Category Botswana

Traveling Like a VIP

“Bandar Sri Indah?” We poked our head into the doorway of a midsized bus, careful to avoid inhaling the sooty black emissions drifting toward us from the rear. We’d just flagged the bus… actually, we’d just flagged 5 buses… to ask whether it was going our way. And like the others before him, this driver […]

Video Essay: Our Final (for now) Safari

After 14 months in southern Africa, we took two final short safaris which contrasted nicely: a luxury lodge in the flooding Okavango Delta and a 4×4 camping trip to the arid Central Kalahari Game Reserve, both in Botswana. The video is 12 minutes. If you’re short on time, skip to the last 3 minutes!

Sounds of This Place: the African Bush

Quick, run and get a headset.  This one is almost impossible to hear using my laptop speakers but even cheapie earphones work pretty well. It’s taken more than a year to collect the following recordings; I don’t know why the animals don’t speak on command….  Much of the recordings were taken from our tent in the […]

[Rock] Art History 101

[Knock,knock] I’m feeling shy because the ladies in the gift shop directed me to this office to ask about the Apollo 11 cave; when I arrived at the closed door, the door plaque stated “Park Director!”  From within I hear “who’s there?” Actually, I don’t but I do hear a muffled reply which I take to […]

Six-Word Story, Jan 10, 2014

Daily commuters enlist the Okavango gondolier.