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Botswana

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Botswana another safariland. Magnificent habitat and home for many animals. The biggest stretch of sand, the Kalahari, is here.
 

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For 40 DM we are transported across the Zambesi with two other passenger cars and a truck. Quite a considerable amount of money for a ride that lasts only three minutes.  The big rigs are standing in a long line. When asked how long they must wait there is a shrug of shoulders with the answer three maybe four days.  Most of them have a South African plate and are packed full. At the wheels are mostly black Africans.  There is only room for one of these rigs per ferry ride. It is easy to see the Zambesi and the Falls from Victoriafalls.  550,000m3 of water thunder into the depths per minute.  Livingston, who discovered the falls, named them thundering smoke.  At the time he was here with only his helpers.  Now the area is a main tourist attraction marketed to the last degree.  However, Livingston, on the 16th of November 1855, was the first white man to arrive at the biggest waterfalls.  With an expanse of 1,5km wide and a depth of 100m the Zambesi thunders into the depths.  The part of the water that was tapped
 

 

 

into for electrical generation hardly makes a difference.  The Iguacu Falls although wider at 2.5km are only 70m deep.  A German speaking Namibian informs us that at 15hours today there is another convoy that is going through the Capristrip.  We could make this and then we also would save time. In Botswana we are again asked for money. A further 40 rand to insure our car.  Then we become nervous about the drum we acquired in Sambia.  One is not allowed to import furs and the drum is spanned with fur. We are technically not allowed to bring it into Botswana.  As well as we could we cover the piece with cloth and hope that the inspector finds our kitchen of more interest.  Before Kasane we have to go through disinfecting.  In a dish with a soaked rag each traveler must step onto the disinfecting solution.  With light grins on our faces we also follow this procedure and must then direct our Landrover through the brown broth.  The drum remains undiscovered.  We exchange money and fill our tanks since diesel is cheaper here than in Namibia. 207liters of diesel for 85$ plus 40 rand in insurance - that should last us for a while.  We then drive through Chobe Park onto the transitstrip and although it is the hottest at high noon we see two giraffes munching on the new shoots of an acacia.  The Chobe River has floodwaters and many trees stand in the water.  Botswana has a size of 582,000km2 and a population of 1,373,000.  The entrance fees to the game parks are quite high.  However the rich diversity of animals and the scenic beauty make it worthwhile.  Botswana, with Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland, belongs to the South African Union. It is a quick 60km to Ngoma and the border to Namibia, so just as quickly we leave Botswana and enter Namibia.
 
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