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BOTSWANA TRIP REPORT AND PHOTOS
Here below some of the most
fascinating photos from Botswana. Together with the photogallery, you will find a funny
and interesting trip report full of info and anecdotes describing the whole travel itinerary.
If you haven't read them yet, check out all travel info and precise itinerary here: www.wildtrips.net/africa-botswana-travel-itinerary.htm.
The first part of this travel itinerary, in Namibia, is described here:
BOTSWANA TRIP REPORT AND TRAVEL ITINERARY
((It continues from the Namibia trip report here). When we crossed the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe, we wasted some time due to a
The customs officer asked us for about 150 US dollars (for the
dictator Mugabe’s pockets, unfortunately). We entered
Zimbabwe and we headed to the Victoria Falls.
The Victoria Falls were something wonderful. The entrance from
the Zimbabwe side costed about twenty euros per person, and it
was all worth it. There were warthogs and tourists walking on
the edge of the precipice, just in front of the most impressive
waterfalls of the world (except Iguazu, probably).
crossed the bridge to Zambia, and we admired the falls
from a different point of view. In the evening we slept in a campsite in Victoria
Falls Town, a very touristy place. We had dinner at a good
restaurant, Mama Africa, where we had meat while watching some
typical dance shows. A bit of holiday in the middle of our adventurous journey.
The next day we left Zimbabwe and we went back to Botswana,
where we visited the Chobe National Park. At the entrance
in Kasane we were lucky enough to be able to book a place in a
park campground, Our trip was going so well that we were surprised.
The wonderful Chobe Park filled us with joy. There were herds
of elephants and giraffes, hippos, billions of gazelles, strange
We drove randomly along deserted gravel
and sand roads. It was less crowded than Etosha... we didn’t
meet anyone on the first day. Apart from hyppos. The campsite (arguably the best of our travel itinerary) was actually just an area of the jungle, near
the river, where camping was legal. We saw monkeys and elephants,
we could hear hippos and we didn’t exclude the presence of lions
and other carnivores. After much travel, though, we didn’t worry
extraordinary atmosphere in the starry jungle, with the constant
chatter of hippos in the background, was as thrilling and magic
The next day we continued to explore the Chobe Park through the
craziest road of the universe. There were half a meter high
bumps, very close to each other, so we continuously jumped
up and down in the 4x4. Inside the jeep we felt like dices rolled on the
The landscape was still great, we were still happy, the trip was still awesome.
arrived in Maun, where some decent roads reappeared. To continue our travel itinerary, we
had to drive South, crossing Botswana towards Johannesburg.
Along the way we visited the Makgadikpadi Pans, huge and
fascinating salt flats. Then we crossed a number of Botswana
towns along the main road. They were all very quiet places, with
few fast-foods. We camped in the bush, close to some
the border between Botswana and South Africa, the Customs
officers controlled our 4x4 to make sure that we didn’t import
any meat. Unfortunately, our safari trip was nearing the end.
When we arrived in South Africa, of course our GPS navigator was
without maps, but by following the road-signs and the sun (a
quick note: in the southern hemisphere the sun at noon indicates
the North, not the South) we arrived in Johannesburg.
Amazingly, we didn’t get lost while crossing Johannesburg and at
4:15 PM we arrived at the headquarters of the 4x4 rental
company. We were 15 minutes late after an 8000 km itinerary and 15 days
of travel. We
lodged in the guesthouse of the rental company, for free. It was the end of an adventurous trip.
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