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Now this was our final campsite and probably the most spectacular. Situated over the river, looking down, it makes for brilliant game viewing. Evening brings the animals to the waters edge and baboons to camp if you are not careful so make sure you have everything secured, with no scrummy appertisers left around for them to steal.
Ihaha is the new and only camping site for private visitors within northern Chobe.
The ablution block is good! Set a little away from our camp, so take care after dark.
Two sites share one tap, situated between the them, again after dark probably best used in pairs.
A lovely, lovely campsite.
After driving around Botswana from camp to camp we were parking ourselves here at Tuli for our final 4 days and what a great four days it was, two of which were spent in the meru tents.
Tents... well, rather luxurious if they are to be called tents, although we did on one occasion have a monkey decide to use our en suite bathroom. Lovely cosy tents, as with all the holiday apart from when staying in the Lodges, there was no electricity and hurricane lamps sufficed. In Africa, you retire not long after sundown and rise with the birds, so rest was clean, deep and rejuvenating.
We had our own chef, guides and tracker. We also had use of the Lodge facilities if required and hence we found this spot a tough one to leave behind.
Savuti Campsite is situated on the Savuti Channel and has an elephant proof ablution block and elephant proof stand pipes. It also has hot water and lights in the ablution block, trala, a real treat. The elephant proof wall around the ablution block is cleverly made to allow wild cats etc to be able to escape out but elephant and the like not to be able to get in.
We had two days here at Savuti campsite. At this time of year (September) probably we would all say the same and that is, that only one night at Savuti would surfice.
It seems a lot of the animals had migrated.
The, I think 8 camping pitches are separated and marked but you do have to search for the marks. Many sit under old camelthorn trees, with site number one being particularly good (take note when booking, it seems a ploy of people is to 'nik' the best plot and then claim there has been a mix up and that they were put there and they tend to send you off to find a vacant plot, normally it's the one they did not want) The size of the site, and the distance between the pitches, is such that some campers even drive to the ablution block after dark.
Savuti particularly attracks the elephant and hyenas. Hyena's being mostly scavanging opportunists, also have that trait of cowardice, despite their strong ability to drag off just about any sized object, they are dangerous, they will take risks and children are more so a target, but make enough noise and they most likely will run. However, this is not the case with elephants visiting the campsite, they dislike like being shone at them and indeed do not like noise so if you want to invite trouble into your area, try both of these!!
Surrounding our campsite were the Kalahari Appleleaf bushes, like a miniature version of the Jacaranda, very pretty amongst the dusty scenes.
KHWAI CAMPSITE (and Xakanaxa)
Khwai Campsite, very similar to Xakanaxa but on the north east of the reserve. The drive from Mboma island to Khwai is a long one, (its where we left from after a mokoro trip) maybe 5 hours or so if you enjoy the view along the way. Taking the river road along the Khwai is probably the best advice with plenty of animal spotting to do.
The monkeys at Khwai can be a pest so be aware.
If you have time there are hippo pools to take a look at.
Again the ablution block was okayyy, nah, I am fibbing, it was for the advanced adventurer and cold water only, nicely invigorating.
South Gate Entrance to Moremi
As taking a safari in Botswana is so into the bush I have decided that 'off the beaten track tips' are the appropriate spot to place them in.
XAKANAXA (and Khwai Campsites)
These camps are clearings in the trees, next to the edge of the delta. Watch for the hippos then!
Xakanaxa was our first stop in Moremi. You will need to sign in when you enter, (they like to know when you leave, just to make sure you have not been eaten). The camps wardens wooden office is right next to the airstrip, on the left if arriving from South Gate. (There is a disused airstrip too, so try not to confuse the two).
Also directions are not always great, so keep your eye out, it's possible to make the odd mistake... or two...or three. All adds to the adventure though.
The ablution block was, well, um, yes well, it was okayyy, it did the job for us, usable, yep no problem, reaallly. After a while you get used to these amenities and then feel totally and utterly spoilt when you are faced with a lodge or meru tent for a night or two. Then you even miss these basic blocks that make you feel you have achieved a huge feat once you have used them.
They kinda help you to appreciate home comforts, again it's all part of the fun and adventure, if you think positive.
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