Archive for November, 2011

Chobe Game Park

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Out of the ‘Bush’ and our self-drive adventure. Deep sand and muddy holes are far more frightening material than snow and ice any day for driving on. The experience is heightened considerably by the knowledge that if you get stuck, safety and assistance is a long way off and you are surrounded by wild animals. We did at least carry a satellite phone and a Garmin GPS. The maps are not great for Botswana National Parks. We visited Hwange in Zimbabwe and Chobe and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, with the latter being a fly in from Maun. Our vehicle in Chobe was a Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4, which by all accounts is the best machine for the job. Titles and descriptions for photos under construction! Unfortunately Manchester United lost this evening, but some snow has hit the Scottish hills, so hopefully winter might be here for a while longer.

Rafting the Zambezi

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Just back from a very good trip rafting down the upperĀ  Zambezi Gorge, starting just below the Victoria Falls, with an excellent company, Water by Nature. Andy (raft guide) and Steve (kayak safety), did a great job, both on and off of the river. We started just below Victoria Falls and finished on the third day, thirty five rapids later. If you enjoy adventure, this is a ‘must do’ trip. Unfortunately (?) we did not see any Crocodiles!

Andy (raft guide) and Steve (kayak safety), did a great job both on and off of the river. We started just below Victoria Falls and finished on the third day, thirty five rapids later. If you enjoy adventure, this is a ‘must do’
trip. Unfortunately (?) we did not see any Crocodiles!

Holidays

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Holiday photos under construction from Zimbabwe – Zambia and Botswana. Apparently the temperatures here can drop to minus 10 deg Celsius at night time. At the moment we are glad to have the benefit of air-conditioning!

Staying in Livingstone (Zambia) for a few nights at Jolly Boys Backpackers. Not a bad spot, very lively at the bar, but quiet enough in the bedrooms. Make sure to get a room with a fan and air-conditioning! They show Champions League footie and Premiership, so all in all pretty good! Local currency is Kwacha, but US Dollars work okay. Only the local Barclays Bank ATM works for our VISA card though and if you want $ you will need to go into the bank and get them over the counter. We have been over into Zimbabwe and US $ is the only usable currency, so go prepared with a fist full of dollars!

Everything from Bungee-Jumping over the gorge issuing from the ‘Falls’ to secluded safaris is on offer. Prices are similar to back home, so don’t expect a cheap holiday. We were fortunate enough to spend some time at Sikumi Tree Lodge in Zimbabwe on the edge of Hwange National Park, where we came across a solitary Cheetah and a pride of Lions on a night drive. The place is very tranquil and the hosts, Brian and Marleen do a great job and are very friendly and helpful.