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Apr

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Botswana Educational, by Veronika Rusch & Diana Siccardi

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01 May 2013 TEDx Cape Town 2013
03 – 05 May 2013 The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival
23 – 26 May 2013 Good Food & Wine Show
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06 – 23 June 2013 Encounter International Documentary Festival
23 June 2013 Annual Polar Bear Swim
29 & 30 June 2013 Christmas in Winter
07 – 16 June 2013 Hermanus Fynarts

Botswana Educational, Banoka Bush Camp & Xigera Camp

(By Diana Siccardi)

We flew from Cape Town to Jo’burg where we met our Wilderness Safaris guide, Allistair. We then flew to Botswana where we arrived at a very hot Maun Airport at about 13:15. There was only one counter open, so it took a while to sort out all the paperwork. We then met with our Wilderness Safari representative to take us to our light aircraft for the scheduled air transfer to Khwai Airstrip for Banoka Bush Camp.

I don’t really like these small planes, but thankfully we arrived in one piece. It was scorching hot! We then had a transfer to the camp.

Banoka Bushcamp overlooks a lagoon and accommodation is in tents. It is a basic camp and has a shower only. The toilet is closed off. We went on a sun-downer drive, which was great, but there was not a breath of wind and it was very dry.

The camp has a main area with a lounge and dining area, plunge pool and deck. The camp is also completely solar powered. Banoka Bush Camp is a classic camp. Although there is not much variety of food, it is prepared and presented very nicely, and is also very tasty.

The next day we flew with one of my ‘favourite little planes’ to Xigera. The pilot was very professional, and told us more about the route we were flying. The view is just spectacular from above, and even I forgot my nerves for a couple of minutes at a time.

Xigera is one of my favourite camps. We were greeted by an absolutely crazy lady, but she is brilliant and really knows how to entertain guests!

The tents are all on stilts because it is usually very wet (although at the time of our visit, there was hardly any water at all). The tents were a little more private than at Banoka, and they also had an outside shower. We had a wonderful view from our tent.

Meals are enjoyed in the lounge and dining area. There is also a pool.

For our afternoon activity we were taken on a mokoro ride, which was absolutely relaxing and fascinating. We had a sundowner and were watched by a group of Lechwe antelope.

Meals were fantastic with much more variety.

The next morning we were unfortunately taken back to the airstrip for our flight to Savuti. It was a little rainy and our landing into Savuti was a rather bumpy (but quite funny) experience.

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Banoka Bush Camp

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Xigera Camp


Savuti Camp, Kings Pool, Duma Tau

(By Veronika Rusch)

Savuti Camp (Wilderness Safaris) is situated in the Chobe Game Reserve. The lodges in the reserve share an airstrip on which we had an exciting landing in the company of pouring rain. The Savuti Camp lies at the Savuti Channel which has carried water since 2008 and attracts much game to the area. As the rain continued to fall, we could not see much game but we listened to a lion’s concert instead. From our accommodation’s deck, which is directly above the water, we could watch the hippos and try to catch some fish. The rooms are spacious, each with its own terrace and wonderful views over the Savuti. The seven tented rooms are really private, and have thathed roofs.
The camp offers day and night game drives, as well as nature walks on request.

Fortunately, the rain calmed down the next day and we could drive to Kings Pool in a relatively dry state. This camp is one of Wilderness Safaris’ Premier Camps. The property is spacious with wonderful views of the lagoon and the Linyanti river basin. The nine tented and thatched-roofed rooms are furnished with every comfort. The bedroom leads out to a private deck with plunge pool, a sundeck and outside shower.

After a quick visit to this superb camp the journey continued to Duma Tau. Time was running out for my wish to see wild dogs, but just before we arrived at Duma Tau- there they were! Duma Tau lies hidden in the bush on the banks of a lagoon. The rooms as well as the main area offer great views of the lagoon, the reed behind it and Namibia in the distance. The lodge was recently revamped and has ten very private rooms. Game drives are offered day and night. as well as boat cruises when the water level is sufficiently high.

The staff at each Wilderness Camp were very friendly. They served good and varied food, and we felt very welcome (albeit wet).

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Savuti Camp

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Kings Pool Camp

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Duma Tau Camp