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  1. Just found your trip report, seems like an amazing trip. Been to most of East and Southern Africa, but Congo seems way different. Must go there someday(if I win in the lottery ) Thank you for posting. I was just wondering, that since there still is hyenas in Congo, what happend to the lions? Poached out or something else?
  2. Can only point you in the same direction as Peter, also used 4x4community.co.za a lot. Just make a profile and start asking questions, that´s what I have done Also checkout slowdonkey.com ... A website from a couple who done what you wanna do
  3. I seen Sloth Bear, leopard, tiger and 17 rhinos in a 2 day visit in Chitwan. But that was way back in 2001. I also visited in feb. 2014, and this time I saw 21 rhinos, gaur and wild elephant but no tiger.I really like the park and The best part about Chitwan is that for 150 US$ you can rent a jeep for a whole day and you hardly see any other cars in the park. I would also love to visit Bardia National Park, very remote and even though tiger numbers are less than Chitwan you chances to see a tiger is very good cause Bardua is not too dense. All the guides said that the best time to visit Chitwan was march, very hot so the animals concentrate near the waterholes.
  4. Just wanna share our selfdrive-trip to Botswana. We will rent a Toyota Hilux Bushcamper. It will be the third and fourth time that my sons aged 7 and 12 will be going to Africa, but it will be the first time that we will do a lot of camping in unfenced campsites. So very thrilled and excited ☺️ Our itinerary was planned with help from Bushlore, they proved very helpful(like last time). We didn't get our favourites campsites, but they managed to get bookings in all the places we wanted to visit. I am really looking forward to CKGR and Savuti. 1 5-jul. Wateberg Wilderness Reserve Luxury Tents 2 6-jul. Serowe - Khama Rhino Sanctuary Campsite 3 7-jul. CKGR - Deception Pan - CKDEC06 Campsite 4 8-jul. CKGR - Deception Pan - CKDEC06 Campsite 5 9-jul. CKGR - Passarge Pan - CKPAS01 Campsite 6 10-jul. CKGR - Passarge Pan - CKPAS01 Campsite 7 11-jul. CKGR - Passarge Pan - CKPAS01 Campsite 8 12-jul. Makgadikgadi Pans - Khumaga - KK 1 Campsite 9 13-jul. Maun - Thamalkane River Lodge Family Chalet - B&B 10 14-jul. Maun - Thamalkane River Lodge Family Chalet - B&B Air Shakawe 1 Hour Scenic Flight over the delta 11 15-jul. Moremi - Third Bridge - MT 3 Campsite 12 16-jul. Moremi - Third Bridge - MT 3 Campsite 13 17-jul. Moremi - Third Bridge - MT 5 Campsite 14 18-jul. Moremi - Third Bridge - MT 5 Campsite 15 19-jul. Khwai - Dijara Campsite 16 20-jul. Khwai - Dijara Campsite 17 21-jul. Chobe National Park - Savuti Camp - RSV 4 Campsite 18 22-jul. Chobe National Park - Savuti Camp - RSV 4 Campsite 19 23-jul. Chobe National Park - Savuti Camp - RSV 4 Campsite 20 24-jul. Chobe National Park - Savuti Camp - RSV 4 Campsite 21 25-jul. Kasane - Senyati Safari Lodge Campsite - 22 26-jul. Kasane - Senyati Safari Lodge Campsite - 23 27-jul. Kasane - Senyati Safari Lodge Campsite 24 28-jul. Nata - Nata Lodge Campsite - 25 29-jul. ? 26 30-jul fly Home from Johannesburg Can't wait
  5. I dont know if you are camping, but if you are you could try Rooiputs or Polentswa on the botswana side. It is still very near the South African side, so you can still use some of the facilities in either Twee Riveren or Nossob. If that's not possible I would add an extra Night at Mata Mata and Nossob. From my only visit I like Mata Mata best. You have a waterhole just outside camp which attract a lot of game... You will have a great time, kgalagadi is amazing(and so are Kruger )..
  6. Been to Etosha twice. You wanna stay inside. The Waterholes at Okaukuejo and Halali are amazing. We have seen the big Five at these 2. Namutoni are ok, but the 2 others are much better. The restaurants are ok, but not like a private lodge, but if dont expect 5-Star cuisine I think you will find the food allright.
  7. Thanks for the advice, I actually thought they were the same campsite og dejligt at møde en anden dansker på siden
  8. In july 2016 that we will be doing this trip. (If we can get all our We will rent a 4x4 bushcamper/ or roof tents, We are a family of 4 with 2 kids aged 7 and 12 at the time of the travel. First we were thinking about either Zimbabwe or Zambia, but we decided that we would like to see a Botswana once more. We were also in Botswana in 2011, but only at the Chobe Riverfont and 1 night in Moremi, so we really want to see the rest of Chobe. The trip will start in Johannesburg, since it is much cheaper. If we wanted to fly to Kasane/ or Maun it would cost us around 1500US$ more. It goes something like this. 1 Waterberg Wilderness Reserve Luxury Tents - Self catering 2 Serowe - Khama Rhino Sanctuary Campsite - Self-catering 3 CKGR - Sunday Pan Campsite - Self-catering 4 CKGR - Passarge Pan Campsite - Self-catering 5 CKGR - Deception Pan Campsite - Self-catering 6 Makgadikgadi Pans - Khumaga Campsite - Self-catering 7 Maun - Thamalkane River Lodge Family Chalet - B&B Air Shakawe 1 Hour Scenic Flight over the delta 8 Moremi - Third Bridge Campsite - Self-catering 9 Moremi - Third Bridge Campsite - Self-catering 10 Moremi - Third Bridge Campsite - Self-catering 11 Moremi - Third Bridge Campsite - Self-catering 12 Moremi - Khwai Northgate Campsite - Self-catering 13 Chobe National Park - Savuti Camp Campsite - Self-catering 14 Chobe National Park - Savuti Camp Campsite - Self-catering 15 Chobe National Park - Savuti Camp Campsite - Self-catering 16 Chobe National Park - Savuti Camp Campsite - Self-catering 17 Chobe National Park - Ihaha Camp Campsite - Self-catering 18 Chobe National Park - Ihaha Camp Campsite - Self-catering 19 Chobe National Park - Ihaha Camp Campsite - Self-catering 20 Nata - Nata Lodge Campsite - Self-catering My main concern is how bad the roads are gonna be in Moremi and Savuti in july. It will be dry, which I guess means a lot of sand, but how deep? And what about river/water crossing? That is probably my worst fear ( I think I seen to many youtube-videos ) I included 4 nights at Third Bridge,but other campsites seems great too, like Xakanaxa(sorry for the spelling), Kwai Northgate(heard complains about noise fra nearby village) and Dijara Campsite. Are they any better or should we just stay at Third Bridge? Any inputs or thoughts would be highly appriciated
  9. Having travelled with a 2 and 7 year old in Botswana/ Namibia you really need a something like an Ipad, DVD-player or Nintendo!! And try to make it a game to count the different animals, anything that keeps her occupied And just accept that when you finally see the lions, cheetahs or wild dogs she might not think it is that fascinating!!
  10. Thanks for the inputs, I will check all the suggestions further, I just with I had 3 months instead of 3 weeks, so many places
  11. I am planning a selfdrive trip in july 2016. I will be travelling with my wife and 2 boys, aged 6 and 10 now. We have selfdrive 4 times before, also with the kids. We did 5 weeks in Namibia/Botswana in 2011 and 6 weeks in South Africa this year. We really liked it, but since the boys are getting older we would like to do more of the wilderness camping, like staying in unfenced campsites. We did this a few times on each trip and I think it really gives the camping experience a new dimension We would propably start in Johannesburg (we used Bushlore last time and they were good) rent a 4x4 with camping equipment and just go from there. I was thinking about either Botswana, Zambia (will fly to Lusaka instead) or Zimbabwe. In Botswana I was thinking of the usual suspects Moremi, Chobe, Savuti ( the problem with this is elephants, we had some close Falls over the years in Namibia, Tanzania,Nepal and Thailand, so my wife is a little bit reluctant about this itinerary, she seems to be a magnet for crazy elephants ). Another option could be Central Kalahari and Kgalagadi(I guess that would be pretty cold in july). A complete different would be Zimbabwe, maybe drive to Kruger, then cross into Zim and up to Hwange and Mana Pools, but I guess that will include some long drives. And again another option would be Zambia, It is the only place in Southern Africa we haven't been to, but I am unsure if it is a good selfdrive country( even if people do it). I think i am leaning towards the Botswana option, but I am really having a hard time trying to figure it out. Any input or thought would be great
  12. Photo taken near Chobe Riverfront in late july 2011.
  13. Thanks for the comments treepol and tonyQ. @@TonyQ Thanks for the comments.Nepal has a lot to offer, but Chitwan is my favourite, so next time go ! But maybe you have been to Bardia National Park? @@Treepol, most of the wildlife guides I seen about India Wildlife always include a chapter on Nepal. And Chitwan is only a few kilometers away from the India border. Before I continue I have some info about Chitwan I think is important. Chitwan have only had 2 poaching incidents the last 4 years. Both times it was rhinos, and the last one was actually killed in the bufferzone. No tigers have been poached in 6 years. That is pretty amazing since Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. The reason why it is so difficult for poachers to succeed is that in Chitwan there are 53 military camps. If you wanted the same system in Kruger you would need around 1000 camps!! When you drive through the park, you have to go through some checkpoints. Normally they are located 5-7 km from each other. No pictures from the camp, not allowed. Chitwan in the morning. You can get an idea how difficult it could be to spot the wildlife. As I wrote in the beginning there is a small number of wild elephants in the park. Normally it is bull elephants that cross in from India in search of cows. Just on the border to Chitwan the Nepalese government have an elephant breeding center. There are around 15 cows. But they have no bulls, but the wild bulls sometimes find the way to the center. The only problem is that the bulls are very dangerous. They have had a lot of problems with the villages around Chitwan and over the years killed a lot of people. The two most infamous tuskers being Dhurpe (which have killed at least 15 people and is named after a soldier he killed) and Ronaldo, only killed 4, and named Ronaldo because he is fast. Dhurpe went on a killer streak in December 2012 where he killed 3 people form the surrounding villages. The Nepalese Army tried to kill him (they reportedly wounded him with machineguns), but he disappeared into India. No one have seen him for over a year. We heard all the stories from the guides, but didn´t think too much about it. 8/2 2014 We again went on a full day jeep ride. We really wanted to see if we could see a tiger(or a sloth bear). This we brought along our favourite guide Ishwor. He was very friendly and had a lot of knowledge. He was also great with the kids. He had himself been injured form a sloth bear. It almost killed him, but he survived and was back guiding. The first couple of hours we saw 2 gaurs close by (didn´t get any pictures) one of them actually mock charged the car before it disappeared into the elephant grass. We also saw a lot of deers and one rhino. Some of the military camps in the park use domestic elephants for patrolling the park. When we approached one of the camps it was peaceful. There were some domestic elephants grazing around the camp, Ishwor then suddenly screamed “wild elephant, wild elephant!!” and from the elephant grass a big bull elephant emerged and he came charging towards us. Our driver JP raced the 100 m. to the camp and where we jumped out and ran into the camp. The camp was surround by barbwire and a big trench. Around us there was complete chaos, the military personnel which were outside the camp where running for their lives, others were getting the guns. Luckily the bull elephant stopped near a cow, the cow was tied near the camp. He really wanted her to follow him into the jungle, she really tried to get free, but to no use. All the elephants made a lot of noise. One of the soldiers then told me ” that bull elephant is the most dangerous is Asia, he is called Dhurpe and he killed at least 15 people, the last one 3 days ago in a nearby village”. They were sure it was him, because he had been tranquilized, where they cut his tusks. For the first time in my life, I just wanted to stop looking for animals and just get out of the park alive! There were some problems with that. Dhurpe hated cars and would normally charge them. So if we just tried to go back the way we came from he would probably charge. We didn´t feel for at race with a crazy elephant. He then disappeared into the jungle and we agreed to carry on with our jeep ride. The main problem with that was that we would need to go back the same way. For next 5 hours I didn´t really think about the chances to see a tiger, leopard or bear, but all I could think about was the crazy elephant waiting for us in the elephant grass. I tried to convince myself that he of course had disappeared(I told my oldest son this). We arrived at the military camp, from the distance it seem peaceful, but when we came closer we again were told to get out of the jeep and get into the camp. 20 minutes after we left the camp, he came back and he stayed there since. All the big guys from the national park had arrived including the national park vet. They were about to tranquilize him. They would then cut his tusks and put a radiocollar on him. We were not allowed to see this and were told to get behind a house. We heard the shot, and saw “Dhurpe” running into the jungle. The vet then waited 5 minutes and then they went after him on the domestic elephants. 5 elephants with 3-4 military personnel on each. We waited further 20 minutes and then we continued. Dhurpe with the domestic cow. We were rewarded with a close encounter with another rhino, but mostly we were just all happy to get out of the camp. When we came out and our guides told the locals about “Dhurpe”, they first didn´t believe them, but when they saw the pictures they were convinced. Some wildlife from the ride Some afterthoughts, I been charged by elephants in Damaraland, Ruaha, Hwange, but I have never been so afraid as this time, what made it even more scary was that our guides also were very afraid. And it doesn´t help that I brought along my kids. In most other countries he would probably just be shot (like Kruger), but the Nepalese wouldn´t do this. The problem was that he was in a national park, so if they shot him inside the park, a lot of NGO´s would withdraw their (financial) support. They couldn´t risk that. They later told us that he went back to India, but I realized that India was only 10 km. away.
  14. I been a regular guest at safaritalk for some years now and really enjoyed it. Especially the trip reports are a standout, so I thought I thought I would try to do one. I have to say that English is my second language, so there might be some “strange words “and some wrong grammar, but I will try my best. I know that Nepal isn´t India, but the fauna is pretty much the same, so I included it in the Indian forum. Hope it is alright. In 2001 I enjoyed my first safari, not in Africa, but in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Back then we (me and my girlfriend, which later became my wife) were extremely lucky and saw tiger, sloth bear, leopard and 32 rhinos in 3 days. This was the start of my obsession with the natural world. 13 years later we were back in Nepal. This time it was a family trip. We brought along our 2 sons aged 10 and 5. Our visit in Nepal was part of a 4 months leave trip(we visited Dubai, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Singapore and South Africa) and in total we were 25 days in Nepal. We arrived in February 2014 after we visited Thailand and Cambodia. Of the 25 days we spend 11 days in and around Chitwan National Park. The Nepalese government closed all the camps inside the national park in 2013, so the only option was to stay outside the park. Last time we stayed in a small village Sauhara. From this town it is possible to arrange all your activities such as canoe rides, elephant safaris, jungle walks and jeep drives. Even though Sauhara has grown a lot since our last visit it was still a nice and quiet town. It lies on the banks of the Rapti River. The Rapti River is the border for the National Park, so from the town you have a good view of the national park. The national park is unfenced, so the wildlife sometimes wander into the town. Especially the rhinos. Chitwan National Park covers 932 km2 and together with its buffer zones around 2000 km2. Most of the national consist of sal forest around 70%, and the rest is savanna and grassland. The main problem with the game viewing in Chitwan is elephantgrass, it grows up to 8 m. high! The local tharu people start cutting and burning the grass in January, but when we arrived it was still very high and close. Sometimes it was just like driving through a tunnel. (so when people complain that the grass is too high in Kruger, they should try Chitwan ) Chitwan is most famous for being a stronghold for the indian rhino(also called the greater one-horned). The parks holds around 500 rhinos. Around 120 tigers and also healthy populations of sloth bears, leopards, 4 species of deer,2 species of crocs, gaur and a small number of wild elephants. The first activities we booked was an elephant safari and canoe ride. It was cheap, just around 50 US$ for all of us. But as usual, you get what you pay for! The safaris were conducted in the bufferzone, this way it was cheaper. We knew this, but when 100 chinese tourist also arrived near the starting point for the canoe ride I knew it would turn out bad. First we avoided a large group, so we ended up with just the 4 of us and 4 Chinese. The canoe ride could have been fantastic; we did see rhesus monkeys, mugger crocs, chital and lots of birds. But most of the ride was ruined by one of the Chinese. He talked all the time, smoked, answered his cell phone when it ranged, couldn´t leave my youngest son alone (think he tried being funny), couldn´t sit still in the canoe, so it almost tip over more the once and was just plain disrespectful towards our guide. We and the guide told him more than once to be quiet, but he never got the the message. The elephant ride was a bit better, but being surround by around 20 elephants with loud screaming Chinese tourist wasn´t a highlight. And we only saw a few deers. It turned out that most of the Chinese (and all other) tourist are on a package deal, that is very cheap because most of the activities are conducted in the bufferzones. So if you paid for safaris into the national park, you probably would avoid most of the other tourist. The next day we booked a full day jeep safari into the park. It was again pretty cheap, around 150 US$ for the whole day. And it included a driver and a guide. And the best thing was that only 3 jeeps were allowed on a full day game drive. Most were going on the half day trip, but not big numbers. Only around 10 other cars. That meant that we had almost the entire park to ourselves. Pretty nice! 3.02.2014 We went into the park, had a fabulous day and some good sightings. Didn´t see a tiger this time, but saw 4 rhinos, hundreds of chital, sambar, rhesus monkey, common langur, boar, mugger crocodile and a big group of gaur in the distance. I wish a could post a lot of awesome pictures, but I only use a canon 500 with a Tamron lens 70-300 mm. But at least you can see wish kind of animals we saw. We also visited the gharial breeding center. Very impressive and we saw some really big ones, around 5 meters. Pretty amazing since they only feed on fish. A local guide later told us, that the gharials that were captive breed weren´t ready for the monsoon so most of them would be flushed all the way to India. The following days we went on a jungle walk. The jungle walks are like a walking safari in Africa, the big difference is that the guides are not allowed to bring any weapons with them. They guides receive training and are licensed from the government. They are only allowed a big stick which they use against the animals. But in a park with so many dangerous animals accident sometimes happens. One of our best guides were attacked but a sloth bear in 2012 and spent 6 weeks in hospital. He couldn´t run anymore, so I trusted him. We also did a jungle walk with our 2 kids, but in an area which they never saw dangerous animals. They guides told us, that they also use this area for Chinese tourist, because they couldn´t control them. The chinese were loud and didn´t listen to the guide. So they had a Chinese Route! Nice walk and great for the kids not being stocked in a car for a full day. The following day I went on a jungle walk, I got a company by another Danish guy. He was the first dane I meet in over a month. A really nice walk. The guides where really professional and friendly. Most of them have worked as guides for years, so they know the local wildlife. The highlight of the walk was seeing a group of 5 rhinos. Never seen so many together. Also saw tiger tracks and loads of deer. The guide was sure that the tiger was close and was probably watching us. Did also see 2 hornbills, pretty nice. I will return later with the last bit of my trip report, this time with Dhurpe(try google the name and killer elephant)
  15. I stayed in Brandberg White Lady Lodge during a 5-week self drive trip to Namibia and Botswana in 2011. They get mixed reviews on tripadvisor, but the bad ones are mainly from people staying at the lodge. The campsite is fantastic, you camp near the riverbed and the surrounding area is beautiful. You also have a beautiful view of brandberg in the distance. There is around 55 elephants located in the Ugab Riverbed, we didn't see any, but we only went on one gamedrive with the lodge. We had one elephant moving through the campsite, but somehow we managed to miss it .There were a lot of South African who went up the riverbed in their own 4x4 and they saw elephants. At that time I didn't trust my 4x4 skills (and I brought my 2 kids aged 2 and 7 with me, and my wife is very very afraid of elephants), so we just went on small hikes around the area. But nice area and very cheap, you only pay for camping.

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