Friday, 5 February 2016

African safari wear and gear, (part one, hats)

African safari wear and gear, (part one, hats)

Early explorers to africa wore hats just about every second, of every day as long as they walked upon the dusty continent of Africa, they even believed that the rays of the African sun could scorch them through the roof's of there houses, so felt hats were worn even indoors!

Of course we know now, that there is no real need to wear a hat indoors today, however if you are planning or packing for an African safari, a hat is a necessity!

What to look for in a safari hat?

1. Choose a hat that you are comfortable with yet provides good coverage of your ears and neck!

2. Look for a hat that will travel well, unfortunately we don't still live in the age of hat boxs! Yeah try take a hat box on a plane!! So look for a soft hat,

3. Blend in, try choose a neutral, natural colour, Africa is not the ski slope's of Switzerland,

So there you have it all you need to know on choosing your safari hat, i also did have a snoop about on amazon and here are the top three i found,
                       

Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Okavango delta Chiefs island

The Okavango delta Chiefs island


Chief’s Island 19°25'24.9"S 23°08'20.0"E


Chief’s Island, is the largest island in the okavango delta, it is formed by a fault line which has raised up an area of about 70 km by 15 km wide in the south western area of the okavango flood plains.

Way back when, in times long past it was reserved as an exclusive hunting area for the chiefs, hence its name "Chief’s island" today it ironically now provides the core area for much of the resident wildlife when the flood waters rise up. Chief’s island is part of the moremi game reserve, and is also home to a few of the over 30 luxury lodges and camps that are spread across the okavango delta


Chief’s island 

The only way that one can officially get to stay on Chief’s island is by booking a stay at one of the few luxury camps that are situated on the island, although this is not budget travel it is worth every penny spent,there are not many places left that are still as wild as they were two hundred years ago, you will have the opportunity to see all the big five as well as tons of truly amazing wildlife in there natural habitat, you will not see fences! 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

How to track a Lion

How to track a lion
First of all before we get to excited unless you track lions for a living DON'T EVER TRACK LIONS ON FOOT 
Ok now we have that out the way,
First,
Is size apart from a large male leopard there are not many other cats in Africa that in size come even close to that of a lion,
Second 
Dogs and I think bears not sure about bears but dogs for sure only have two lobes on the heel, however lions and cats have three as the picture below shows.
Third
Lions and cats dont have claw marks showing in there prints ,this is because unlike dogs cats have retractable claws, that only come out for hunting.


And this is what a lion looks like before he charges.


Treat wild animals with respect, infact treat all animals with respect. Don't pull legs of grasshoppers 

Monday, 3 June 2013

The Best fresh meat in Maun

Botswana Beef is some of the most delicious on this continent if not the best.
And so when you drive into maun make sure you don't leave with tasting it.
so here is a brief rundown on where you can buy a good steak in maun.

On top of the list:

1 BEEF BOYS.
as their name suggests this is deli that knows what they doing and you can get any cut of beef here and if they don't have it they can get it.
Price wise: expect to pay a bit more per kg however there quality makes it worth it!
You can find their shop just past markas fuel station on the opposite side of the road.

2 MAUN MEAT DELI
The best biltong you will find in maun and the most beautiful chicken kebabs wrapped in bacon, a nice friendly shop.
Price wise: fair
You can find their shop at the Rileys Garage complex.

3 SPAR x 2 AND SHOPRITE
both the spars and shoprite have good beef.
spar has a really good block man and so you can get some great cuts.
shoprite has good clean meat but sadly they are not consistent some days you will find some nice cuts other days you will just find packs of mince meat.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Wintering in Maun

June, the start of winter here in Maun Botswana and we dig out our winter clothes and drink endless cups of coffee:-) however altho winter is here the vast majority  of the trees still have green leaves however the grass is pretty much gone having died, been eaten by animals or just plain blown away. in August/September the trees will lose their leaves and it will get really windy and hazy and we can look forward to those hazy washed out sunsets.Another aspect of winter here in the delta are the bushfires, large fires are already burning their way through the beautiful swamp lands of the okavango leaving bare black scars across the landscape. Most of these fires are started by sustanices hunters, who hunt on the animals that return a few weeks after the fires have burnt out to graze on the fresh tender shoots that sprout as a result of the burning.
so if you visiting soon well enjoy your stay and dress warm!  

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Kubu Island Botswana


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There are few destinations that are as way off the beating track as Kubu Island. Way out on the brink of the vast Makgadadikgadi salt Pans there lies this mysterious granite Island full of giant boulders and ancient weirdly twisted gnarled Baobab trees and the traces of a civilization of people that have long since vanished. Kubu Island is truly an island in the middle of nowhere. As the vast pans that surround it on just about all points of the compass stretch way out, as far as the eye can see and way beyond the limits of the horizons. If you love photography this is of course a must visit place. And then because the pans are so flat the sunsets and sunrises are absolutely out of this world.
However here are just a few points to remember when traveling out to Kubu Island
1 There is nothing out there which means you will need water, food, petrol, and any thing else you may need.
2 Kubu island is a community trust so you will have to book if you are going to camp.
3 The toilets, Rest rooms or whatever you call them are not great at Kubu in fact there is just one smelly hot orange porterloo per camp site.  There are no showers as there is no water. So you will need more water for that.  
4 Although Kubu Island is an amazing place photographically and you can even find bits of broken earth pots and little beads that were left there by the lost civilizations of who knows who. It’s also not very big and there is lots of nothingness out there. So don’t plan on staying there for more then three days unless you like nothingness.


Monday, 31 December 2012

Where is Mozambique?



Q- Where Is Mozambique?

A- Mozambique is a country on the east coast of Africa (That is The indian Ocean) with South Africa and Swaziland on it southern side and Malawi up on is northern side. and as you can see on the Map below Madagascar is just across the Mozambique Channel. 


The people 

The people of Mozambique are very hard working and industrious yet sadly very poor as there country went through a terrible civil war however the country is recovering.

The Food

 The food like the language is portuguese. With a lot of sea food  cashew nuts and coconuts and plenty of tropical fruits.