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.
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!
Regarding the car everything was PERFECT as well! We had NO problem with it so I really really appreciate your kind assistance with that!
Zimbabwe: Limpopo crossing at Pafuri 2BWild’s recommended safari route from South Africa to Gonarezhou
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.
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.
Viv and I are all set for our visit to Africa’s idyllic beach haven, Zanzibar, next week!
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 !!!
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.
Water temperature throughout the weekend averaged 25C.
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.
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.
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.