Following on from the previous blog:
Before I arrived at Planet Baobab I was wondering: “Why the name?” And after just a short while I realized that there really were so many huge Baobab trees in the area and that it really is the “Baobab Capital of the World”! With the average age of the trees amongst us being 4000 years, the walk into the Baobab capitol and the use of the medicinal plants, explained to us by our local guide, proved to be very educational. But not before enjoying the coolest and most welcoming pool in the Kalahari! A sunset drink to end of the walk was a “must” and as you can see, the sunset was awesome!
I was very impressed with the design, colours and set up at Planet Baobab as well as the friendly and professional staff. They actually had a room waiting for me – darn it, why did we put up the tent already?
On Day Three we headed off to Maun. A lunch stop was enjoyed at Croc Camp which is also our overnight stop after Mankwe.
After Lunch, on to Mankwe – a private concession between Moremi and Chobe. Set amongst shady Mopane and Acacia trees, Mankwe Bush lodge has 8 extremely comfortable custom-built canvas tents on wooden decks with en suite facilities and viewing deck. Oh I know exactly how comfortable the tents are because we were so fortunate to be upgraded to a “real bed” here! Oh did I sleep well and enjoyed every minute of being able to step on a clean, dry mat and enjoy my surrounding creature comforts! Three nights were spent at Mankwe.
A full day was spent on Game drive in the bush on Day Five. I know I am missing Day Four, but that day was pretty rained out and nothing much to “write home about”. We did not see much 🙁
In the Moremi we were challenged by the floods, but it made the day exciting and although the vegetation was very dense we got to see a lot. It was disappointing not to see any cats, but the abundance of Ellies, Hippos, Birdlife and Giraffes made up for it. I can recall only about 5 minutes of being nervous when we got stuck in waste high water. But our experienced local guide got us out quickly.
The picnic lunch under the tree was very much appreciated, as the driving makes one hungry….It was a “luxury” picnic consisting out of Lasagna, coleslaw, potato salad and sandwiches.
Today was Christine’s birthday, so when we got back to Camp the table was beautifully set with candles glowing and a delicious dinner waiting for us.
Oh no – we had to go home today on Day 6 – the end of the 6 day Classic! The others in our party were carrying on with the 14 day tour – needless to say that we were jealous that they could continue with the tour and sad to leave. Chantal dropped us off at Maun Airport and we flew out on Air Botswana to Johannesburg. It was raining in Joburg and cold in Kapstadt once we were home. We were most sad to leave. Just as I was starting to fall in love with Botswana I had to go!
Thank you to Garth Jenman for giving me the opportunity to go on a trip like this. I am grateful to have had the experience to see the set up and the way we conduct our safaris. Thank you to Chantal for the great meals you cooked ”from the back of the trailer” as well as your professional nature, enthusiasm and being able to manage everyone effectively. Richard, I hope to see the fruits of your footage very soon! Steve, you will do just fine on our tours, as you have the best coach! And (other) Richard and Cristine, it was great to meet you and I hope you enjoyed yourself with the crazy bunch of South Africans and the Dutchie!
-Take a good book for the long drives. Thanx to Nelson Demille who kept me well entertained.
– Mix some citronella oil with your cream to help keep the mozzies away (thanx to Laurina for that tip, it worked)