Strathspey Wildlife
Africa 2007
"Botswana WIldlife Safari" (Explore Travel)
Botswana and Zambia.
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Saturday 5th May 2007


It's that time of the year again - and time for our latest African adventure, and our much-awaited trip into Botswana.To coincide with Explore Travel's itinerary, we shall today Day one, though as with previous African trips this for us,  was day three, having flown south from Inverness two days before. With an overnight stop at Heathrow's Premier Travel Inn - just 500 yds. from the terminal (and excellent it was too!!) we were at least prepared for the 5,644 mile flight to Johannesburg. Our South African Airways 747 left at 7.10 pm and 11 hours later we touched down at 7am local time. Having arrived at Johannesburg, we had a wait of  three hours before we boarded our Air Botswana AR424 to Maun, a flight of around an hour and a half.


On arrival, were met by our Explore Travel guide, Bibi and we had our first opportunity to meet eight of our fellow travellers, two of whom, Jacqui and her Mum Judy, also had a fair bit of travelling to do prior to flying out of Heathrow. They had flown in from Australia. Our two remaining travellers, Cedric and Trudie  were already in the country having flown in some days earlier from Canada. Following our initial introductions Bibi showed us to our safari vehicle, a specially adapted Toyota Land Cruiser, with 12 seats in the back, and removable sides and roof. He took us directly to the local currency exchange where we obtained sufficient Botswanan pula for our two week trip. We also collected our first supplies of drinking water. Bibi suggested 3 litres per person per day, which proved to be just about right - hereafter he always advised us of the quantities we would need before our next opportunity to re-stock.