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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Beware the Zebrasaurus!

Never wear a straw hat on safari!
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Air Botswana needs to clean up its act!

By the Editor - Mmegi Online

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Just last Friday, an Air Botswana flight had complications as it was preparing to land at South Africa's OR Tambo International Airport.

According to reports, the flight was descending when it experienced failure in the engine.  The engine lost power and its supply was erratic, hence the Captain made a decision to switch the engine off altogether and land the plane using one engine. Air Botswana, unsurprisingly, has sought to downplay this episode. The plane, we are told, made a return journey back to Gaborone the same day without much trouble after a team of engineers had attended to it.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Meet the Elephants of Abu Camp

Abu Camp offers a rare African experience that showcases the magnificent wildlife and landscape of the Okavango Delta; a safari that will transform your perceptions of elephants, wilderness, and life itself.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bank of Botswana issues warning over counterfeit notes

Botswana 200 Pula
Author: Central Banking Newsdesk
Source: Central Banking | 13 Aug 2012

The Bank of Botswana on August 9 released a statement alerting the public to the existence of some poor-quality counterfeit banknotes in circulation in the country.

The central bank said the fakes were photocopies of a genuine 200 pula note, carrying the serial number AB3139104.

In an effort to make the currency seem more realistic, a "silver coloured substance" has been applied to the note in place of the holographic stripe. However, the state-of-the-art windowed security thread appears only as black patches on the back of the counterfeit, the central bank said.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lions Eat Elephant Alive (Video)

This video of a young elephant calf being eaten alive by lions was filmed in Botswana. Lions do not usually prey on elephants, but an extreme drought had forced this pride to take on nature's giants. The young calf had strayed too far from the rest of its herd, giving the lions the perfect opportunity to attack.

The scenes portrayed in this video may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

How to catch a Tokoloshe

Written by Olopeng Rabasimane

As to how I survived still remains a mystery to be solved; but thanks to my feet, I survived. In fact, the incident taught me two things I did not know before about myself; firstly that I am the fastest man in the world (when scared) and secondly that I am serious coward. If you have been living under the illusion that the likes of Usain Bolt and these other famous sprinters are the fastest men in the world; you stand to be corrected. Well, I hate to say this; they have fame but I have the pace. All I can tell you is that the speed I was moving with when running out of that house was more than world record smashing; I was literally flying. I still cannot figure out how I managed to jump over those several fences.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gemsbok (Oryx) almost drowns on Skeleton Coast

Gemsbok or gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is a large antelope in the Oryx genus.
The series of photographs presented in this posting were taken by Louis and Ciske Kruger from Kuilsrivier, while on a recent tour through the Skeleton Coast National Park in northwest Namibia. Ciske mentioned that they saw many gemsbuck along the route and that they did not appear apprehensive at all. However, at one stage of the trip, as their convoy of eight vehicles rounded a summit, they may have possibly startled three gemsbuck. Two of them ran towards the dunes, while one headed for the waves. The pics tell the story…

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