Wild and wonderful in Botswana

A loud rumbling tummy awakens me in the dead of the night… I lie stiffly staring into the velvet darkness, then gingerly lean across, drawing my ear to my husband Glen’s stomach. No – it’s not him! I catch my breath – the realisation that a large nocturnal visitor is grazing silently outside. This is wild camping, and this is what we came for – the ultimate Botswana adventure!
Words: Filly Crouch | Photos: Glen and Filly Crouch

Heeding the call of the wild

Tourists comes to Africa to experience the wildlife and if visiting the southern bit, it certainly does not get much better than Botswana, especially if in a half-decent 4×4. PATRICK CRUYWAGEN returns to his roots and shows us the best that country has to offer.

There’s gold in them hills!

Roger Gaisford has a Jeep, a CJ2A to be precise, which he bought on a military surplus vehicle disposals sale in Pretoria in 1971. It is one of the 300 or so that were supplied to the South African Defence Force in 1948 by Stanley Motors, the Willys agents in South Africa. He has many fond memories of not only the vehicle, but also the places it has taken him.

The wild side of the Kalahari

The word Kalahari brings to mind images of red sand dunes, big old Camelthorn trees, Oryx (also known as the Prince of the Kalahari) and black maned lions… It is a captivating place that calls you back again and again and again. This is a place where you can hear your soul breathe a sigh of relief, and where George van Deventer, of Trans Africa Self Drive Adventures and Tours, goes to have his “human batteries” recharged

Flocking to beautiful Botswana

A detour of 700km is not exactly something you want to undertake when you have just completed a 3 300km tour through Botswana. But when one gets news of a rare bird species – one that has never been recorded in the southern hemisphere before – that has arrived in Phalaborwa, all rational thinking flies out the window. Anton and Natasha Schutte share their adventure.

Jimny gone wild

Intrepid road trippers, Calvin & Kelly Fisher, head to Botswana where they experienced teh best of our neighbouring country from behind the wheel of a Suzuki Jimny.

It’s a pan party

When Anton Willemse Snr heard about the OppiPanne music festival in Botswana he was intrigued. What was it? How would it work? Would it be a success? With more questions than answers, he decided to head across the border to find out for himself. What an extraordinary experience it turned out to be!

Botswana, you beaut!

Botswana’s vast wilderness areas coupled with its majestic wildlife, natural wonders and friendly locals makes our neighbour a country all adventurers want to experience.

Test all limits in the Nissan Navara