One of many mud hut villages along the highway in Botswana
It’s fascinating to me to see where and how people live. These mud huts do not look that comfortable, and I know they had to fetch their water from the nearby river. I wouldn’t mind trying one out for an evening, but it certainly makes me thankful I live in the western world of central heating/cooling, running water, and electricity.
Going on safari was one of my favorite travel events of all time. How else would I have seen this herd of springbok relaxing on the savannah.
I went to Botswana during the dry season. It’s the only time I’ve been there, but it seemed a great time to visit. There wasn’t much color, but the vegetation was so dry and sparse that it was easy to spot the wildlife.
Antelope were everywhere. We lost count of all the different species that we saw. They always seemed curious and wary, but not too worried.
Botswana was full of beautiful birdlife. I was completely mesmerized by the metallic wings on this guy.Such a gorgeous bird.
Driving through Botswana on our own safari, Jim and I marvelled at not only the abundance of fascinating mammals but the prolific bird-life as well. One of our favorite safaris was in Chobe National Park, and that is where we photographed this little guy.
Even though he was quite a quick hopper, I managed to capture him in all his metallic glory.
I don’t know the name of this guy, so if anyone does, I’d appreciate you telling [...]
Driving to Seronga in the very colorful country of Botswana was wild, just like Africa…wild!
First, we didn’t realize how isolated it was. We didn’t know that the one and only gas station would close down within minutes of our arrival. And, we didn’t know that there were always plenty of people trying to hitch a ride to go there that would gladly jump in the back of our truck.
All this made for a somewhat overwhelming adventure to this little campsite in the far reaches of the Okavango Delta.
After a long, slow ride through the waters of the Okavango Delta Botswana, Jim and I had the opportunity to enjoy a real sundowner! Beer in hand, stories being told around the fire, and the colors of the setting sun all made for a perfect evening.
I didn’t really take many portraits while traveling around southern Africa. I was much more concerned about the animals. It was such a feast of opportunity and I was in a different mode than I usually am. I do love this shot of the people rowing their makoro to work on the Okavango Delta, but I’m a little dissappointed I didn’t try and get more people shots. They are my favorite afterall!
You can’t help but see some beautiful wildlife while you are in Botswana, but this little steenbok was probably the cutest and the most shy. You can read more about our road trip through Botswana here.
I am a budget traveler, but I have to tell you, Botswana wasn’t a budget experience.
As we were preparing to plan for our trip there, there was just too much to see. I came across a great website, Drive Botswana, and gave them a call.
The conversation went something like this: Me: I would like a quote on a self-drive tour that possibly could include the entire country of Botswana,seeing not only the Big 5 animals, but all of them. Oh, and I would like to keep this as inexpensive as possible. Andy: No problem, when would you [...]
Jim and I are an American married couple who have had the opportunity to live all over the world thanks to our work. We are both teachers, and currently we're working in Schweinfurt, Germany where we plan to stay for the next few years. Continue reading... Follow @corinnevail