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May 2015

Namibia. Caprivi (Zambezi province). Mudumu National Park. Nakwata Campsite no 3. Saturday 9 May 2015. Week 4, Day 28.

I have already reported on Saturday morning on the houseboat. We arrived back at 10H30 and still had to shower, pack up and have brunch. I then had some time to investigate using the minor border crossing from near Kongola via Singalamwe/Imushu into Zambia and the seldom visited Sioma-Ngwezi National Park. Curt could not help me at all but did phone around to no avail. I tried the 2 numbers given to me by Piet “Toit” also to no avail, possibly because it was already late Saturday morning and out of office hours. The other bugbear was the foot and mouth barrier at Kongola.

Namibia. Caprivi (Zambezi province). Caprivi Houseboat Safaris. Thursday 7 and Friday 8 May 2015. Week 4, Days 26 and 27.

Costs at Caprivi HS:

Camping: Namibian $100 pppd. (approx. 8US$)
Houseboat: 2 persons X 24hrs, N$ 2380, Fuel N$865.
Add to this 15% VAT.

There are 3 campsites at CHS, each with a water point (river water not potable for most) and full-time power point. Shared ablution block, separate male and female with flush toilet and effective hot shower. Ablutions cleaned regularly. Fire pit for each site, also large communal one near the deck with gas cooker plates available.

Namibia. Caprivi (Zambezi province). Caprivi Houseboat Safaris. Thursday 7 and Friday 8 May 2015. Week 4, Days 26 and 27.

Another good night after some good beef cooked on the fire. Already I am champing at the bit to get out into the wilds and some proper bush camping again. The houseboat 24hr trip on the Zambezi is scheduled for tomorrow so I think this will fit the bill to some extent. I am going to have to get used to shared campsites as this will be the sort of accommodation available for much of our travels. Later this week we plan to move on to the National Parks in the Caprivi and this certainly will fulfill my present relative antisocial state of mind.

Namibia. Caprivi (Zambezi province). Caprivi Houseboat Safaris. Wednesday 6 May 2015. Week 4, Day 25.

Route:
Kasane – via the transit road through Chobe NP – Ngoma Border Post – B8 – Katima Mulilo and Caprivi Houseboat Safaris.

Distances and Times:
Total distance Kasane to Katima – 120km; time taken 2hr including border crossing.

Botswana, Kasane, Chobe Safari Lodge. Tuesday 5 May 2015, Day 24, Week 4.

As today is our last day in Botswana perhaps it is appropriate for me to give those new to it some sort of nutshell self-drive guide. Whether travelling through Africa from the south or north, leaving out Botswana is an option. Can I take the liberty of advising that you should not miss it under any circumstances. The Okavango Delta is unique and would be akin to missing out on Serengeti perhaps. This green oasis in the Kalahari sands is unique. The Kalahari semi-desert itself is very attractive especially to those from greener climes.

Botswana, Ihaha Public Campsite no 10, Chobe National Park, Sunday 3 and Monday 4 May 2015, Days 22 and 23, Week 4.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK.

The Chobe NP was proclaimed in 1968. It is 11,700km2 in size, which is the second largest national park in Botswana. It is situated in the far north-east of Botswana, bordered to the north by the Chobe River. For practical purposes as far as visits are concerned one is looking at 3 regions. The Savuti area to the south, Linyanti in the north west and the Chobe River (Serondela) area in the northeast. There are public camp grounds at Savuti, Linyanti and Ihaha.

Botswana, Ihaha Public Campsite no 10, Chobe National Park, Sunday 3 May 2015, Day 22, Week 4.

Even those of us regularly doused in wilderness experiences cannot manage to stay away from lions when they are about, no matter how matter of fact you may pretend to be about this apex predator, right top of the pyramid. Why is it that Africa, with its many woes, is blessed with the most wonderful animals on earth? And that by a long margin! So there we were at 7am watching the lion pride still tucking into, jealously guarding and ripping into the elephant carcass. The male was having his fill and once replete the lionesses had their turn. They ate from the same spot he had torn open.

Botswana, Ihaha Public Campsite no 10, Chobe National Park, Saturday 2 May 2015, Day 21, Week 3.

Route:
Savute – option of the airstrip road soon after camp – Goha Gate and temporarily exit Chobe NP – Chobe Forest Reserve – through the small villages of Katichau, Kavimba, Mabele and finally Muchenye, all strung along the last bit of the route.

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