Into the African bush: Part 3

Campsites in Central Kalahari Game ReserveThe campsites in the Central Kalahari are large and have two structures, one is a long drop toilet and the other a bucket shower, for which you have to provide your own water.

The story goes that when Noah was boarding the animals, the female Waterbuck urgently needed the toilet, but as they had just been painted she was left with a white Campsites in Central Kalahari Game Reservering around her rump and that’s why they still have that ring today. I looked at the black toilet seat that was going to bake in the sun and wondered what was going to happen to my rump.

The campsites are also well spread out and even though you could see your neighbours site through the bush they were about 50m apart. This made them very private which was great. It did, however, mean that there were less eyes for looking out for lions and other beasties coming into camp.

Not being fenced this was very possible and there are many stories of lions spending the night next to tents, hyenas looking for food and leopards drinking from washing-up water.

As the shadows grew longer, Sue was adamant that dinner would be cooked and eaten before dark so we could be focused on only looking out for what might come into camp.

Since our arrival we had heard no other vehicles and our neighbours campsite was empty. We were all alone in the African bush.

Honey Badger in Campsites in Central Kalahari Game ReserveJust before dark we had our first visit, a honey badger; a nuisance in a lot of Botswana camp sites. These tough little animals are in search of scraps and have even been known to take meat out of a pot cooking on a fire.

As we had already cooked, eaten and cleaned-up, there was nothing for it and it moved off. (Rina aren’t you pleased we weren’t feeding the animals).

As it got dark, Sue shone our spotlight, it worked for a couple of seconds and went dead. As I had recharged it before we left home, the battery was obviously not holding charge and we were left with two small torches with a minimal range, just to make some of our parties nerves even worse and our first problem of the trip.

With minimal lighting Sue decided the safest place was our tent. Before she could finish telling us of her decision Tristan was already in his.The trend had been set for our whole stay and one night we were in bed even before it got dark.

In the distance we could see lightning and hear thunder, somebody was getting their first rain of the season.

It was a sleepless night for some. When it started to get light we could see from the lack of tracks that we had, had no further visitors during the night. We had survived.

Sunrise in the Central Kalahari Game ReserveMore to follow…


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6 Responses to Into the African bush: Part 3

  1. Bridgette & Geoffrey Flint says:

    I am sitting on the edge of my seat!!! Can’t wait for your next blog – hurry up!!

  2. Suki says:

    Having a good chuckle here. We all can get to bed early when night visitors may be around!

  3. Suki says:

    Also thinking that watching water takes on a new meaning when you provide it yourself…..

  4. Rina says:

    Thank You Pete – for the beautiful picture of the badger. Incredible creatures!

  5. Pingback: All the best for 2014 | Pete & Sue's Botswana

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