With Sue’s Mom and boyfriend wanting to see a bit of wild Botswana for a few days we decided to head up to Khumaga again, not a hard decision to make and it was easy to convince us to go.
Just to refresh your memory. Khumaga is a campsite in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park right on the Boteti River.
Our trailer had been in the garage for some minor adjustments and hence all our camping gear was spread out around our house and unfortunately did not all make it back into the trailer for our trip.
About an hour into our trip I remembered the first thing that had not found its way back into the trailer and that was our compressor for our tyres. The sand being so soft at Khumaga we like to deflate our tyres for more grip and comfort. We could obviously deflate them, but getting them hard again for the tar road home was not going to be possible.
As we turned off the tar I could see Sue getting worried; the sight of the Boteti River and the ferry made her very concerned. What made it worse was that the river was very low and the ferry could only make it 3/4 of the way across and the rest we had to drive through the water.
After checking in we got to our camp site, it was 9h00 in the morning and the temperature was already reaching 40C. It was going to be hot setting up camp, but before we could do that we had a small problem – we had forgotten to bring the keys for the trailer.
After breaking into the trailer we discovered we had also forgotten the chopping board, dish washing container, and the dish rack. The beer had been packed so nothing really to stress about.
It was very hot during the day and when it cooled down to about 45C, we headed out for a game drive. Not surprisingly most of the animals we saw were at the river. One herd of elephants were just lying in the water.
We found a great place to stop on the river bank where we could watch the largest herd of elephant we have ever seen. There must have been close on a 100 animals. Some were drinking, others spraying themselves with water, some having a mud bath and a few bulls fighting.
There were other elephant herds across the river, behind us and on the bank above us. It was just wall to wall elephants.
Massive herds of zebra and wildebeest came down to drink and kudu could be seen all over feeding on the vegetation in the river. It was a really amazing scene.
Unfortunately with no rain there was a lack of grazing which had taken a toll on the animals and we saw a lot of carcasses dotted over the park. These were, however, providing food for the vultures and Marabou Storks.
Driving along the roads above the river was quiet interesting as there are many areas that are thickly vegetated and often we came across elephants that were heading to or from the river at very close range and sometimes almost surrounded by them.
This dodging of elephants and looking intensely for them led us to drive past a pride of lions without seeing them – so we found out later.
Over the 2 days we were there we saw a lot of animals and birds. Plenty of elephants, even in camp, zebra, wildebeest, kudu’s and giraffe.
Another wonderful trip to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. We will be back.
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