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Apr 27 2013

Molema Bush Camp

 

Although the border crossing into Botswana had been hasslefree, the day time temperature was rising, and we were eager from some shade.  Although it is autumn, the day time temperatures still reach well into the 20’s.  We were eager for a bit of shade to park up and rest through “silly hour” – the early afternoon hours when no sensible man or beast wanders around.

Leaving the main road – a gravel one – we turned off and followed the signs for Momela Bush Camp.  Soon, we arrived at a small hut, and were greeted by Alex and Chris, the 2 chaps looking after the camp.  After completing formalities, including indemnity forms and payment, Chris took us to our campsite.

This was nothing like the demarcated campsites of Europe or South Africa.  We had our own little ‘driveway’ down to the campsite – one of only 4 on the game farm – which was a little overgrown to start with, but soon opened up to the space that would be our home for the next 2 nights.

It was stunning!

The amount of space allocated to us was larger than the entire camping area we shared with other campers in Djidjack in Senegal!  We could easily have fitted another 2 vehicles without feeling crowded.  Shade was provided by an enormous Jackalberry tree as well as other smaller trees.  We had our own shower – open to the skies – and flushing toilet.  A washing up sink was available.  There was also a designated place to make a bonfire, and a purpose built braai area.

Next morning, we headed off early to take a visit to Solomon’s Wall – a natural basalt dyke looming more than 15m tall.  There wasn’t a lot to see along the way: an occasional herd of impala and a large ostrich farm.  I suspect that most of the game must be resident in the Mashatu Game Reserve area of Tuli Block, rather than the more western ends.

We reached Solomon’s Wall, and saw more evidence of the floods from earlier in the year.  The road which crosses through a gap in the Wall was no more – having been replaced by a river!  While we were admiring the scenery, a Fish Eagle flew down, and skimmed the river picking up a fish, before landing in a tree to devour its prey.  It would have been even more memorable if the actual catching event had not taken place behind a small river dune.

On our return to the camp site, we explored some of the designated 4×4 routes.  They weren’t particularly long, nor particularly technical, but it gave us a chance to explore a bit more of the farm around Momela Bush Camp, spot a few animals, and give our Botswana bird list a good start.

That night, we made our first attempt at home baked bread on the fire.  We have acquired a cast iron flat bottomed potjie pot, which doubles as an oven when used creatively.  Soda bread was the bread of choice – and successfully executed it was.

All in all, a gentle introduction to Botswana and some of what it has to offer.

 

 

 

(more photos to follow … )

2 comments

  1. Tuli Safari Lodge

    It was great to hear that you enjoyed your time at Molema Bush Camp. We do now offer guided game drives and bush walks in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve for Molema guests, so hope to welcome you again another time.

    1. African GirlChild

      Oooh – those walks would have been perfect for us. We’ll have to do it next time. Thanks for letting us know.

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