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Gaborone, Botswana

Escaping the capital

sunny 90 °F

We spent a few days with Vermz in Gaborone prior to his epic 60-hour journey back to SF and then headed out to a backpackers near the Mokolodi Reserve for some R&R. Gaborone was fun, they have a great minibus system and was a mixed bag of fancy malls and African souvenir stands.
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We spent an evening doubling down at the Palm Resort casino and got lucky on the roulette table. It was just another day in Africa when the dealer paid Vermz for his blackjack and then a second time (by mistake) for having a winning hand!

Although where we stayed by Mokolodi was super comfy and more like a resort than a backpackers, the Mokolodi Reserve was a bit of a bummer and we wouldn’t recommend anyone heading out there. The reserve advertises bike safaris and night drive safaris but don’t actually have any bikes, and don’t have any predators to see at night. So we just relaxed in our banda and used the time to plan the next phase of our trip.
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Camping Safari, Botswana

Chobe, Savuti, Moremi, Okavango Delta, and the Makgadikgadi Pans

sunny 85 °F

To summarize our safari briefly, it was AMAZING! We saw so many different animals each day that we couldn’t remember them all! Despite it being about two weeks into rainy season the weather was great, our guide, Max, was extremely knowledgeable as well as hilarious. We completed our spotting of the Big Five and more importantly learned about the Little Five! We met up with Max in Kasane and then took the jeep on game drives through the parks, camping along the way. Our route finished in Nata, and looked like this:


Sleeping in the wild was quite the experience. While setting up camp, we’d watch elephants walking by and then hear them at night in watering holes 300m from our tent that sounded like they were just outside. Max was an excellent tracker; we’d follow the fresh animal tracks from the night before to find game on the morning drive. We noticed a lot of people wearing ‘proper’ story book safari outfits (think Tin Tin comics and the guy with the dome hat), and asked Max if anyone came dressed in camo gear with camo face paint before. He said we were the first and probably the last :)
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The safari company also sent us an ex-chef (KB) who completely blew our expectations away with the quality of food he made. He would even bake us fresh bread on the camp fire!
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We spent New Year’s Eve in a small town called Maun… it made for quite a tough early morning New Year’s Day flight over the Okavango Delta.
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After Max dropped us off in Nata, we made our way to Francistown and Gaborone for a little Botswana city life. We put a few of our highlights of our trip with Verm together in a movie that is about 9 minutes long, but well worth the viewing! The safari footage starts at 3:30 into the video.

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