walls area. We headed to the Victoria Falls Hotel for a real Colonial treat. High Tea on the veranda.







Had to have the scones at High Tea



Was a great day to enjoy the falls. But the water is low compared to the normal high flow season. But I can imagine the noise and extra water flowing over the rocks. But still a fun place to see.





Packing up this am and headed to the Zambia side .......... another border crossing..... another day on the road!
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:38 PM   #5724
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...we rode north to the Famous Victoria Falls.
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It's the dry season now, so not so much water is flowing.....

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I can hear Ladybug thinking, but I'm not going to say anything.
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:05 AM   #5725
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I can hear Ladybug thinking, but I'm not going to say anything.

Ah Ken "It's Just a waterfall"
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:55 AM   #5727
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I have been fortunate enough to see Vic Falls with little water going over and also in "flood". You see much more when the river is low as there is very little mist. In flood you get soaked to the skin and I wore a rain coat. Visibility is also reduced due to the mist. But either way it is a spectacular sight. IMHO to visit the falls for the first and maybe only time I think that the dry season is better. But that is my view. Did you do the walk around the Park and see the massive Boabab tree?

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Old 10-07-2013, 10:54 AM   #5728
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I have also seen the falls in full flood, spectacular and awe inspiring for me, yes I do agree that you see more when the river is low. But for me the thunder and sheer volume of water was something else.
I was here last some 10 years ago and can say that both the Zimbabwe side and in Zambia the towns look cleaner, safer, the roads better and less hawkers trying to sell you something.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:18 PM   #5729
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Fabulous update!

Great pictures as usual. Looks like the safari was well worth it.
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Did you do the walk around the Park and see the massive Boabab tree?
Thanks for your comments. In seeing these kinds of things..... You just need to enjoy the experience. We actually did not walk out to the "bug Tree" but saw lots of them in Oz.
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