Start of the new trip to Botswana

Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
Trip End Nov 04, 2007

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Said goodbye to the old group and met up with the new group. The new group were from Canada, the US, UK and Germany. It seems like a very good company. Kasey, Matt, Lara, Alonso, Miguel and Katia remained from the old group. There is an English family from Kent, whom their son has just had finished his A-Levels and is hoping to get into Oxford to do Law. Our new tour leader is called Natalie. She is from Australia and has been living here for the last 6 years. This is her last tour. She seems like a very cool chick as the Ausies would say! :)

We have quite a different age group. From 18-65. There were some problems with the luggages arriving from Heathrow due to the flight and the recent terrorist activity, so a few of the people have lost their luggages.

It was difficult to say goodbye to Ellaina for being such a fun loving person and Larrissa for being caring and considerate. I hope to keep in touch with both, and hopefully we will see Ellaina in Cape Town and maybe Larrissa in Kathmandu.

This morning we crossed the border into Botswana. The drive from the campsite was 1:30 hours. At first sight, Botswana is beautiful. I feel as you go further down to the south of Africa the land gets ritcher and more beautiful. Botswana is considered to be the ritchest country in Africa. It has 1/3 of the world's diamonds and is also ritch in natural oils. People also look different and very rarely you do come across people asking for money or food. We met our drivers called Muffat, Modumbo and Disaster as one of the tour guides.

We saw Ground Horne Bird on the way along with Giraff and Elephants. We have two vehicles, which are open top. So it can get quite cold in the car. Botswana was quite cold during the morning and warm in the middle of the day and very cold at night. The roads here are fab, in fact I was writing this journal in the vehicle, on a piece of paper and now I am back in Livingstone, transferring the journals onto the diary. We had a basic lunch in the car at Kasane. We are coming back to Kasane before leaving Botswana at the end of the trip. We are heading to a campsite called Elephant Sand. It is a savanna for many elephants as the name suggests. The campsites in Botswana are alot more simpler than the ones we have been to in other parts of Africa. One thing for sure you don't find many bars here! :) It really does feel like you are camping in the middle of no where and you deffinately get the feeling of being in the wild surrounded by the animals.

Dinner was great. On this tour we don't do anything. Nat does everything for us, which I think is out of this world. Of course we help out with the washing and tidying.
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