Bundutec Adventures – Botswana 2021
Friday 17 Sep
Early morning saw 8 vehicles in our group depart from Gauteng and head out to the Groblersbrug border post.
Johan & Mercia from Cape Town joined at Lephalale, wherever the convoy soon arrived at the border post, to finds a long line of heavy trucks waiting to cross over. Passing the long line of trucks, border formalities on the South African side was impressively quick and efficient. Except for a short wait in “no man’s land” on the bridge across the Limpopo river, the group soon arrived at a very congested MaarOnsdriL border post on the Botswana side. However, 1.5 hours later formalities were completed and the convoy was able to proceed into Botswana. After a quick refuel we were able to continue on the second leg of the trip to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. En route we stopped in Phalapye to collect our pre-ordered meat packs – as no meat products and certain plant products are allowed into Botswana at this Ome. We continued thereafter past the town of Serowe and on to Khama Rhino Sanctuary, where Freddie – the local representative from Bundutec Botswana – was waiting to welcome us. This was our first opportunity to put our awesome Bundutec equipment to the test under the huge Manke] trees.
Sat 18 Sep
Direction – Makgadikgadi Salt Pans via the town of Letlhakane.
After a quick re-fuel in town, followed by deflating of tyres when we arrived at the dirt road, the convoy proceeded along the dusty tracks into this magical landscape …. The starkness of the Makgadikgadi Pans is breathtakingly beautiful when you first encounter this “Big Sky Country”.
We arrived at Lekhubu Island in Ome for sundowners and the first of many spectacular sunsets!
Sun 19 Sep
Further into the 12000 sq km of arid & dusty magic that is the Makgadikgadi – sometimes through thick pockets of fine dust – we made our way across the vastNtetwe Pan until we left the dust behind and reached the small town of Gweta. We continued on for a short distance to Planet Baobab’s campsite were the very dusty but also very happy “Bunduteccers” pitched camp, enjoyed a dip in the cool waters of the swimming pool, and later showered under warm water in the pleasant ablutions!
Mon 20 Sep
An easy drive from Gweta took us to Maun – occasionally slowing down to allow wild Elephant to cross the road from Nxai Pan NaOonal Park into the Makgadikgadi National Park…. (they do, all things considered, have right of way, which goes without mentioning is emphasized by their sheer size.) The Giraffe and Zebra that we encountered preferred to just keep their beady little eyes rigged on the
convoy. After a speedy visit to our campsite at Sitatunga camp, the group departed for Maun International
Airport for a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Happy campers indeed, as experiences were shared around the communal fire until late into the starry African night.
Tues 21, Wed 22, Thurs 23, Fri 24 Sep
Just four words: The legendary Okavango Delta! Our exclusive campsite situated on a private concession far exceeded our expectations.
The camp was set up merely a few meters away from the clear cool waters of the Delta. Elephant, Hippo and Buffalo paid us numerous visits during our stay there and certainly qualified as one of the many highlights of the safari. Just try to imagine falling asleep under endless bright stars, while fireflies provide even more ‘magical flying little lights” directly above one, accompanied by the majestic roar of Lion and shrill laughter of Hyaena to break the night silence …
The mokoro trips and game drives in the delta had us constantly feeling like we were “Alice in Wonderland” as we drove through herds and herds of Buffalo, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest and Elephant, while Wild Dog & Leopard sightings rounded off the days.
Saturday 25 Sep
We departed from Wonderland and continued the trip via Maun to Nata for our last evening still enjoying “the spirit of the Great Heart” under the bright Botswana stars. Finally arriving in Nata aLer a long & hot 8-hour drive everyone thoroughly enjoyed that evening’s Bundutec sponsored scrumptious dinner, which also ended up as another highlight on this epic safari.
Sunday 26 Sep
We took the LONG way back to South Africa, and fortunately, the border crossings on both sides went smoothly, wherever fond greetings were exchanged and everyone headed out for home on their separate ways .
What a magnificent trip – THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPANTS AND BUNDUTEC, without whom and our
reliable BUNDUTEC equipment it would not have been possible.