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Elephant phobia in Savuti

Day 19 was another day filled with game watching and relaxing. Apart from the normal elephants etc, we came across a lioness crossing the road. Another interesting sight was a Tawny Eagle eating what appeared to be a Black Mamba that he had caught. The snake was at least two and a half meters long. On returning to camp we once again were greeted by two elephants eating the grass around our tent. I think Corinne has given up on elephants. The rest of the evening was spent around the camp fire eating steak and finishing off the last of our alcohol supplies L. Next day Sunday, tragedy.

Tawny Eagle with a Mamba?

Tawny Eagle with a Mamba?


Hornbill in camp

Hornbill in camp


Elephants Savuti

Elephants Savuti

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Elephants for Africa

Day 18 we packed up and left Moremi for Savuti in the South of Chobe Reserve. The roads are a challenge and a lot of it needs to be done in 4×4. On the road we came across a Python of about two meters long. The area is real bush. No electricity or cell phone signal so if one breaks down or runs out of fuel you pretty much stay there until a lion comes to finish you off. Once we arrived at Savuti we siphoned our spare fuel into the bakkie, set up camp and went out to explore. Once again a lot of the area was fairly overgrown but at least the signage was an improvement. Elephants are everywhere at Savuti. You trip over them around every corner. After a short game drive we returned to camp for a well earned drink and braai. Our camera had by this time run out of battery; however the Savuti staff kindly allowed us to charge it on their generator. The night was calm and warm and full of the sounds of the bush including an elephant that decided to feed all around our tent. Corinne now has an elephant phobia J.

Python Savuti

Python Savuti


A vlei near Savuti

A vlei near Savuti


Baobab Savuti

Baobab Savuti


Plovers Savuti

Plovers Savuti


Lioness Savuti

Lioness Savuti


Zebra confusion Savuti

Zebra confusion Savuti


Refueling at Savuti

Refueling at Savuti


Our camp Savuti

Our camp Savuti


Water supply Savuti

Water supply Savuti

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Relaxing from Elephant Phobia

Day 17 was a day spent game viewing and relaxing. Not too much driving, a bit of sleeping and a bit of beer drinking. The area, although beautiful is quite overgrown and the sign posting is virtually non-existent. We spent the morning exploring and generally getting lost or fighting the sandy roads in 4×4. We actually got lost for about an hour and were it not for our GPS might well have still been there. We did however see a lot of animals, especially elephants. In addition to the elephants we also saw Lechwe, which is a first for me, as well as giraffe, kudu, hippo, impala etc and one leopard in the distance. The evening was spent in the company of a group of afrikaaners from Limpopo Province….."Nou gaan ons braai”.

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An introduction to Elephants

Day 16 was a day that was supposed to be fairly relaxed. We eased into the day by spending time on the internet sorting out work related stuff. The camp where we were staying had free internet J. We then discovered that we needed to forward book and pay for any of the Game Reserves that we would like to visit. After a bit of messing around we eventually found a very helpful travel agent who sorted all our requirements in a couple of hours. After a bit of shopping we left for Moremi Nature Reserve. The trip was uneventful and we eventually arrived at our campsite and started setting up camp. This is when the fun started. We had put up the tent and were putting the stretchers etc inside when Corinne started pointing and waving frantically. Looking out of the tent we saw a huge elephant approaching straight towards us. We vacated camp and retreated to a better vantage point as the elephant proceeded to feed on Marula fruit all around the tent and the bakkie, at time touching the tent and bakkie with its trunk. We were hiding behind an old building watching nervously when the next moment the elephant began to approach us. We decided to get inside the old building only to be attacked by a swarm of wasps. I was stung three times and Corinne once and as I have a slight allergy to wasp stings we both bailed out of the building in favour of our chances with the elephant. We then snuck around the back of the building thinking to get to the bakkie to retrieve a camera. As we got to the bakkie a second elephant appeared so we both bailed into the bakkie where we were essentially trapped for the following hour and a half whilst both elephants continued to wander around eating Marula berries and at times coming so close to the bakkie that we could have easily touched them. Shit that was a nerve racking experience. Eventually they moved off and we were able to escape. After a short game drive we returned to camp to discover that a group with whom we had shared camp in Rundu were also at the same camp. We decided that since there is security in numbers, that we should move our tent close to theirs in case of further animal incidents. After a pleasant braai with bonfire we settled in for the night. At around 2.00 am we were woken by a huge commotion. Hyenas had moved into camp and raided our neighbours' camp stealing whatever they could, including their whisky!!!!

Buffalo Moreme

Buffalo Moreme


Elephant in camp Moreme

Elephant in camp Moreme


Elephant bum for Justin Moreme

Elephant bum for Justin Moreme


Elephant tail too close for comfort

Elephant tail too close for comfort


Elephants Moreme

Elephants Moreme


Elephant footprint after the fact

Elephant footprint after the fact


Sunset Moreme

Sunset Moreme

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Africa and police.....very clever.

Day 15 was border crossing day from Namibia to Botswana. We crossed the border at a little place called Mahembo, but not without incident!!! On arrival on the Botswana side and after presenting passports and car documents we were informed that our brand new vehicle had popped up on the Interpol site as having been stolen!!! What a circus. After around 45 minutes of discussion we were asked to accompany the officials to the police station in Shakawe where we were introduced to the CID. This was followed by a lengthy inspection of our vehicle in order to find the chassis number. All corresponded to the papers but still the police weren't satisfied. We were left to wait in the station until finally the problem was solved, a Hyundai with a different chassis number was registered with our number plate in ……… GREECE!!! F#@%k can you believe Africa? So now back on the road again and off to Maun. Maun is the gateway to the Game Parks of Botswana and all booking need to be made from here. We arrived in Maun around 5.30 and booked into a very nice campsite on the bank of the river.

Entry to Botswana

Entry to Botswana


Campsite Maun

Campsite Maun

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