This was not a trip that we are customary to – no camping and rushing around the country.
With my two sisters, Bridgette and Helen, popping into Botswana, I wanted to give them a feel for what we have experienced. Unfortunately they didn’t have much time available and they are not campers.
So the plan was 2 nights in Letlhakane, so I could take them to Lekhubu Island on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Then 1 night (yes only 1 night) at Elephant Sands and 2 nights (yes only 2 nights) in Kasane/Chobe National Park. Plus no camping.
What made things worse is that owing to Sydney’s air control not working, Bridgette was re-allocated to a different flight, which meant she missed her connecting flight from South Africa to Botswana. So she was stuck in Johannesburg for 2 nights.
So the trip really only started with Elephant Sands.
We arrived reasonably early and were disappointed that there were no elephants already drinking there.
As the waterhole here is the only fresh water for miles and miles – the rest being very salty – there is generally a constant flow of elephants throughout the day and night during the dry season.
Roughly mid afternoon the elephants started to come and we were treated to plenty of elephants of all shapes and sizes.
The day finished with a stunning sunset.
It was up early the following day to rush up to Kasane – the gateway to the Chobe National Park.
Amazing sightings in Chobe National Park to follow in part 2