Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Elephants

Duba Plains Cape Buffalo

Duba Plains Lions

Duba Plains Lions Hunting Buffalo

Duba Plains Birds

Around Selinda Camp

Selinda Elephants and an Evening Game Drive

Selinda Boat Game Drive

Selinda Buffalo, Hippos and Giraffe

Botswana and Zambia Photo Safari

October 2012

In October 2012, Kathy and I went to Cape Town, South Africa. We stayed at Kyra's house for a couple of days while getting over the jet lag. Then we left most of our clothes there and flew to Maun, Botswana (I had never heard of Maun before this trip). We flew by small plane to 3 different remote camps during the next 10 days, 2 camps in Botswana and one in Zambia near Victoria Falls. The panorama below shows a family of elephants at our first camp.

Family of Elephants Watching Us

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After a long, hot, tiring day, we got to Duba Plains Camp in the Okavango Delta. We flew in a small plane over one of the world's most distinctive regions - the world's largest inland water system. Duba Plains is one of the most remote of the game camps. It is known for its huge herd of cape buffalo and the prides of lions that hunt them. A small part of the herd is shown below. Here are some pictures of our airplane, the camp and our driver serving us a gin and tonic sundowner.

Part of the Herd of Cape Bullalo

Here are more elephant pictures and more buffalo and lions and lions hunting buffalo and birds and hippos.

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After 3 days at Duba Plains, we flew to Selinda Camp in a very small plane. As soon as we got out of the plane there were ellephants everywhere. We were taken to the camp in a boat where the staff came out to greet us.

Small Plane Takes Us to Selinda Elephants Are There when We Land
They Take Us to Camp in a Boat The Staff Comes Out to Greet Us

Here are pictures from around the camp. Next are pictures of Selinda elephants and pictures taken on an evening game drive. Here are pictures from the next evening when we did the game drive from a boat. And finally here are pictures of Selinda's buffalo, hippos and a giraffe.

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After 3 days at Selinda Camp, we flew in another small plant to Northern Botswana and were driven to the Zambian border in a van. We crossed the border (river) in a small boat and were driven to the Islands of Siankaba camp on the Zambezi River. We had to walk on suspension bridges to get to our cabin which overlooked the river.

Our Cabin Our Cabin Seen from the Water
Bridge to the Cabins View of the Zambezi River  from our Porch

At 5:00 PM we went on the sunset boat cruise in the Zambezi River. We had gin and tonics on a small island as the sun went down. By the time we returned it was dark.

The Boat for our Sunset Cruise Watching the Sunset from an Island
Sunset over the Zambezi The Camp after Dark

After a day of rest we drove into the town of Livingstone to see Victoria Falls. On the Zambian side, we took a boat out to an island at the edge of the falls. We got to swim up to the edge. Next we crossed over to the Zimbabwe side in order to see the large water flow. The area just this side of the island with green trees is where I was in the water looking over the edge of the falls.

Sitting on the Edge of Victoria Falls Looking over the Edge of Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe Side Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe Side

On the last day, before we flew back to Cape Town, we visited the village of Siankaba and the school. We also visited with the village headman who is the grandfather of our guide.

Siankaba School Siankaba School
Our Guide Mathew at his House Mathew and his Grandfather, the Village Headman

C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at" cbjones.info
updated February 8th, 2013