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Africa 2007 Itinerary - Botswana

Ghanzi — Friday January 26

  We left the CGE house and arrived at the Botswana border around midday. We arrived in Ghanzi and explored a museum about the Bushmen people.

In the afternoon we changed to 4x4 vehicles and traveled 3 hours into the Kalahari Desert.

Once we got to Grassland Safaris campsite, a group of Bushmen showed us a traditional dance.

Grassland Safari — Saturday January 27 

  In the morning, our Bushman guides showed us how they live in the desert.

After lunch we played traditional games with our Bushman guides.

Our guide, Paul, spoke to us about his experiences with the Bushmen.

Kalahari Desert — Sunday January 28 

  We left the campsite after seeing lions and traveled through an exclusive Kalahari Wilderness area in our 4x4 vehicles.

We passed through some San villages. On the way to our wilderness campsite we saw oryx, ostrich, a cory bustard, grouse, red haartbeest, mongeese, etc.

Kalahari Desert — Monday January 29 

  We traveled to Moremi Game Reserve in Okavango Delta. We camped in a wilderness area of Moremi.

In the afternoon, we stopped off in Maun to restock supplies.

In the evening, after we set up camp, we went on a game drive.

Moremi Game Reserve — Tuesday January 30

  We remained in Moremi Game Reserve for the day. In the early morning and late afternoon, we went on game drives. We saw buffalo, impala, hippos, baboons, elephants, egrets, ostrich, crocodiles, zebra, giraffe, jackals, a python, etc.

In the afternoon we had classtime in camp.

Chobe National Park — Wednesday January 31 

    We went to Chobe National Park, specifically the Savuti area. We went on a game drive en route along the Kwai River and through the dry Savuti Marsh.

In the evening, we explored Savuti. We had classtime in the afternoon. Despite the fact that we diligent students were trying to read, elephants insisted on wandering through the campsite.

Savuti — Thursday February 1 

  We remained in the Savuti area.

We went on early morning and evening game drives and visit the waterholes in Savuti area.

Lauren Ferguson spoke about the fall of Apartheid and the effect of African Nationalism.

Kartikeya Singh presented on the politics and policies of big game conservation in Southern Africa.

Chobe National Park — Friday February 2 

  We traveled to the Chobe River Front at Kasane and stayed in a lodge.

At sunset, we went on a sunset boat cruise on Chobe River.

Elephant Sands — Saturday February 3 

  We went on an early morning game drive before leaving for Elephant Sands campsite in Nata and stay in Elephant Sands campsite just north of Nata.

We had a bushwalk in the evening and a student presentation by Katie Tipton. Katie spoke about the Black Consciousness Movement.

On the way, a trailer holding tents tipped over. So, we had to stop and collect the bags. Things don't always go as planned in the bush.

Limpopo River — Sunday February 4 

  We traveled to Kwa Nokeng on the South African river, and stayed in a campsite on edge of Limpopo River. We went via Nata, Francistown, and Palapye to Martin's Drift.

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