Farewell Botswana

Kasane Travel Blog

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Next day on the way to Kasane the topic while driving on the road was how Chinese workers are building really nice highways in countries of Africa, huge investments seems good for the local government for improving the logistic of them countries and good for China, because carried not only the workers with them families, but also the workers to leave behind setting up there own communities.

Also we meet the French family again that we rescued at a local national park check point, you had to register entry and exit from the park.   Their 4x4 had stopped a few hundred meters down another side track and wouldn’t start.  A rental mechanic was on his way, at least this was a much better place to get support or rescued from on the main road, he had put the old damp air filter back in and wasn’t going to say anything about drowning it a few hundred km’s before.

  Never buy an ex-rental 4x4 I thought, you never know what has happened to it!  ((((that’s exactly what we bought!))))

A nice moment arriving to Kasane was when just in the middle of the road in front of us a group of elephants were passing across. So what to do? Camaras out while every car in both sides had to stop and waiting for the family of elephants. Amazing if you think in our life we never have been stopped in a proper pavement road for elephants.

Up at Kasane we had a camping spot by the river after our second night, it was all booked up the first night when we arrived.  There were various other people there, some independent travellers like us and others in organised overland trucks.  There was a group beside us and the driver was having some trouble keeping his meat cool using his lorry`s batteries so he asked to borrow our Engel freezer cable to plug it into the camping  mains power.

  Later he brought over a couple of big Kudu steaks.  That night we cooked them up and took our table and chairs down by the river to eat watching the sun set.  Great and really romantic spot!  That was fine until one of the employees asked us to move further up away from the river edge, crocodiles!!  He didn’t have to tell us twice hehehe.

We took a river boat cruse the next day that lasted until sunset.  We saw crocodiles, hippos and lots of elephants. We were lucky enough to see heard crossing the river, the big bull in front leading the way managing to keep this head out of the water with the smaller ones swimming for it under the water with their trunks like snorkels on the surface. For Paulina if you love animal sure Botswana is the best spot for enjoying them in a natural way.

After a couple of days Matt and Claire went south east to cross into Zimbabwe then loop up into Victoria Falls via Whange National Park, they were going further up into Malawi afterwards.  Our plan was the capital of Zambia Lucksaka, Paulina has to apply for her visa and can’t get it at the Zimbabwe border.

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