After my experiences in Namibia, I drove off to Botswana. Still one of my favourite places when it comes to wildlife. This time I had CKGR (Central Kalahari Game Reserve) on the planning and of course I couldn’t pass Maun without visiting beautiful Khwai.
This Africa trip wasn’t all about the pictures, but more about the surroundings, friends and testing the new car to the fullest. After all boys will be boys, right? And if you’re on the road with two mechanics you can truly check your car out and what place is better then Namibia to do that?
After my long stay in Mana, it was time to head back direction Maun. My car would stay there for ‘stage two’, since there were a few things that turned out not that handy or could use some improvement. And in Maun lives one of the best guys to do that: Shane. I left on time to be sure I had enough time to get there and go through all the necessary things. Because you never know what’s going to happen. But everything went smooth and fast. Imagine!
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Time always flies by and it’s no different while you’re in the bush. After a resupply in Lusaka and a new stamp in my passport I was ready for another Mana-month! The heat, the dust, flat tyres: for me it’s definitely all worth it. There is simply no place like Mana.
After the elephant relocation, the little canoe trip and our relaxed stay in the cutest lodge of Chirundu (that does exist!), we were totally ready for Mana. First trip with the new car, so also first time checking out the new way to transport firewood (and it worked like a charm). First time seeing everybody again and of course the car was ‘the topic’ every time again. To be honest I was a little bored after the seventh tour around the car and the engine. It did become funny again when guys like Stretch and Alistair decide to do a little show in front of their guests polishing the car…
So we left Botswana and after a night in Bulawayo, we were on our way to the Zambezi Valley. A long drive with a stopover in Chinnoyi and again we stayed with people who became friends. It feels good to be at home in so many places in the world. This time we had another special stop before we would go to Mana Pools. Continue reading →