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Botswana Beauty

Botswana Beauty
No question’s, Botswana is one of Africa’s TOP destination for adventures Safari lovers, looking for something exceptional. We where privileged to spend two weeks in Botswana during of our last tours with clients. The tour started here in Upington and we firstly drive up to “Rooiputs” an unfenced campsite on the Botswana side of the “Kgalagadi Transfrontier Nationalpark” where we spend our first 3 days.

Botswana Safari

We were so fortunate that we could observe NOT ONLY the magnificent Kalahari Lions very close, we were also lucky to come close to 4 Cheetahs on their natural habitat. And we were very happy to see one of our favourite’s animals the “Meer cats”!

After this tree successfully days at the “Kgalagadi Park” we drove along the “Molopo River” one of the Botswana’s most scenic roads to the small town “Tsabong” where we overnight at “Berry bush camp”. We then left “Tsabong” and we drive on heavy 4x4 tracks to one of my “secret places” outside National parks in the absolute Wilderness of the Kalahari. We set up our tents on the edge of a large salt pan, with a magnificent view for the following two days. During our stay, we could observe plenty of antelopes like Oryx, Red Hartebeests, Springboks, Kudus and Eland coming into the pan for leaking salt and minerals.

Every evening there where a “brown hyena” visits our camp. And on one of our night safari drive with spotlight we were so fortunate to see a family of “Bad eared foxes” and a “Porcupine” on the track. And as we returned on one of the evening back into our camp 3 Lions where around to find out who is visiting there territory. We therefore decided to NOT making a fire and enjoy another glass of wine; we immediately went into our tents.

b2ap3_thumbnail_gep.jpg One the following morning we saw plenty of Lion’s track’s all over around our camp, but they were gone. Our tour continuing and we drive up to “Ghanzi” to the “Trail Blazer camp” where we overnight in traditional “Bushmen grass huts”. From Ghanzi we drive further up to “Maun” where we spend 2 nights, as our clients enjoyed a whole day “Mokoro” trip into the world know “Okavango Delta”. Our last 3 days then we spend on the banks of the “Kwai-River” with a magnificent view on the river. This where definitively the “Jerry on the top” of this tour!

On our first evening safari drive we were so fortunate to observing a Leopard just about 200 Metres far away from our camp. It was very hard to discover this beautiful animal, because he was lying in the grass, and he is perfectly camouflaged. And on the same evening we could see another two Lions. What an evening Wow!

On the following day, it was not even necessary to drive around, as we had “cinema” during the whole day on the bank of the Kwai River. It was a coming and going of plenty of Elephants, Hippos, and a large variety of different antelopes. And all the beautiful bird life along and inside the river were absolutely splendid!

b2ap3_thumbnail_cat.jpg The “Icing on the cake” were on our last day, as we could observing 7 Lions (3male and 4 females) chase 3 spotted hyenas seriously to kill them. But luckily for the hyenas they could escape before Lion’s catching them. And on our last evening safari drive we stopped near one of the “Hippo pools” to enjoy our “Gin and tonic” for “sundown, we could observe just opposite the river a really large herd of Buffalos traversing the area. I’m sure they were at least 1 000 Buffalos or more, passing us just a few hundred metres far away in a kilometre long queue. That was really a spectacular moment, and the end of this magnificent tour, as on the following day we drive back to Maun, from where clients where flying back home.

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Exceptional Namibia - Khaudum National Park and much more

Exceptional Namibia - Khaudum National Park and much more

One of our last tours leads us into the north of Namibia but far away from the usual and boring tread-out footpaths, giving us the opportunity to unwind and become one with nature. The tour started and ended in Windhoek, Namibia's capital.
The first night we spend at the beautiful Ondekaremba Guest Farm giving the change for the clients to rest from their long journey to Namibia. On our way up north, we overnight at Waterberg National Park and Dornhügel Guest Farm.

Traveling the Khaudum National Park

This were the "End of Civilization", because the day after we drive via Tsumke up to the Khaudum National Park where we set up our tents for the following two days at Sikaretti Camp. Khaudom is one of the last remaining wild parks Namibia's. Visiting this remote area is a challenge, because there are no facilities, like shops or petrol station close by. Everything must be carried by visitors, like enough food, drinks water and petrol. Especially enough petrol are the most important, because the heavy sandy tracks in this area means that the consumption of petrol are much higher than normal. Navigation inside the park can be very tricky as well; therefore you need a very experienced guide to NOT come into trouble, as help in the Khaudum is far away!
Here in the southern part around Sikaretti Camp are a few beautiful waterholes with hides on a tree like the close by Sangona waterhole, where we observed plenty of Elephants, Giraffes, Kudus and luckily as well some of the rare Roan Antelopes. The birds around Sangona were fantastic as well, like the beautiful collared.

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Lilac breasted Rollers, or the magnificent Swallow tailed Bee-Eaters and many more. After this first two days in the southern part, we crossed one heavy 4x4 tracks the whole Khaudum park via the waterholes Sncana, Dussi, Tsau, Leeupan and Doringstraat up to the northern part to Khaudum Camp were we spend another two nights. But because that part of Khaudum where quit dry we could not observe much game in that part there. However we enjoy it very much, having the privilege to be ones with nature.

After these two peaceful days at Khaudum we drove further north direction to Katere, where we reach the beautiful tarred main road. But this 55km - until the main road - is the poorest part of the pad, because the track are very deep sandy and needs at least 3 hour driving. Thereafter we travelled in a few days via Rundu, Grootfontein, Tsumeb and Otjio as fast as possible to Opuwo to get back into the wilderness of the Kaokaveld.

We didn't want to visit the world famous Etosha National Park to avoid all those overcrowded campsites there.

At Opuwo we had our last change for shopping and buy enough fuel, because we didn't have any more possibilities to do so the following 10 days in the Kaokaveld. Trough magnificent landscape of the Kaokaveld we drove via Orupembe to Marble Campsite where we stayed overnight. The day after we continuing drive to red drum and then further down the Marienflusstal to the Kunene River at the border to Angola. Here we set up our camp at "Camp Synchro" on the banks of the Kunene River, with a beautiful view. But be aware as the Kunene River is NOT a place to enjoy a refreshing swim, because crocodiles are not only hugh, they are very aggressive as well.

Ryan and Sarah the owner of Camp Synchro have not only rebuild the camp after a fire destroyed the camp a few years ago, they have as well build a small Pizza oven and we ordered a pizza evening in advance, and Sarah then prepared the Pizza dough and all necessary ingredients, so that everybody could prepare his favorite pizza before Ryan baked them in his oven. After this beautiful two days at Camp Synchro we drive back to Red Drum but from there we tuck another route to Blue Drum on the way we were so lucky to observing some Hartmann's Zebras.

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From Blue Drum we continuing driving back to Orupembe but here we left the main gravel road down to Purros and we drove 4x4 trough the Khumib River bed for about 40km. On the way we could observe many Giraffes and different antelopes. After 40 km we left the River bed and we drove through a fantastic landscape over a plateau down to the Hoarusib River bed to observe the legendary Desert Elephants.
The track leads us then down the River until Purros camp where we overnight another two nights. From Purros we drove further down the Hoarusib River and over Ganias plain down to Hoanib River another very good area to come close to the Desert Elephants. Overnight stays at one of the campsite of the Palmwag concession area down to Palmwag Lodge were we are back in the "civilisation". Here we had the possibility to feel up fuel. This concession area is one of the largest private concessions worldwide and absolute beautiful.
From here we drive further trough Damaraland and on the way we visit the Petrified Forest etc. But then we came to an end of this magnificent tour, and we drive back to Windhoek were the tour ends.

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Birds of Grootkolk

Birds of Grootkolk

Birds of Grootkolk - From the diary of a photographer in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Grootkolk is situated in the far north in the South African part of the KTP (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) - the Bush Camp Grootkolk. Four units with a kitchen building in the centre are in the middle of the Kalahari Desert with unobstructed views of a waterhole. Lions, hyenas and leopards maybe directly pass by the lodges. But besides the big four-legged mammals, there are also many small entertainers with two wings - birds.

Grootkolk Wilderness Camp - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Birds are seldom on the wish list of the visitors of a National Park in South Africa but they are absolutely worth a look. On the one hand there are the nomads in the Kalahari, which eat mostly seeds. When food and water are available, they remain up to several months in a region before moving on. On the other side are the resident birds. These include chiefly raptors like eagle or goshawk. Stars or bulbuls are mixed eaters (seeds, insects and fruits) and they are resident species too. So is it worth to pay attention on the next game drive to the birds that are perfectly adapted to the dry environment with their beige-brown-gray-black plumage.

Who wants to watch birds directly from his cottage should visit the Wilderness Camp Grootkolk. The camp is situated in the part of the park which is managed by South Africa (SANparks). Located in the north there are only 20 km to Unions End. The accommodations are designed for two people and only the Braii area is fenced. Each cottage has a shower and a toilet. Although there is a central kitchen building, a kitchenette with sink is installed outside. The fridge with freezer is operated with gas and the electricity comes from a central solar panel.
And the view of nature is breathtaking. The eyes wander over the waterhole to the end of the valley up to the dunes. And for the little birds there are simple bird bath at the cottage.

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These bird baths are more likely ‘private by the guests' and make great bird watching up close. Recurring visitors are the weaver birds (sociable weaver) who have their nests in the trees about 50 meters away.

Throughout the day other visitors find the way such as this finch (scaly-feathered finch).

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And there is yet another finch (red-headed finch). Here he is still alone with his red head and observed the goings-on.

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And here he is in the middle in the refreshing water and surrounded by weaver birds. They are chirping on and drink on and seem to have forgotten the world around them.

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Favourite dishes on Safari

Favourite dishes on Safari

Wonderful News!

It's hunting season, and we are happy to inform all our clients that we are again able to serve excellent meat from Oryx, Eland, and Springbok. Extraordinary freshly homemade “Blue Wildebeest sausage” and our very special Oryx-goulash!

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We therefore very proud to surprise our guests again with meals beyond there expectations, specially prepared after every eventful Safari! And for such excellent dishes, we recommend a good glass of our local wine from the “Orange wine cellar”, who where so successful on the last “International wine exhibition” in France! The “With Muscatel” for examples beats most of the other 230 producers from 24 countries. Most of South Africa’s visitor only knows that excellent wines are made in the Cape region, but just “insiders” know that the Northern Cape province have also good wine – makers, producing good wine from the grapes growing along the “Orange River”!  

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Namaqua National Park: flowering time

Namaqua National Park: flowering time

Thanks hourly rain this year, the first flowers at Namaqua National Park and the surrounding areas can already be discovered. Also the town Springbok are already dottet with carpets of flowers.

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To prefent this world famous spectacle we hope that more rain will fall during the next few weeks, so that we and our guests can enjoy this natural wonder for as long as possible!

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Safari in South Africa

Safari in South Africa

Safari in South Africa

This tour was choosen by our guests from Poland as a Chalet-Tour in the beginning of 2013. We started in Upington to visit the highlights of the Nortern Cape Province of South Africa. Tour 2 - Pearls of the Northern Cape was ideal for this safari vacation.      

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Highlights of the Northern Cape

Safari Highlight #1
The two day safari drive at the Kgalagadi National Park was very successfully. We where privileged observe a whole pack of Lions on our first game drive. Especially the world knows black manned Kalahari Lion was absolutely impressive.

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Unbelievable beginner's luck

Unbelievable beginner's luck

Just coming back with two clients from Spain. This was our short four days Kgalagadi and Augrabies falls Nationalpark trip, and find out that there are some people having incredible luck.

African animals in the Kalahari Nationalpark

It was not only they first visit in Africa, and the first time in South Africa, it was also there first safari they made. During the short time period of only 3 days at the Kgalagadi National Park they could observe the famous Kalahari Lions and Cheetahs. As “cherry on the top” on our last evening game drive back to our camp at Twee Rivieren as well a leopard hunting a Steenbok.

The leopard was using our vehicle as cover to get as close as possible to the prey. Before the final attack I could see the leopard in my back mirror on the back side of my vehicle. He was just observing the Steenbok and was waiting for the best moment for his final attack. And then the right moment where there when the Steenbok was turning around, and the leopard was reaching his “diner” with a few jumps.

Leopard hunting a Steenbock

Within only a few seconds the Steenbok was killed, and than moved behind a dune by the leopard. We where so impressed during this short time all this was happen, that we forgot making some pictures. But it was anyway to dark to making good pictures. However, sometimes you must accept that you can’t make any pictures, but you will “save this memory’s in your thought”. Because having the privilege to be part of such an outstanding moment, it only haves one’s in your live!

African Safari in South Africa

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