This blog shares opinions, regional news, views and stories related to beautiful Botswana and some of its neighbouring countries. Special emphasis is given to tourism in Botswana and the amazing affordable vacation and safari packages that are currently on offer in the country. IT'S SO EASY... you should try it sometime!

Friday, June 29, 2012

WACS launch brings faster, cheaper internet to Botswana

Botswana and Namibia this week inaugurated their links to a 14,000 kilometre (8,700 mile) underground cable system that provides both countries with faster and cheaper internet connectivity.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Finger on the pulse of wetlands

Many wetlands are difficult to observe over a long period. The reason for this is that the volume of water they channel varies all the time. Scientists from the University of Würzburg are now proposing a new method that allows wetland dynamics to be measured for the first time.

Wetlands like the Okavango Delta in southern Africa play an important role ecologically and economically. Not only do they provide a habitat for numerous species of animals and plants, they also have benefits for people. Often they are the only major water reservoir in an otherwise dry landscape. They also attract tourists and as such contribute to the livelihoods of local inhabitants.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Botswana / Caprivi Trip Vacancy: 3 to 12 August 2012

Four people have pulled out from a group planning a trip to Botswana and Caprivi from 3 to 12 August. Bring your own camping equipment. Availability is limited to 4 persons only. If you are interested call Frans Kruger from Polokwane on 0832689733. The proceeds will go towards the support of a children's home in Polokwane. Cost is R4000.00 per person, which includes evening meals.

This notice was sourced from the forum of

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Airlink now offering direct flights Johannesburg / Maun, Botswana

SAA Airlink has commenced daily direct flights to and from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana, as of 15 June 2012.

Flights will operate daily on ERJ 135 (a 37 seater). Flights will depart OR Tambo at 11:45 am landing Maun 13:15 pm. Enough time to fly on to your chosen camp. Flights will depart MUB at 14:00 pm landing OR Tambo at 15:40 pm.

Departure times will facilitate seamless international and domestic connections. Great news for all those travelling to southern Africa’s safari mecca – Botswana!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Spotlight on the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a huge and unique inland river delta. The Okavango River flows into a low-lying and very flat area which has gradually silted up with sand from the Kalahari Desert.  The Okavango River originates in Angola but it never reaches the sea. Due to the large, flat and shallow area it drains into it ends up being held far away from the ocean. Some of the water drains into the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans creating a home for thousands of flamingos but most of it evaporates. There are larger river deltas in Africa on the Nile and the Niger but they feed into the sea unlike the Okavango. This makes the Delta a totally unique place with awe-inspiring scenery unlike anywhere else on earth.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What is a Mokoro?

A mokoro (also spelt mekoro, makoro) is a type of canoe commonly used in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. It is propelled through the shallow waters of the delta by standing in the stern and pushing with a pole, in the same manner as punting.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nwezi Houseboat after renovations

By Adriaan Barnard

These photographs of the Ngwezi were taken about 11 months ago, soon after renovations were completed. The Ngwezi is currently moored at Shakawe near the top (northern part) of the Okavango Delta.

Click on the pic for a slightly larger view.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Namibia: Stop 'Bloodbath' Says International Community

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By Clemencia Jacobs, 1 June 2012

Promises of "strong retaliation" against Namibia if it does not stop the annual seal harvest have again been made by the international community. In a letter addressed to the local media as well as Ombudsman John Walters, hundreds of people say they will continue to promote "strong international boycott" against the country if the "bloodbath" does not stop.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Toyota Botswana Desert Race

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By Gerald Ferreira

The inclusion of the Toyota Kalahari Botswana1000 Desert Race, premier event on the ABSA Off Road Racing calendar and the biggest motor sport event in Southern Africa, in the inaugural Dakar Challenge means the marathon event will this year enjoy an even higher profile.

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