BOTSWANA TRAVEL DOCUMENTARY - 4x4 Safari Road Trip feat. Victoria Falls
What's, mana a country. Known as one of the best safari destination. Students, abundance, of wildlife. But. There is so much more to discover, follow. Us on our four-wheel-drive, adventure. For remarkable. Our. Travels, in Botswana started, in the far north as we were entering chobe, national park coming, from Namibia. Instead. Of taking the tar road through the park we decided to go for the adventure, of the choba riverfront track, the. Chobe River front, of a summer put Suarez premier, wildlife feed within. A short time frame we spotted large herds of impalas, a game, of sea prize with a very young foal a water. Bar resting, a shadow and an enormous, group of pelicans. Hundreds. Of them shared a small stretch of the river moving. And feeding in unison. Congregating. In such large numbers has the benefit, of being more protected, from predators. One. Of the animals praying, when swimming pelicans, is the Nile crocodile these. Scaly. Reptiles, are masters, at hiding, even in shallow water, however. They can often be seen basking. In the Sun along the river side a. Sea. Precaution. The river could be a welcome, meal for these crocodiles. Elephants. On the other hand are in no danger. An. Important. Role in life's of many animals place the oxpecker who. Cleans ticks from anybody, who are just packing. The. Tracks along the Toba riverfront can be quite adventurous with, many animals, crossing the park while. Driving it is always a good idea to have a close, look at the bushes that way, anything. From burbot monkeys to cute little lion cubs could be hiding them. Sometimes. It might even be a large hippo happily, chewing, on dry cross. Upon. Seeing the sunset cruises on the river we thought this looked like a splendid, idea. The. Next afternoon we, embarked on our own. It did not take us long to find a group of elephants close to the water's edge. Shobha. National Park is famous, for its large amount of elephants, and the riverfront, is where they like to gather, here. They can happily feed on juicy, crusts. It. Is also perfect, sparing, crowd for young elephants, who play fight against, each other. These. Two were really having a go at it which apparently concerned. An older elephant, he. Went in between the two to stop the fight, this. Did not concern the young ones very much as they promptly, started fighting, behind his back again. And. Another animal, that appreciates, the same habitat, as the African buffalo which, tends to congregate, in large numbers. Smaller. And therefore harder, to spot are the monitor lizards that live in this ecosystem. But. Most of all we had come for the hippos that dwell in the river. Sudden. Slowly setting, all the boats headed back and calls it a day. We. Just made it to some barber because. We're driving to Victoria Falls and, the. Bureaucracy. Was, a little bit more intense on this side it was a little. Bit of chaos really, felt like Africa, that wood cars and lorries parked, everywhere. I was bailing a path to go through but then there were people friendly, enough to help us to to, find the right place to sign different, books and to get all the permits. That I needed and, then once. You're at the gate it's, essentially. Just a, beam that is open and closed so that's the entire border gate but. We had to fill out another registration. Form and I almost stole, the, tip of the pen from the guy. Very. Interesting, border crossing definitely a little bit of adventure filter at, Victoria, Falls the, mighty Zambezi. River trops into a gorge that is 1.7. Kilometers, wide. With, Victoria. Falls is not a single, waterfall, but rather Northumberland, force. At. Its highest Victoria. Falls stands at 108. Meters which, combined, with its wit by, surprise it as one of the two largest, waterfalls. In the world being. Only rivaled, by iguazu. Falls in, south america. All shared between the countries of Zambia, and Zimbabwe with. Many people arguing, that the better the user from the Zimbabwean, side. On. The, other hand you can only go and take a plunge in Devil's pool on the sand the inside of the. Forea, falls and about when we are literally, barding.
Here Delicious. So, much water flying up I mean, it is called the. Thunder that rain so, that name, kind of makes sense a lot here because we are just wetted. About the. Spray of water is, immense, at some points. Keeping. In mind that this is the Troy season, you can well imagine how, much rain there would be in the wet season. There. Are several view, points along the waterfall, all offering, a different perspective. Especially. Intriguing was the view point at the main course which gave us a rainbow, as a bonus. Further there is another great viewpoint, affording. A look into the gorge. This. Spot is only suitable for people without vertigo as you, are directly, on the cliff edge looking, down into the turbulence, amazing, River. And we decided that the usually crowd level wasn't enough for us and therefore took a helicopter flight the next morning. It. Didn't, take us long to be airborne in only. About one minute the deeply, cut Gorge of the Sambhaji river came into sight. The. View from the air is breathtaking. On another level as you can see the entire width, of the falls at once. After. Only 13, minutes and two circles, above the falls we headed back but. It was without a doubt a memorable. Experience. Back, in Botswana, we trove south towards, the big salt pens in the centre of the country, along. The highway we came upon several, control, bushfires, ruining. The grass but leaving the rest of the landscape xscape. Something. Like this makes us really mad but. Savannah is such a beautiful, country with a lot, of wildlife, and beautiful, nature and a. Lot. Of ecotourism. But then we're driving along the roadside here and there's literally. Just garbage. Thrown, everywhere. Is like, a huge garbage, time just alongside the road with glass bottles, lying around with a lot of plastic, just flying through the landscape it, is just very disappointing. Seeing this and, comparing. It to the beautiful nature that is all around us we, were very happy when we left the highway for the bush store it's another trade or a depends. More. Than a hundred kilometers, of sand and dust lay between us and our destination, kudu, island. In. Several, hours of driving we met a total of two other cops. Faces. The wilderness, we came to Africa. Landscape. In this part of Botswana is very, flat and mostly, covered in grass with a couple, of bushes and trees he and they, of. Course the, high crosses perfect, for Steambox to hide him. Just. Before sunset we reached Kubo island which is a rocky outcrop with, majestic, baobab.
Trees Crying on it, these. Trees are easily, a couple of hundred years old while, some specimen, have reached an age of more than 2,000, years, they. Are true survival. Specialists. Storing large amounts of water in their trunks, our. Webs come in all shapes and sizes and, more often than not look quite comical. The. Fruit of the tree is a popular, snack among, animals. Cuckoo. Island directly borders. On a large salt flat in an area usually referred, to as Makgadikgadi. Beds. We. Decided that we wanted to explore more of it. We took a route that led us directly through, one of them driving. Across the salt flats is fairly easy in the dry season but, extremely. Treacherous when, it has rained. Visitors. Are encouraged, to stay on the main track as the ecosystem. Is rather fragile, not. Everybody, sticks to the rules though. Not, many animals can survive in this epic elliptic, landscape, one. That is quite well adapted, is the ostrich, of course. Whereas. Many of the tracks are dry and hard they, are some softer, parts which are extremely. Dusty. It, is hard to imagine the sheer amount of dust flying up behind the car and, finding, its way into the inside. Just. Walking on the surface will cover your lower legs completely, in dust and dirt at, the, end of the day the entire car, was clouded, and it took us some time to clean it. After. Several hours of driving we, reached our next destination, which was the so called Queens barb up. The. Tree carries many a signature, from past travelers. Not. Far away the remains of Chapman's barber can be found. Sleeping. It's. Definitely not something for. Somebody who is afraid of dirt or dust, because. Invariably, at some point you will get very, very dirty and, very dusty, as you can tell climbing. Along the car after you've troubled through, extremely. Sand extremely, dusty, roads. Just. Leads to the fact that you're covered, in dirt from top to bottom really, but. At the end of the day or rather, at the beginning of the day if you can get. To places and enjoy these kind of views it is all worth it. Although. It is hard to find any animals, of most parts of the landscape as soon, as one gets near water the chances are increasing. Close. To a waterhole we camp on this group of elephants, which made good use of the moist nut. Although. These clumps, of mud are not quite as effective in covering their skin as dust these, elephant's patiently, continued. In. This part of botswana the temperatures, can easily, rise to over 40 degrees celsius, which is rather hard to cope with without an air conditioning. After. All these dry landscapes, we were quite happy to arrive in the Okavango Delta. It. Is a great fool buy for trail system, feeding through marae me Game Reserve with. Plenty, of chances, for exploration. The. Game reserve covers much of the eastern, side of the Okavango Delta and. Combines, a permanent, water source with drier areas. Marais. Me is one of the prime, safari destinations. In Botswana, and it, is easy to see why the. Diversity in wildlife, is immense, many. Species are easy, to observe without a professional, guy. Ramie. Game Reserve is also well suited for the adventurous, traveler, as it can only be accessed by former home. There. Are many deep sand tracks which can offer a row. I lied. Was without a doubt there's several little bridges along the way, these. Preachers, are constructed, with unsecured. Levani tree trunks which, freely, move around when you drive through them our. Favorite, spot was third, bridge where, mine approach was combined, with the crossing, of award. When. We were in the Caprivi strip we, bought a traditional, instrument called. A hippo collar and this. Is a very simple tool just wood, on the outside the cow skin on the top and a bamboo stick in the middle but, the real magic happens if you put some water on your hand and. Then. Rub the bamboo stick because. This mimics the sound of a hippo who, is happy as, it has found nice, and sweet cross. And. The. Effect of this is that hippos, in the water are reacting. To it they are coming closer, to the shore and they have been coming a lot closer to us at the beginning they were on either sides of this little lake or this little Lagoon but, now they are just in front of us wanting. The fresh cross. Being. A lot of fun to use the hippo caller brought us a lot of good results. Almost. Every, waterhole, at every, little stream is inhabited, by hippos, in the Okavango Delta. Most. Of the day they stay underneath the water surface, with, just a bit of their heads popping out. Hippo. Is tend to live in groups sometimes.
With Up to 40 or 50, individuals. An. Adult. Hippo is quite a massive animal easily. Weighing one and a half tonnes. Territorial. Fights among males are nothing, uncommon as the deep scars on this hip whose back showed. The. Teeth can easily, reach lengths of 50, centimeters. They. Are frequently shown during their characteristic. Yawns which, are quite a spectacle, to observe. Similar. To other animals they are quite happy to use the oxpecker service. With. All these streams it is always a good idea to check the water depth before driving through them with. Longer stretches it is often hard to touch but walking through them is not recommended. Sometimes. The only option is to hope it is not as deep as it looks. If, something, goes wrong there's, certainly, somebody waiting, eagerly, for a snack. While. Moremi offers many wet and flooded areas it is also home to some woodlands, with. Enough time and patience, there's a good chance of spotting some forest trellis, very. Small and how to spot, a thwart Mongoose. Eleven. Families are up to 30 animals and can usually be seen foraging. For insects, on the forest floor. At. Least one animal of the group is always perched a bit higher to skin the area for predators, a. Close. Relative to the dwarf Mongoose is the slender, me goose. Some. Are the forest areas show that it has been a long dry season with the foliage, looking, like autumn. This. Is without a doubt the. Wildest, campsite we've ever been to, earlier. The day there was an elephant standing in our campsite right here and it was walking around the other campsites, as well later, at night there, was an entire herd of elephant, walking around just just, a couple minutes ago there were two lines walking, right, in front of us less than 20, meters away they are hippos, calling, a hundred, meters away and the point it is just incredibly. Wild, here and a, beautiful. Wedged. Between morenae, game Rossano french / national park was a small, area called. Which arguably, offers some of the best scenery, in all of what's one. With. Plenty, of water and fresh, cream trois this, area, is a favorite, among water bucks water. Bucks are AA large shaggy, antelopes. That live in herds of Sixth and 30 animals. They. Have characteristic. White fur rings on their back ends which are useful as orientation when, they are fleeing from predators. Male. Water buck also sport massive, horns which are used in territorial, fights. The. Area is equally popular, among large herds of buffaloes who come to the river to drink. Similarily. Many birds such as the lilac, breasted roller, the. Settle build stalk the. African, long-tailed trike, wattled. Cranes be. African Hoople the, yellow-billed, horn boom and the Pete Kingfisher, can be observed. Krystal. Highlighted, on the choir River with this young elephant, boys going, for a swim with. These. Scorching. Temperatures we could imagine how refreshing this part must attain for. For young males it didn't stay peaceful, for long. But. Why not has also offer it's painful, surprises, when, I packed up the rooftop 10 this morning I stepped down the stairs and immediately, felt a searing, pain in my right foot it. Turns out I stepped, into a very, thorny, branch, and it went straight into, my foot not. So pleasant later, at night we also had the luck to spot this nocturnal survive ket close to our campsite. The. Next morning we started out before sunrise and, were immediately, rewarded. By spotting, a lioness, casually, walking along our path. Shortly. Afterwards, we came upon our first honey badger. Honey. Badgers, are usually. Nocturnal as, well this, one was apparently, still hungry as it was actively, forging, on the ground a. Little. Later our day got even better when we came upon this male ID and southern Joba National Park. It, clearly is no fan of all the thorns either. The. Early morning sunlight looked, magically, as he paraded along. It. Seems he was still a little bit tired though. Although. We drove all the way up to savuti in the centre of Java National Park we didn't see much more as everything, was very dry. It. Was then time to leave the wire leverage, areas, for the vast and lonely, west of Botswana for. Several. Hundred, kilometres we drove through virtually, uninhabited, landscapes. Our. Destination. Was with all the hours spent trying as it is one of its finest wildest, and most remote, sites. It. Is called by, harbor keven's there's.
Northern, And a southern entrance, to this cave system with. The former being a bit easier, to access through, free stairs. Inside. The caves we soon came upon fascinating. Stalactites, and stalagmites. The. Exploration. Of these caves is only for intrepid, travelers, there. Is nobody taking, care or registering. Your entry in, fact. There's nobody, near within, a 50, kilometer, radius, we. Were quite alone in these dark caves, or. Maybe. Not. We. Are just exploring, this cave system we. Can really, scare. Lighting. With all flashlights. And then something moved in flew towards us and it turns out they, are thousands. Of plants, hanging the little crevices, above us and they are moving from time to time some people are flying around usually, they feed at nighttime but, apparently due, to the fact that we are open for you some of them just smoke up and, it's quite fascinating just, watching, them and, they're emitting, these little sounds, high-pitched noises, probably, communicating, with one another it's. Just a very a fascinating, thing to be riding these, little, dense horseshoe, bets are only seven centimetres long and weigh a mere six grams they. Prefer to live in caves and groups of hundreds, of animals. Soon. After that we also came upon Egyptians split faced bats which are slightly larger. They. Appreciated, our presence a lot less as many of them started, to fly around as we approached. We. Then decided, to explore the caves a little bit more. We. Searched for more than three hours for, the connection, between the two entrances. We. Tried our best even. Crawling through narrow passageways. But, to, no avail. We. Have now explored, both the northern entrance and the southern entrance but we just couldn't find the connection, between the, two apparently. In the past there was a rope connecting, both but it's not there anymore and, at one point there was a two meter drop so we, decided to call it a day and leave with the memories we have instead. Of getting lost somewhere, in the cave system but definitely, what. A memorable, place a little while later we watched a local football match and soon found. That the border fence with Namibia, the. Track first seemed all right but soon became horribly, over, ground. After. Many kilometers, on sandy, tracks we thought that we could make up some time on the highway that. Did not work out as planned.
But, Swine offers a great variety of, poor wheel drive tracks but, if you think that the off-roading stops, when the tar Road starts you're, mistaken. Have, a look at this road this, is one of the major highways, of the country and it is littered. With potholes. That are sometimes 20. To 30 centimeters. D it, took us longer than expected but, we still reached our destination at. Cedilla Hills a place, of many great rock paintings. Together. With our local guide we went on the Rhino trail to explore, the area. These. Hills of trade cultural, and spiritual, significance to, the Sun people those. People, students. People and the tribe of those people were the key yeah. Those. People that painted this paint is using, hematite, choco. Concrete. And. Moffat URI, and also. Planner so. Here's the zebra, as. You can see it is not completely down but it was. On. Here. Is. The jackal, here. Is the Coogee and the baby could you and, the lines that you see is the lines that shows that they, were using the, fingers to paint they are fingers to paint and here, is the giraffe as you can see the non neck here the next legs and the chain which, is the trap then. Here is the world stock the. Steinbach the. Baby event and the Maha the. Odd rope and the geometric, design the. Geometric, design we used by. The measurement. In, specific. Hill English works there, is a great amount of paintings, in the area some, are more faded while others are clearly discernible. Some. Were quite easy to recognize, while, others were more abstract, such as this penguin. Our. Guide also showed us an old game still, play today. We then spend one last night, at the Okavango, River which, we saw for the first time since the movie yeah. Always. Eager for new adventures we, decided, to also cross the Aachen angle on an old and rickety Harry, this. Ferry is the only way to get to the eastern side of the Okavango in botswana. The. State of the wheelhouse did, not necessarily inspire. Trust and. Neither did the life rings nor, whatever this kind of plastic bottle, was useful, but. That was just the adventure we had come to Botswana. At. Least the engines were working fine, and so we slowly made our way across the river. We, arrived on the other side of the Okavango. Ironically. Once on the other side we didn't get to see the river again for 50 kilometers, so, we turned around and headed back to the ferry. On, our way south towards the Kalahari, we spend one more night illumise camping, in a truly magnificent. Spot. The. Kalahari Desert is not limited, to a single National, Park in Botswana but, rather covers, the entire southern part of the country. One. Protected, area as the central, Kalahari, Game Reserve which. Were decided, to have a closer look, right. At the start we had the luck to spot this funny duo. Generally. This area seems to be a favorite amongst teen books of which we saw many it. Was our first time spotting a young Steve mundo which was truly, tiny. We. Proudly present you but, swather steepest. Pothole, have. A look at this. The. Central Kalahari, Game Reserve is a very try place dominated. By cross shrubs. And the occasional, pin. In. Comparison. To the Okavango Delta not, as many animals can be spotted but with a little bit of patience, there's a good chance of seeing Springboks kudos.
Bull, The Beast and Oryx. They. Especially, tend to congregate, among the few water halls of the park eagerly, sharing a drink. And. Low vegetation also. Allowed us to look further into the distance so that we spotted our first bat-eared, foxes. Mariette. Foxes, usually, forage in pairs looking, for food which they locate, using their large ears. Surprisingly. Their diet is eighty to ninety percent insects. Most. Of the landscapes, look fairly similar in the park with, the exception, of this plaque pen which really stood out. There's. One small on our site when we came upon a pack of wild dogs. While. Dogs are among the most threatened, mammals in Africa with only a few thousand, left. They. Are highly skilled predators, hunting, in packs of 5 to 15 animals chasing. Their prey until it collapses, from exhaustion. Although. They are formidable hunters, themselves, they sometimes fall prey to lions. When. Exploring the Kalahari one should be prepared, for a lot of driving on sandy, tracks often limiting. The speech to 30 kilometres an hour going. Faster, could easily end in a catastrophe. Often. We've. Been doing, on. The go. I. Did. And. It turns out from. Now on it, is. Driving. In the night we did with. Several, hundred kilometers to go we, didn't have a choice but to push on, the. Only good thing that came of this ordeal was that we spotted a spring here a funny. Rabbit, hopping around like a kangaroo. Last. One we finally, arrived at camp. Early. The next morning we, were back on track driving, into the deep south west of Botswana the. Sandy. Tracks were a lot of fun and a struggle, from the night before was, soon forgotten our. Destination, was Tagalog Rd trans frontier park a national, park that unites wilderness, from Botswana, and South Africa. Characteristic. Filbert's one inside of the park are red coloured sandy, 4x4, trails traversing. Pristine, landscapes. Along. The trails froze mainly cross and a lot of thorny, bushes. Typically. For the Kalahari, they are also a number of tribe hands. Striking. Is the amount of Romans that seem to rise out of nobly a traverse. Depends, and usually lose all their momentum as soon as they reach the edge of the way. The. Dry ground is very popular. Among African, grounds crows which can often be seen foraging. For roots seeds, and insects. They, have very round faces and bushy, tails which makes it easy to distinguish, them from another grant dweller the, Mia get. Many. Consider, Mike heads to be one of the cutest, animals, and it is hard to disagree. Meerkats. Are always, vigilant, continuously. Scanning, the sky for predators. After. A long day of beautiful. Soundtracks, we reached our campsite, where we will welcome to buy several horn, boots. These. Birds are very common, in southern Africa, living in a range of habitats. They. Are inquisitive and tend to be a rather unafraid, of humans. They are two different subspecies, of hornbill, and southern Africa the. Red-billed hornbill and the yellow-billed, wampum, with the letter being the more common. Hornbills. Tend to be crowned tolling during the day foraging. For food, and. Diet consists, of anything, ranging from insects. To fruits and also, geckos. The. Setting Sun provided. These birds with a beautiful, backdrop while, they were turning over sand and search of insects, and seats. We. Watched him until the Sun had set and the chatter of the birds was replaced, by the sound of The Barking geckos. The. Next day brought us a South African part. Of the park where, we spotted also, larger animals. Among. Those was a female Springbok, with her freshly, born young. We. Also managed to get a glimpse of the famous black maned Kalahari, heights. We, explore town for many more hours in the box wine inside driving. On beautiful, red sand tracks and thinking, to ourselves that. This is an underrated, precious, of Botswana the. Same, applies to an area just north of the park called car Kalahari. Concession, area, this.
Region, Is just as wild and lonely as the rest of the Kalahari, with, beautiful, open savanna landscapes, and wide open pants. We. Knew that this would be our last night in the true wilderness. So we wistfully, watched the sunset. We. Made ourselves a, nice campfire, enjoyed. Our loneliness, together, and watched the millions, of stones from our heads. The. Next morning we pack down the rooftop tent and drove, back towards, civilization. Botswana. This. Was a fabulous, ride with memories, that will last a, lifetime, we. Learned the value of pristine, nature, animals. That are wild, and free-roaming, in. Their natural, habitats, living. Perfectly, fine without, human, interference. It. Is worth protecting these, habitats, so that future generations can. Marvel at everything, our world, has to offer.