Entries from 'bush'

a few days on the farm

   From the Fish River Canyon, we drove back towards the Cape and stayed a few nights at a friend’s farm between the Karoo and the Cederberg. It was so nice to see her again, and we had a great time on the farm, hiking in the surrounding mountains, swimming and relaxing in a beautiful…

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at the Fish River Canyon

Upon entering the Richtersveld National Park we were greeted by a zebra high up on a hill next to the road and followed the dusty gravel road to the lodge, which is beautifully situated among some unique stone formations. We spent a couple of days there, relaxing at the pool (what a luxury!) and taking…

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Through the West African Forest

For a potential project, I travelled to Abidjan and embarked on a journey through the last remaining part of the Upper Guinean Forest in Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring Liberia. It was quite an adventure and we spent endless days on bumpy roads while exploring the Tai–Grebo–Sapo region. The sheer size of the trees and plants…

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a last trip to the bush

I wanted to spend some time in the bush and wave goodbye to all the animals that are out there before I leave Botswana. And despite the unusually long and heavy rain over the last few days, I was lucky and got to see some elephants, giraffes and lions, among them even a lioness with…

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summer is back camping trip

This past weekend, we went to Botsalano with a group of friends for a night in the bush. Upon entering the reserve, we saw a group of 14 or so rhinos at the waterhole, including two baby rhinos. Apparently, they also have an issue with poaching in the reserve, so the lady at the gate…

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finally another game drive

Recently we realized that it has been a long time since our last game drive and shortly after that Björn surprised me with a quick weekend getaway to Madikwe, Big Five country. So we drove the short distance across the border and spent a night at the Buffalo Ridge Lodge, where we’d been already twice…

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Botswana bucket list

Time is running so fast, and in the past weeks I haven’t really had time for anything, but here’s a few more memories of our trip to the Magkadigkadi Pans. It was such a great get-away and we also crossed a few things of our “to-do” list for Botswana: – Learn about the origins of…

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in and out of the pan

From Gweta, we went further into the salt pans for an overnight trip. This trip turned out to be a little more adventurous than we had planned and it included a broken down car, a hike through the bush, a bumpy ride in an ancient car which came to our rescue, followed by a frantic…

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Weekend in the Waterberg

For the long Easter weekend, we went to the Waterberg area in South Africa with our friends and met my sister and M. on their way back from Mozambique for a couple of quiet days in the bush. The days were filled with extended breakfasts, watching the sun wandering from one end of the porch…

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Birthday in the bush

A few weekends ago, we celebrated my sister’s and my birthday with cake and bubbles. We also went on a game drive to Mokolodi and had a bush picknick overlooking the green hills and the dam. It was nice spending some time with friends and family and I hope they will enjoy their holiday in…

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Sunset Saturday XXXXV

A sunset in the bush at Mabuasehube. The sun was scorching during the day and even the wind was hot, so all we did was hide under the shade and wait for the sun to paint a golden sky behind the thornbushes. As much as I complain, the European winter makes me realise how spoilt…

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camping with friends

This past weekend, we went to Botsalano with a group of friends. It was a sort of farewell for dear friends who are leaving Botswana soon, and so everyone joined in for some time in the bush. After setting up the tents, there was some frisbee action, a game drive with a tiny little mini…

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around the bush

The nearby Mokolodi Nature Reserve is a great place to take visitors for a first impression of wildlife and bush in Botswana, and we tend to go there every other month.This Saturday, we drove around the lake,saw a waterbuck looking for young leaves,watched a tortoise crossing the road,and came across an ostrich, who was taking…

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lion country

While at Mabuasehube, we got more than lucky and saw a total of 12 really big Kalahari lions.We had heard that a bunch of lions was occupying a campsite not too far from where we were staying and so we drove there to have a look. Indeed, they were there, dozing in the shade and…

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in the wild west

Last weekend, I went for a trip to Mabuasehube, a national park in the wild west of Botswana. From the tarred road, it takes more than 100km on a sand piste to the entrance gate and from there, another 25km to the campsite at Mabuasehube pan, so it’s really in the middle of nowhere. We…

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