A feature article on my time at the prestigious yet down-to-earth EcoTraining camp in the Tuli Block of south-eastern Botswana. I joined instructor Okwa Sarefo and his students for a few days, to learn about the African bushveld, it's animals, its trees, it's life...and it's soul. And you know what I learned? That we don't need much to be happy...water, food, friendship, wild animals, land, sky and maybe a cold beer or two. (Ok, DEFINITELY a cold beer or two).
While the South African side of Kgalagadi is more popular, the Botswana side (including Mabuasehube) is much bigger, and far wilder. There are only jeep tracks and simple campsites, and there is a distinct possibility of being surrounded by prides of lion. My kinda place. Check out my article in Leisure Wheels article on this area, where a 4x4 is most definitely necessary!
In the south-east corner of Botswana is Mashatu Game Reserve, a place of baobabs, elephants and leopard. On the banks of one of the rivers lies the Ecotraining camp, where students of all ages or stages can learn about the bushveld and wild animals from experienced rangers and guides.
For part 1 of my interview with Ted Reilly, head of Big Game Parks in Swaziland, click here.
What’s your opinion on the proposed trading of rhino horn?
Nothing will ever stop the poaching. There is no magic wand that will absolutely solve the problem.
But if trade is to
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It's largely unknown, but there are plans afoot to prospect for coal bed methane gas on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. As in Chobe National Park and Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Botswana government has issued licences to several energy companies to prospect. Full scale fracking could occur in these wilderness areas...and it breaks my heart. Plus, does it make economic sense, especially when surface water is already in short supply, and fracking could contaminate
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If you have ever been here, then you’ll know that it’s almost always a hot and dry place, with average rainfall of around 200 mm. Well, in the last three days there has been about 30mm at Nossob, and the usually dry Nossob River bed actually looks like a river!! (This river only flows twice a century usually). I took these photos this morning between Polentswa and Nossob…and it’s still drizzling right now. Strange to be driving through knee high water in the Kgalagadi! The earth and the animals
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