Botswana

In late April to early May 2012, the Walleighs traveled to Botswana for 12 days’ safari in the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta. They saw very different landscapes from previous safaris; many animals they had never before seen–like Honey Badgers; as well as “old-standbys” like lions, leopards, elephants, warthogs, etc. Botswana was one of the more peaceful, developed countries they had visited in Africa.

Botswana: Animals Rarely or Never Seen on Previous Safaris

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Honey Badgers and Bat-Eared Foxes: Seeing–sometimes in multiple viewings–African Wild Dogs, Tsessebes, Red Lechwe, Roan Antelopes, Honey Badgers, Bat-Eared Foxes, Black-Backed Jackals and two kills made this Botswana trip unique.  One animal that Rick and Wendy had heard of but never seen in the wild was the Honey Badger.  Their driver/guide for the four days, […]

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Botswana: About Botswana, Bayiye Culture, Tiny Planes, & Safari Camps

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Botswana Has a Unique Combination of Topology: Desert, Salt Pans, Savannah, and Okovango Delta. When most people envision safaris, what they probably are thinking of are animals on broad, open, mostly flat savannahs or grasslands, with the occasional low bushes or rows of acacia trees.  Botswana has many savannahs.  But there are also rolling hills, […]

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Botswana: Big Five & Other Celebrity Animals

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The “Big Five” are the African animals that are reputedly the most dangerously unpredictable: Cape Buffalo, Elephants, Rhinoceros, Lions and Leopards.  However, Hippos–which are grass-eaters–kill more people annually than the Big Five combined.  They are huge, very cranky, swim/walk quickly in water, and can run about 30 m.p.h. on land.  A bus in western Uganda […]

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Botswana: Birds Galore

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Maybe the U.S. has as many different varieties of birds as Africa does but the ones typically in urban, suburban and even typical rural areas don’t seem nearly as colorful and diverse as the birds in Africa.  Botswana alone has over 600 species.  Below is just some of the birdy diversity that Rick captured and […]

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April 26 to May 8, 2012 Botswana Experience

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It is always challenging to coordinate two people flying from different places to then fly to a third, but imagine doing that in Africa! After a week of visiting and working in Nairobi with friends and colleagues from the TechnoServe Kenya office, Wendy flew to Johannesburg, South Africa.  Rick would meet her a few hours […]

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