Travelling with Alex – Part One: What the heck to do in Gabs?

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Having fun at Mokolodi

Alex arrived on Thursday, 22nd of May in Gabs. She is a friend from my hometown whom I have known many, many years now (she likes to say that she has known me since I was born because our parents are good friends and she is a few years ahead of me). I was so much looking forward to her coming and getting to travel.

 


Her arrival coincided with the arrival of my new roommate, Johann. He is researching for his doctorate thesis about the Namibian fight for independence and Botswana assistance in it. He is a very likeable fellow with a keen interest in and knowledge of Southern Africa, having travelled the region extensively at his 27 or 28 years. He also is a football fanatic and we are already planning how to watch the Euro 2008 which is due to start real soon now.

A lonely zebra
Sharing my room with him is no problem.


 

I had to work Thursday and Friday and so it was only Saturday that Alex and I could really do something together. We first went shopping at Botswanacraft, a store that sells local produce from Botswana with a wide selection and quite reasonable prices. Alex shopped like crazy and I also did some shopping: birthday present for my mother (can’t tell here because she is reading this! J), some items for myself. After we had finished the shopping spree two hours later, we took a taxi to Mokolodi Nature Reserve where I had been before with Regina.

Dawn
It is a game reserve with a restaurant attached to it.


 

We went on a game drive at 4 PM and it was really nice. All in all we were only 7 people and we got to see giraffes and impalas, warthogs and a lonely zebra as well as birds on the way. The sun was setting and the sky turned to beautiful colours. After our drive we had dinner there and enjoyed several rounds of Malawi Shandy, which has become my favourite drink down here. I checked the ingredients and they are as follows: 50% lemonade, 50% ginger ale and a few shots of angostura, a bitter. It tastes really good and is refreshing, so I intend to incorporate it into my routines in Germany. We took a taxi back to the city (about 16 km) and paid a mere 50 pula for the ride (5 euros). The next morning we were due to go to Kasane in the north-west. So far, things had gone very well. Alex is a good and relaxed travel companion and we have known each other long enough to be very comfortable around each other. But she already expressed frustration with Gabs and was eager to get out of the city. It’s just like I felt…



Allan1941 says:
Oli,
This is ol' Allan from ol' Kentucky --- How are ya doing? I am sure you will have many good stories to relate when you get to the U.S. in the fall.
Stay well and stay safe. Shalom. Allan
Posted on: Jun 04, 2008
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Having fun at Mokolodi
Having fun at Mokolodi
A lonely zebra
A lonely zebra
Dawn
Dawn
In the sunset
In the sunset
Giraffes
Giraffes
I forgot which bird this is...
I forgot which bird this is...
Impalas
Impalas
Angry warthog
Angry warthog
Mokolodi Terrace and Malawi Shandy
Mokolodi Terrace and Malawi Shandy
Male ostrich
Male ostrich
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photo by: strangemystic