Botswana, 2012


This is an album of photos taken during our 2012 trip to Botswana, staying in four camps from the Okavango delta, the Savute National Park, the Kwando river and the Chobe National Park.

The Okavango river flows from Angola into Botswana, where it enters the Kalahari desert and spreads out into a massive delta of marshes and waterways interspersed with large areas of bushland. This entire area, and the adjacent areas including the Savute and Chobe national parks have become meccas for African wildlife. The camps are small, averaging around 10 tents, and because of the terrain, almost all have small airstrips and operate on a "fly in, fly out" basis.

As we discovered, the game viewing is just amazing and the low volume tourism, a deliberate strategy of the Botswana government, provides a wonderful platform for peaceful and engrossing game viewing.

Everywhere we went, the people were friendly and welcoming, and we rate this trip as one of the best tourism experiences we have had.

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001. Sabine is ready to fly into the Okavango Delta
1. Sabine is ready to fly into the Okavango Delta
002. The Okavango Delta from the air
2. The Okavango Delta from the air
003. Our plane leaving Kwara airstrip
3. Our plane leaving Kwara airstrip
004. Transferring from the airstrip to the camp
4. Transferring from the airstrip to the camp
005. African wild dog at Kwara
5. African wild dog at Kwara
006. Elephant near Kwara camp
6. Elephant near Kwara camp
007. Cheetahs near Kwara camp
7. Cheetahs near Kwara camp
008. Zebras near Kwara camp
8. Zebras near Kwara camp
009. Zebras near Kwara camp
9. Zebras near Kwara camp
010. Zebras near Kwara camp
10. Zebras near Kwara camp
011. Zebra with oxpeckers
11. Zebra with oxpeckers
012. Leopard at night near Kwara camp.
12. Leopard at night near Kwara camp.
013. Leopard in spotlight
13. Leopard in spotlight
014. Leopard in the shadows at night
14. Leopard in the shadows at night
015. Leopard in the shadows at night
15. Leopard in the shadows at night
016. White faced owl
16. White faced owl
017. Wattled cranes at Kwara camp
17. Wattled cranes at Kwara camp
018. Tsessebes at Kwara camp
18. Tsessebes at Kwara camp
019. Warthog at Kwara camp
19. Warthog at Kwara camp
020. Red billed hornbill
20. Red billed hornbill
021. Impalas at Kwara camp
21. Impalas at Kwara camp
022. Impala at Kwara camp
22. Impala at Kwara camp
023. Young impalas at Kwara camp
23. Young impalas at Kwara camp
024. Giraffe at Kwara camp
24. Giraffe at Kwara camp
025. Giraffe at Kwara camp
25. Giraffe at Kwara camp
026. Cheetah at Kwara camp
26. Cheetah at Kwara camp
027. Cheetah at Kwara camp
27. Cheetah at Kwara camp
028. Cheetah at Kwara camp
28. Cheetah at Kwara camp
029. Cheetah at Kwara camp
29. Cheetah at Kwara camp
030. Okavango sunset
30. Okavango sunset
031. Kwara grass with hidden lions
31. Kwara grass with hidden lions
032. Lion in Kwara grass
32. Lion in Kwara grass
033. Kwara lion
33. Kwara lion
034. Lion in Kwara grass
34. Lion in Kwara grass
035. Kwara lion
35. Kwara lion
036. Female lion in Kwara grass
36. Female lion in Kwara grass
037. Female lion in Kwara grass
37. Female lion in Kwara grass
038. Impalas at Kwara
38. Impalas at Kwara
039. Southern giraffe at Kwara
39. Southern giraffe at Kwara
040. Giraffe with oxpecker
40. Giraffe with oxpecker
041. Mkoro outing at Kwara camp
41. Mkoro outing at Kwara camp
042. Mkoro outing at Kwara camp
42. Mkoro outing at Kwara camp
043. Hippos close to mkoro at Kwara camp
43. Hippos close to mkoro at Kwara camp
044. Elephants on arrival at Savute
44. Elephants on arrival at Savute
045. Elephants on arrival at Savute
45. Elephants on arrival at Savute
046. Our Savute kudu
46. Our Savute kudu
047. Savute elephant crossing the road
47. Savute elephant crossing the road
048. Zebras at Savute
48. Zebras at Savute
049. Lioness at Savute
49. Lioness at Savute
050. Two lionesses at Savute
50. Two lionesses at Savute
051. Savute zebras
51. Savute zebras
052. Kudus at Savute
52. Kudus at Savute
053. Mrs. Kudu at Savute
53. Mrs. Kudu at Savute
054. Savute impalas
54. Savute impalas
055. Savute impalas
55. Savute impalas
056. Savute buffaloes
56. Savute buffaloes
057. Lilac breasted roller
57. Lilac breasted roller
058. Giraffes at Savute
58. Giraffes at Savute
059. Giraffes at Savute
59. Giraffes at Savute
060. A Savute elephant
60. A Savute elephant
061. A Savute elephant
61. A Savute elephant
062. Elephant mother and baby
62. Elephant mother and baby
063. A leopard at Savute
63. A leopard at Savute
064. A leopard at Savute
64. A leopard at Savute
065. A leopard at Savute
65. A leopard at Savute
066. Lions feeding on killed elephant
66. Lions feeding on killed elephant
067. Lions feeding on killed elephant
67. Lions feeding on killed elephant
068. Lions feeding on killed elephant
68. Lions feeding on killed elephant
069. Lions feeding on killed elephant
69. Lions feeding on killed elephant
070. Lion in profile
70. Lion in profile
071. Baobab tree at Savute
71. Baobab tree at Savute
072. Lagoon camp from the air
72. Lagoon camp from the air
073. Our plane departs from Lagoon airstrip
73. Our plane departs from Lagoon airstrip
074. Lagoon camp
74. Lagoon camp
075. Elephant at Lagoon camp
75. Elephant at Lagoon camp
076. African wild dog
76. African wild dog
077. African wild dog
77. African wild dog
078. Female Kudu at Lagoon camp
78. Female Kudu at Lagoon camp
079. Elephant at Lagoon camp
79. Elephant at Lagoon camp
080. Elephant at Lagoon camp
80. Elephant at Lagoon camp
081. Kudu at Lagoon camp
81. Kudu at Lagoon camp
082. Buffalo at Lagoon camp
82. Buffalo at Lagoon camp
083. Buffalo at Lagoon camp
83. Buffalo at Lagoon camp
084. Wildebeest at the waterhole
84. Wildebeest at the waterhole
085. Elephants arriving at the waterhole
85. Elephants arriving at the waterhole
086. The elephants change direction
86. The elephants change direction
087. The elephants move away from the waterhole
87. The elephants move away from the waterhole
088. Hippo at Lagoon camp
88. Hippo at Lagoon camp
089. Martial eagle
89. Martial eagle
090. Ostriches at Lagoon camp
90. Ostriches at Lagoon camp
091. Giraffes at Lagoon camp
91. Giraffes at Lagoon camp
092. Startled giraffes at Lagoon camp
92. Startled giraffes at Lagoon camp
093. Yellow billed hornbill
93. Yellow billed hornbill
094. Elephant checking us out
94. Elephant checking us out
095. The elephant moves on
95. The elephant moves on
096. Chobe marshes from the air
96. Chobe marshes from the air
097. Chobe elephants
97. Chobe elephants
098. Chobe zebras
98. Chobe zebras
099. Chobe elephants
99. Chobe elephants
100. Chobe elephants
100. Chobe elephants
101. Chobe elephants
101. Chobe elephants
102. Chobe baby elephant
102. Chobe baby elephant
103. Giraffe drinking at dusk
103. Giraffe drinking at dusk
104. Chobe sunset
104. Chobe sunset
105. Sable antelopes at Chobe NP
105. Sable antelopes at Chobe NP
106. Elephant family at Chobe NP
106. Elephant family at Chobe NP
107. Chobe crocodile
107. Chobe crocodile
108. Chobe crocodile and stork
108. Chobe crocodile and stork
109. Hippos in the Chobe river
109. Hippos in the Chobe river
110. Chobe hippos and egret
110. Chobe hippos and egret
111. Chobe hippo and egret
111. Chobe hippo and egret
112. Chobe hippo and egret
112. Chobe hippo and egret
113. Giralles in Chobe NP
113. Giralles in Chobe NP
114. Elephant family in Chobe NP
114. Elephant family in Chobe NP
115. Vultures feeding on dead elephant
115. Vultures feeding on dead elephant
116. Impalas in Chobe NP
116. Impalas in Chobe NP
117. Giraffe with zebras in Chobe NP
117. Giraffe with zebras in Chobe NP
118. Zebras in Chobe NP
118. Zebras in Chobe NP
119. Buffalo in Chobe NP
119. Buffalo in Chobe NP
120. Herd of buffaloes on the move in Chobe
120. Herd of buffaloes on the move in Chobe NP
121 Giraffes in Chobe NP
121 Giraffes in Chobe NP
122. Giraffe in Chobe NP
122. Giraffe in Chobe NP
123. Baobab trees in Chobe NP
123. Baobab trees in Chobe NP
   
 
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