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  1. Re: Amazing sighting at Kwai North gate rest camp in Botswana, Lion hunt and kill whe

    Very nice, thanks for this. Did you take any pictures? The immediate feeling I get is: want to go back! Well, reservations for next year are done.

    We were there in September and it looks like the...
  2. Re: 24 days overlanding in Botswana for the first time!

    Each to his own, but we just came back from a 3 and half weeks Moremi/Savuti trip spending 3 weeks in Moremi and a couple of days in Savuti. What we don't get is all these people that just go from A...
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    Re: Botswana covid update

    Hi Johan, answered privately, but wanted to share the info in this thread too.

    First of all, this is the best time to go. Moremi and Savuti were as they were 25 years ago, without all the crowds....
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    Re: Botswana covid update

    We're from NL and will go to Botswana end of this week. As far as I understand, you need a PCR test result that is not older than 72 hours from the moment of testing to cross the border into SA from...
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    Re: Today’s traveller (covid era)

    From international (NL): we're all set for four weeks Moremi/Savuti, leaving Friday this week. Obviously didn't make it last year. Challenges:
    - PCR test. One to get into SA and if we're lucky it's...
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    Re: Third bridge repaired or not

    Definitely 4th bridge. Also shows how not to build a new bridge as this one was only in operation for a short while until it was closed down. Isn't the Bodumatau loop an option to get to Xakanaka...
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    Re: Advice Kwai North gate

    Definitely not 'our' leopard. The old lady has quite a bit of gray around the nose. Perhaps the younger female we saw too. She was quite shy though. Looks like you're getting your share of the...
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    Re: Advice Kwai North gate

    Stay put. Khwai is at it's best right now. You can always go downstream from the campsite too. Just follow the river (with some excursions way from the river where the lodges are. Always wondered how...
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    Re: South Gate camping

    We just arrived home after three and a half weeks Moremi/Savuti. Spent some nights in South Gate too. As mentioned, nothing wrong with the campsite. Sites 7, 8, 9 and 10 are our favorites as they are...
  10. Thread: Game drives kwai

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    Re: Game drives kwai

    The operators are the main reason that we do not drive on that side anymore. Too much "you're not supposed to drive here", and that outside of the areas that are signposted. FYI, you can also drive...
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    Re: Some recent Moremi/Savuti info

    Yes, any pool with a hippo is a hippo pool. Easy to get confused. In the Khwai area you have the one and only Hippo Pool: take the main road from the campsite direction of Xakanaxa. After I think...
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    Re: Some recent Moremi/Savuti info

    Forgot to mention that it's now possible to view the Big Five in Moremi. We were told at the gate that they re-introduced rhino in the Black Pool area. Both black and white. Obviously they didn't...
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    Re: Some recent Moremi/Savuti info

    If you drive from Khwai campsite to the Hippo Pool, her core territory is at about 3/4 of the way. Right on the river. With the guides she's quite famous, as she mostly completely ignores cars. Might...
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    Re: Some recent Moremi/Savuti info

    About the lions, there used to be separate prides in Khwai and Mababe. The story goes that until 2 years ago, two males (called KM1 and KM2 for Khwai male 1 and 2) served both prides and even more....
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    Some recent Moremi/Savuti info

    As we were there the last couple of weeks:
    - Within Moremi, both Xinii/Black Pools and Khwai are absolutely gorgeous now. Especially the Xinii area where a lot of tracks have opened because it's...
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    Poll: Re: Lions in camp Mabua - poll

    We were lucky enough to be visited by this pride too. Very early morning. They are quite capable of opening the tap by themselves. Mostly by accident. We saw a young female doing it. About half an...
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    Re: From me to me - Moremi or CKGR?

    Let me be a little more specific. We stayed at Khwai this year and saw lions. But that doesn't mean they have Khwai as their core territory or that what you see is part of a healthy pride. The...
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    Re: From me to me - Moremi or CKGR?

    If you don't want to share, at Third Bridge ask for site 4 or 9. These are smaller sites that they usually do not use for sharing. 1,2 And 3 are rather close to each other and they often put larger...
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    Re: 24 hr Siege in Mabuasehube

    Some weeks ago we had the pleasure of staying at that very same site and the lions visiting us. We were just packing with the only thing left being the table when one of us happened to look up and...
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    Re: April 2018 Itinerary

    Yes, it's OTT. But we really spend 10 hours a day or more in the car game driving and on average on boring days (=no suitable subjects for pictures) drive between 200 and 250 km. Even on the more...
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    Re: Looking for recent reports on Mabua and Mapaya

    Just one warning about the lions at the Mpaya sites. We were there about 4 weeks ago and had the pleasure of them visiting us early morning when we were just about ready to leave for a game drive....
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    Re: April 2018 Itinerary

    On the practical side, try to get a Hilux 2.4GD. Bushlore has got them. Reason is that fuel economy is really good and you will be stressed for fuel between Maun and Kasana. We had a 2.4GD this year...
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    Re: Camp site sharing Botswana

    Problem with that is that they create more sites. As Tara wrote, the original tender was for one party, one site. Somehow Xomae gets away with forcing different parties to share a site. Even to the...
  24. Re: PLEASE help me : Moremi road conditions and more.

    First of all, don't worry, you'll be fine. Most of the routes you travel will be sand roads. Nothing to worry about. Most of the roads will be dry. You will be in the Delta however, so expect some...
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    Re: Gamedriving Savuti

    I'm nor sure what you mean by which campsite, as for us lowly private parties there is only one. So not much of a choice. Some people will consider a week in Savuti overkill, but I think that it will...
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    Re: Gamedriving Savuti

    If it's game viewing you want, August to October until the rains start. It's bone dry during that period. The only water will be the pumped pans. Still a lot of game around and very visible....
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    Re: Gamedriving Savuti

    From the campsite you can go north, direction Kasane, and south, direction Mababe. The closest pumped pan is to the north, very close to the campsite. Always worth a check to see what's going on....
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    Re: How to carry 600mm lens in single-cab bakkie

    I'll follow this with interest. We have the same problem and for that reason always hire a double cab. All the luggage goes on the back seats and the floor to create a nice flat bed for the cameras....
  29. Re: Will not be camping at Third Bridge in Moremi again

    At Third Bridge sites 4 and 9 are small and I don't think they us them for sharing. Issue is that it's almost impossible to reserve these sites for that reason. What I find strange is that Xomae has...
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    Re: The Xini Lagoon Lion Pride

    You seem to like the same places we like :) And good to see that there is a healthy pride of lions at Xini! BTW, when we drove the Bodumatau loop some 2-3 weeks ago, it was really beautiful too. But...
  31. Thread: Moremi, pictures

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    Re: Moremi, pictures

    Self drive ... what else (or don't you have these stupid Nespresso ads in South Africa?)
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    Re: Just back from Moremi, some observations

    True in some sense. We have been going to Moremi/Savuti for every year for over 20 years now however and I think we can give a guide a good run for the money. You are absolutely right about them...
  33. Thread: Moremi, pictures

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    Re: Moremi, pictures

    Most of these pictures made with a Nikon D600 with a 600/4 lens.

    Flower power
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    Lion sunglasses. This lion really used the shade from the tree against the glare of the sun
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    Just...
  34. Thread: Moremi, pictures

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    Moremi, pictures

    Some pictures from our Moremi/Savuti trip this year. Thought it better to post this separately not to bore more people than necessary :)

    Obviously a lion in the morninglight
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    And a...
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    Re: Just back from Moremi, some observations

    Nr 1 looks good to me too. Experiencing the atmosphere of camping in the wild: Nxai, at the baobabs, not main camp. Or CKGR with my preference being Passarge. Best places to look for predators: about...
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