Towards the end of last year, and after a particularly frustrating day at work, I decided to send out a few mails to booking agents in Botswana on the off-chance that I might be able to secure a few (relatively) last minute bookings for the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Fortunately Botswana Footprints came through for me and my itinerary was confirmed as follows:
In November this year I went on my first organised photographic safari with Wild Eye. This was very different to my usual trips, no camping this time.
For a long time I’ve wanted to visit the Kalahari after the summer rains, so I was very excited to be going on a 12 night trip to the Kgalagadi and Mabuasehube in March this year. On this trip I was joined my parents. The three of us would be in my Land Rover Defender 110. For accommodation I would be in my Bundutop roof top tent. For my parents I had hired an Echo 3 Trailer from Jannie at Kubu 4×4 Trailer Rental.
The itinerary for our trip was:
This trip was planned a year in advance with excellent assistance from Tara at Botswana Footprints. On this trip I was joined by 4 mates – 2 of us were travelling from Joburg and the other 3 would be joining us from Bloemfontein. For me it will be my first overland trip in my new 110 Defender having sadly sold my much loved 90. The guys from Bloem would be travelling in a new Toyota Fortuner and as expected the Land Rover / Toyota rivalry formed the basis for much of the banter on the trip!
Our trip would take us across the Makgadigadi Pans through Moremi and to the Chobe River via Savuti and Linyanti.
After months of planning the time had finally come for my first trip to Mabua. A good friend of mine (Bruce) had week-long pink slip from the wife and kids and we were both looking forward to spending some time in the bush. With a bit of luck we would also encounter the Mabua lions we had heard so much about.