North meets South – Andrés comes to Africa – Olé!

Andrés from Spain had this to say about his recent 2BWild Safari:  (June 2016)

Route: BOTSWANA: Okavango Delta; ZIMBABWE and ZAMBIA: Vic falls; BOTSWANA: Senyati and Kubu Island.

Me so excited in the Vic falls!
Me so excited in the Vic falls!

Hi Viv!

The trip was greeeeeeeat, absolutely amazing. We really enjoyed all different places where we stayed. I am sending you here some pics. Are the ones from my iphone but still I really love them! I have plenty but i am sending you a small selection of some of my favourites!

We did the flight over the Okavango Delta. You can even see the elephant from there in the pic!
We did the flight over the Okavango Delta. You can even see the elephant from there in the pic!
Our Mokoro boat that we did while staying in Ngepi, Caprivi.
Our Mokoro boat that we did while staying in Ngepi, Caprivi.
A breathtaking sunset at Senyati, Botswana.
A breathtaking sunset at Senyati, Botswana.

Regarding the car everything was PERFECT as well! We had NO problem with it so I really really appreciate your kind assistance with that!

Thanks Viv,

Andrés

This is one of my favourite places of the trip... Kubu Island. It is very very special...
This is one of my favourite places of the trip… Kubu Island. It is very very special…
Devil's pool in Zambia's side. We had a bath up there, the first day they were opened, was incredible!
Devil’s pool in Zambia’s side. We had a bath up there, the first day they were opened, was incredible!

 

Zimbabwe: Limpopo crossing at Pafuri – conditions 27-06-2016

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Zimbabwe: Limpopo crossing at Pafuri
2BWild’s recommended safari route from South Africa to Gonarezhou

2BWild crossing the mighty Limpopo Near Pafuri. 08-2015
2BWild crossing the mighty Limpopo Near Pafuri. 08-2015. Photo:2BWild

News from the Pafuri region today is that the Limpopo River water level is less than tyre height.

This route, via Punda Maria camp in the Kruger National Park, is highly recommend in the winter months (May to August) as the water level is low. 2BWild Safaris has first-hand experience having travelled this route twice in recent years (see our trip report here).

Not only is this route a true African adventure with two significant river/sand crossings, mildly testing roads, tribal villages along the way, interesting border posts and related indabas, and a test of driving skills along sections of the route – all with the goal of Gonarezhou beckoning – and Kruger beckoning on the way back – but it also avoids the notoriously busy Beit Bridge border post to Zimbabwe.

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The Nuanetsi River crossing, only a few kilos from the Limpopo. Here local are preparing a crossing section for high water in the rainy season. Photo: 2BWild

Even though you need to allow for 3-4 hours for border crossings on this route – at Pafuri and Chiqualaquala/Sango – it is certainly well worth the adventure.

Zanzibar beckons – the perfect “luxury beach safari” coming up

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  • Now Hear This ! Now Hear This ! …

Viv and I are all set for our visit to Africa’s idyllic beach haven, Zanzibar, next week!

Zanzibar – a new 2BWild African beach safari in the making

A year in the planning the objective of this visit is to map out the perfect 2BWild “luxury beach safari” for our fly-in clients.

We fly in to Dar es Salaam from Johannesburg on Thursday next week and spend the night at a small beach resort, before taking the ferry to the island of Zanzibar the following day.

There we take a taxi transfer to another beach resort in the east to soak up the sun and clear azure ocean for a few days, to explore the Jozini Forest, and to enjoy. The next few days we’ll spend in the north of the island, checking out the spice tour and the diving scene – which we are told is amongst the best in the world.

Then we go on to the legendary Stonetown to spend time in the marketplace seeking out spices, clothes and trinkets, and mingling with the locals – immersing ourselves in the vibe of the market.

All very exciting – and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for you !!!

Mozambique: Excellent diving this weekend at Ponta do Ouro

Ponto do Ouro, Mozambique – divers’ paradise
Simon Thomé, a PADI qualified technical diver
Simon Thomé, a PADI qualified technical diver

Simon Thomé, a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) qualified technical diver (SSI extended range nitrox), reports excellent diving conditions at Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique this weekend.

Travelling with fellow PADI divers, the group spent this long weekend putting in two dives each day. Visibility was good all weekend and waters were calm – although on Saturday a 3m swell curtailed the afternoon’s diving.

On Easter Friday, Simon and the two other technical divers in the group, Adrian Smit – Scubalicious instructor, and Chris Serfontein, carried out a 25m dive, simulating accelerated decompression on the ascent.

During the weekend the group visited a number of reefs, amongst which were: Creche, Checkers, Atlantis and Pinnacles. Sightings included Honey Comb Moray Eels, Blue-Spotted Ribbontail Ray, Stingrays, Porcelain Crabs, Scorpion Fish, Potato Bass, Yellow Snappers, and the very colourful Gasflame Nudibranch.

The exquisite Gasflame Nudibranch

Water temperature throughout the weekend averaged 25C.

Botswana: restrictions on the transport and movement of meat has been lifted.

 

Botswana veterinary zoning
Botswana veterinary zoning

Movement restrictions on cloven hooved animals lifted in Zone 11 – Botswana

The Botswana Ministry of Agriculture informs the farming community and the general public that movement restriction in zone 11 (Kweneng, Kgatleng, Southern Ramotswa and Tlokweng) of the cloven hoofed animals and their products has been lifted with immediate effect.

Therefore, slaughter facilities are now allowed to resume ‘business as usual.’

The lifting of the ban follows completion of all tests on the buffalo which proved negative of Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD virus and the inspection of all cloven hoofed animals which proved free of the disease.

Furthermore, the public is informed that the search for the possibility of any buffalo has been called off following the extensive ground and aerial search that ruled out any presence of buffaloes in Zone 11.

The Ministry of Agriculture wishes to thank the public for their cooperation during the difficult and trying time.

For further information contact Boikhutso Rabasha at 3689115, 72339719 or Geoffrey Pheko at 3689116/77520819.

 

Zimbabwe: Kariba level continues to rise

Kariba Dam, in dire straits

29 April 2016

The level of Kariba Dam continues to rise steadily.

Presently the level is on 26%, up from below 12% a few weeks ago.

This follows good rains up country in the region in March and April.

Present inflow on the Zambezi is 1 180 m3/s and is now receding,  although flow at Vic Falls is still impressive.

Botswana: Okavango Delta: high flood levels occurring in Mababe/Khwai region

Mababe / Khwai region, Okavango, Botswana
Mababe / Khwai region, Okavango, Botswana

22/2/2016

Big flooding is expected in and around the Mababe/Khwai areas in the next few weeks . This is according to residents in the area.

Flood waters have already completely submerged the road on the old Mababe gate side already, and are now getting very close to the Mababe / Khwai main road. The water level is unusually high, especially for so early in the season. The flood water normally only arrives here around June / July.

Mohembo western Botswana
Mohembo western Botswana

The waters at Mohembo, adjacent to the Caprivi Strip, have already peaked but are still percolating through the Okavango pan handle and upper pan so haven’t reached peak levels further south.

Good water currently in around the Jao concession, Xigera and south of Abu.

High waters at Ngepi Camp, Okavango Delta, April 2010 (photo: John Thomé, 2BWild)
High waters at Ngepi Camp, Okavango Delta, April 2010 (photo: John Thomé, 2BWild)