Bushtrackers took the 79 Series Land Cruiser – the king of the road - on an excursion from Maun in Botswana to Johannesburg.
Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana, and is a hub for tourists. The town boasts the Maun International Airport and several hotels.
From Maun we set course for Nata, a village on the Nata River. The Nata River flows to the Makgadikgadi Pans, the remains of inland ocean. We stopped near Gweta Town to admire the vast Boabab trees at Planet Boabab. Fellow travelers were enjoying a refreshing dip in the pools.
A must-see on this route is the Nata Wildlife Sanctuary. We were treated to the view of thousands of Flamingos cooling off in the middle of a salt pan. These graceful birds have specially adapted beaks for feeding in shallow waters, and tend to gather in great flocks. Their great number provides a measure a safety from predators while they are “head down” foraging for food.
Bushtrackers next stopped over at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which spans some 8500 hectares. This community-based wildlife project conserves rhino and sustainable benefits to the community come about through tourism.
A mother rhino and her youngsters were top of list of game viewing highlights, and we enjoyed viewing a variety of antelope and giraffe.
That evening we parked the Land Cruiser under a Boabab tree, popped the tent up, and lit a fire. We feasted on braai meat under a star-studded night sky, soaking in the sound of African night.
Too soon it was morning, and the Bushtrackers Land Cruiser brought us safely home to Johannesburg.