Four magical days in Botswana!

Desember 15, 2007 in Sonder kategorie

(This post is in English for the benefit of readers that might not understand Afrikaans, but might like to find out more about this exquisite destination.)

I’m back, and almost speechless. Bowled over by the beauty of Mother Nature, and the comfort and luxury showered on me by Orient Express Safaris.

I didn’t have to do a thing for myself (apart from taking my own leisurely shower on my own private deck watching a lazy elephant slowly making his way to the waterhole). Your day start at 5.30 when your guide brings a tray with coffee and biscuits to your tent. At 6h00 you can have an early morning continental breakfast, and by 06h30 you go on the first gamedrive of the day. Back at 10h30, brunch by 11h00 and siesta in your airconditioned tent from 12h00 untill 15h30. (Or a snooze in the hammock on your deck, or a swim in the pool overlooking the waterhole.)

After your afternoon tea (complete with fruit, sandwiches, cake and cream scones) it’s time for the day’s second game drive, until approximately 19h00. After that you can freshen up, and sit down to a three course dinner served with estate wines, and then, after your “exhausting” day, it’s back to bed!

We saw Africa at it’s best. Our itinerary changed a bit, and instead of one night at Eagle Island Camp, we spent one night at Khwai River Lodge. There I could listen to the hippos grazing and playing in the reeds at night, and watch them relax in the river during the day. All from my own private deck! Our guide, Titus, even took as for sundowners next to a hippo pool, all the time keeping a watchfull eye on us (and the hippos).

Savute is elephant country, with an estimated 35 000 elephants in the park! So, it goes without saying that we saw all kinds of elephant behaviour: fighting, showing off by ripping out a tree, playing in a mud pool, protecting their babies… I feel honoured that these beasts allowed us so close to them. Our guide, Rams, showed us around for two days, sharing his awesome knowledge of the veld and the animals with the four city chicks. (Titus’s knowledge of nature was just as impressive.)

We saw lion on two occasions, wild dogs, herds of impala (and a few newborn babies), kudu, zebra, jackals, gnu, giraffes, waterbuck, exotic birds and hundreds of elephants.

You can read more about these lodges on www.orient-express.com. (Also find out more about the special rates for South-Africans from January through to March.)

Copyright: Ilse Salzwedel, South Africa.
Location: Savute Elephant Lodge and Kwai River Lodge, courtesy of Orient Express Safaris Botswana

1 antwoord op Four magical days in Botswana!

  1. amydem2 het gesê op Desember 15, 2007

    Sjoe, ek is woordeloos… en groen! Was in Julie in Kwetsani kamp naby Jao.. vir my 50e . AL wat erk wou hê. Dit was ‘n verstommende ondervinding,omdat die natuur daar heeltemaal ongerep en in balans was..,. soos wat dit geskape was en bedoel was. Die gevoel van vrede and gevaar en die diepte banmd die natuur was byna tasbaar.

    Ek was depressed vit ‘n week, het die wonderlikste foto’s geneem.

    Ondervinding van ‘n leeftyd. nee, twee leeftye!

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