Following our successful
expedition to Namibia in 2004 - a country famous
for its stark beauty and captivating scenery - students
and staff alike were eager to return.
Our journey started in Windhoek where hire vehicles
were waiting for us and once packed up we drove to the
Plateau Park, an impressive sandstone plateau ~
the porous nature of which allows many natural springs
to rise up and accounts for the lush vegetation which
characterises the area. The plateau summit is home to
many rare species including black and white rhino, leopard
and roan antelope. There are also breeding programmes
for these endangered species. Here we spent one night
camping at Bernabe de la Bat Rest Camp, before embarking
on a ‘wilderness trail’ the following afternoon.
Having set up camp on the plateau summit,
the following three days were spent on guided game walks
where, with the help of local guides, we had the opportunity
to visit some of the hides and track animals such as
white rhino. The intention of this time was to experience
isolation and become close to the wild. We only had
basic facilities and needed to take all our provisions
Next we travelled to the Etosha
National Park. The first two nights of our stay
were at Okuakuejo and our final night at Namutoni. Etosha’s
rest camps offered excellent game viewing opportunities
as they are located inside the borders of the Park and
have a floodlit waterhole attracting a great variety
of wildlife from dawn to dusk. The Park is dominated
by the vast Etosha salt plan. Many water holes exist
around the edges of the pan and they are joined by a
network of well maintained gravel roads. The plan was
that we would take game drives as soon as the gates
opened and again in the afternoon to give us the best
chance of seeing the cats. Species present in the Park
include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe
and zebra, in addition to many antelope and bird species.
Black rhino are almost guaranteed at night at the Okaukuejo
Before leaving the delights of Namibia
we drove to Popa
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Leaving Namibia behind we then found
ourselves, once again, facing yet another long drive
as we travelled along the western side of the Okavango
Delta to Maun (Botswana’s tourist capital). We
spent one night camping just outside Maun.
Lying immediately to the north of South
Africa, Botswana offers wildlife as diverse and abundant
as that found anywhere else. Many areas are still largely
undeveloped and untamed.
Our second night was spent bush camping
on the edge of the Okavango
Delta exploring the area on foot or by mokorrow
(a dugout canoe) with local guides. This mode of transport
was very much dependent on water levels. While these
wetlands are home to relatively few large game animals
(elephant and antelope), the clear waters and the myriad
of small islands are home to an astounding number of
birds, plants and smaller species of animal. After a
final morning in the Okavango region we returned to
Maun, where a further night was spent camping just outside
Next up was a two night stay near to
the Chobe River. Our itinerary included a visit to the
National Park and an afternoon ‘sun downer’
boat trip, where we got the opportunity to see hippo,
crocodile and a wide variety of birds at close quarters.
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Having passed the halfway stage of
our expedition we crossed the border into Zambia, via
the Kazungula Ferry. Blessed with 17 waterfalls, including
the spectacular Victoria Falls, Zambia promised days
filled with adventure and scenic beauty.
It was a short journey to
Livingstone, where we established camp at
Liyoyelo Farm. The farm, situated in 105 acres and
fronting the banks of the Zambezi, was our base during
the 10 day project phase of our trip.
By the time we arrived the school building
was complete, but was an empty shell. Our job was to
paint and decorate the building, construct storage and
furniture and time permitting establish a garden. Our
aim was to turn the empty shell into a visually stimulating
and exciting place to learn.
The final two days of our expedition
provided the opportunity for us to undertake a number
of adventure activities which are to be found in the
area. These included visiting Victoria Falls, a game
drive in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, gorge swing, elephant
back safari, river boat trips, flights over the falls
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Jul 27-Aug 05
Depart London Heathrow
Arrive J’burg. Onward flight to Windhoek.
Establish camp at Waterberg Plateau Park.
Travel to Etosha National Park
Long drive to Popa Falls.
Travel to Maun in Botswana
Travel to edge of the Okavango Delta.
Return to Maun
Drive to Chobe River front.
Cross the border into Zambia.
Undertake community project.
Livingstone. Various activities.
Flt Livingstone to J’burg. Leave for Heathrow