The land of donkeys and endless fences

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
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Trip End Jun 12, 2006


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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Everyone packed up camp pretty efficiently and we were on the road for our 9 hour drive by 7am. The totally flat savanna and bushy scrub reminded me of what I had thought Tanzania would look like and what I would describe as the real Africa. There was not a soul on the road and I don't think we saw one other person before we arrived in Nata, our lunch spot. Thinking back in the whole 5 hours I only remember passing through one small village. Botswana is so sparsely populated. 1.6m people in a country the size of France!

We did however spot wildlife on route, elephant, ostrich and donkey. Cattle were also plentiful in the none game areas. Cattle is Botswana's main farming product as the arid dry soil make most areas not that suitable for much else.

We stopped for lunch and had a very big plate of what was shredded beef brisket, served up with a big dollop of sorghum and corn flour porridge.


After lunch it was onwards to Maun. There were a number of places on the way to Maun where you crossed in and out of huge fenced areas as you crossed between the game parks and farm land. We would sometimes have to get out of the truck and walk on top of a detol sponge walkway, the solution to stopping the spread of foot and mouth disease.

We stayed in a very nice campsite in the Sedia Hotel. A rather posh hotel, with a fantastic pool and bar area. It seemed rather too up market for a frugal backpacker such as myself!
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