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Frogs, frogs and more frogs

Through the lily pads of Sanctuary Stanley’s camp in the Okavango Delta the are wide variety of amphibians to be seen and heard.

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Discover Botswana’s hidden secrets

Finding a part of the great Botswana that is remote, unfrequented by camera-happy humans, and somewhat hidden from sight could be one of the most rewarding safari experiences of one’s life.

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Brave lioness takes on croc to protect cubs

Amazing images of a mother lion taking on a deadly crocodile to give her cubs a safe swim across a river in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 17

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 17 on 23 December 2013: Go deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta to research the delicate ecosystem, find out if the Natal Midlands is the new Franschhoek and learn all about cheetah conservation in the Kgalagadi.

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The Forgotten Okavango Delta – the Panhandle

The myriad waterways, the plethora of wildlife and the lush vegetation in the Okavango Delta make it a sought-after safari destination. With its brazen sunsets, hazy landscapes and bronze-coloured waters teeming with animals, this is Botswana’s most prized possession. The

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Bizarre lion behaviour in the Okavango Delta

Written by: Ole Friede “We were on a game drive on Chiefs Island out of Mombo Camp in the Okavango Delta when we heard lions fighting in the thickets. Upon investigation we came across four young male lions that had

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Walking in the Footsteps of Giants

Walking with elephants in the wilds of Botswana made us feel more closely connected than ever before to these majestic creatures. Deep in the heart of the Botswana bush, Doug and Sandi Groves live in a rustic bush camp with

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Wild Dogs in the Delta

Wild dogs hunt in packs amongst the floodplains of the Okavango Delta with close coordination that is mind-blowing to watch. With smoke pouring out of our car bonnet we barely made it to Maun, limping into the gateway to the

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A Bush Pilot in Botswana

Flying above the watery wonderland of the Okavango Delta is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but for a lucky few it is a daily adventure. We flew into the heart of the Okavango with bush pilot Ben Jordaan to Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

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Bachelor Bulls herd-up in Botswana's Waterways

This year Botswana has experienced lower rainfall than usual and the natural waterholes are beginning to dry up… This forces the game population to congregate early at permanent water sources such as rivers. Normally big gatherings happen around August but

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Elephant trunk-strokes my pregnant tummy

Image and text courtesy of Caitlin Carter I was at Baine’s Camp in Botswana with Sanctuary Retreats and had the pleasure of meeting Jabu, the patriarch of the Elephant Experience there. I stood chatting to ‘elephant expert’ Doug Groves, while Jabu meandered

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Botswana in the green season

Most people wishing to visit Botswana will likely be advised to head to the country during the dry season which runs from April to October. The reason for this would be that it is cooler than the hot Nov – Mar period.  

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Stuck in the Okavango Delta in a mini-skirt

By Jemima Middleton. Photos by Cayley Christos “Do we know where we’re going?” “Yep.” This sounded fairly confident, so we leapt into the Concession 4×4 in our clean white shirts and smart black skirts, and headed out into the bush.

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An African adventure

Africa is a wondrous part of the world filled with wild places just waiting to be explored. In Swahili, safari means ‘journey’ and for the rest of this year we are travelling across eastern and southern Africa on a journey

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Cause an Uproar!

In support of Lion conservation, the National Geographic Society has agreed to donate 10 cents to lion conservation in Botswana every time this YouTube video is viewed. Share it with your friends and Cause an Uproar! Also make sure to

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Okavango Endurance: Day 1

We recently returned from an epic 11 day endurance safari trekking by foot, canoe, car and air totalling 132 km over the Okavango Delta. Lions in camp, ellies crossing rivers, two minute noodles, vaselined blisters, canoes dodging hippos, singing and

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Kane the Bushman

Last week I had the good fortune of being email-introduced to a young man who goes by the name of Kane the bushman. Kane is a guide conducting private and walking safaris in the northern part of Botswana, along the

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Cats and the memory of water

It is often said that cats don’t like water. Undoubtedly, this has some truth in it, but for cats living in and around the wetlands of northern Botswana these days, coping with water is a reality.


Whatever happened to the lionesses with manes

A few months ago I posted a story with pictures about female lions with manes. The lionesses I wrote of were all seen at Mombo, in the Okavango Delta. Since then I have visited Mombo again, and was lucky enough

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Big water and little cats

2010 is proving to be the year of the big flood in the Okavango. Water levels have reached their highest levels in the past 30 years. When it comes to experiencing the annual flood in the Delta, the Jao concession

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Botswana’s photographic areas expand

Map, showing NG18 and NG20, courtesy of Wilderness Safaris Some of the most important wildlife areas in Northern Botswana are associated with two major river systems. In the very north of the country is the Linyanti River and its distributaries,

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The banded mongooses of Jao

Jao Camp is situated on an island in the Okavango Delta. The island is not overly large, perhaps a kilometre in length, and not quite that wide again. Aside from the human occupants of the camp, the island is also

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Perhaps one of the most important things that a young lion will need to learn how to do well, is to learn how to hunt. Lions and other carnivores that prey on fast-moving prey have a much harder time of

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Defense mechanisms

One day we were watching a female leopard near Chitabe Camp, in the Okavango Delta. The leopard had two very young cubs, perhaps just a couple of months old. She had killed an impala, and dragged it quite a distance

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