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Mokoro on the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a vast swampland covering over 9,000 square miles of northern Botswana.  Abundant populations of bird (herons, storks, cranes, pelicans) and animals (elephants, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes) can be found here, along with a high diversity of plants (fan palms, date palms, papyrus, mopane).  Moremi Game Reserve is on the eastern edge of…

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The Green Season in Botswana

The dry, winter season (June-October) is widely considered to be the optimal time for game viewing in Botswana.  The low grass and lack of vegetation make the animals easier to see.  As water sources deep in the bush dry out, animals are forced to congregate in large numbers around permanent rivers.  The green season in…

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Camping in the African Bush

In some ways, night is my favorite time on safari.  As the campsite quiets down I lie in my tent reflecting on the day's game sightings and listening for sounds of the African night.  I can make out the glittering constellations of the southern hemisphere through the tent's mesh window.  Tired from an exciting day in the bush I fight off sleep, trying to remain alert to the calls and cries of Africa’s nocturnal creatures.  Far off I hear the roar of lions preparing for the night’s hunt.   Through the crisp night air, the plaintive howl of a hyena seems very close to camp.  In the mopane trees surrounding our cluster of tents an African Scops owl calls out with its repeating single note.  Krruup... krruup... krrupp... krrupp....  Then a twig snaps near the tent.  I immediately recall the story our guide told us after dinner and my thoughts race to identify the cause of the snapping branch.

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Osher@Dartmouth Safari Summary

A group of 6 intrepid Osher@Dartmouth members recently returned from our mobile camping safari through the spectacular game parks of Botswana.  The Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning is located on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH.  Osher provides continuing education for residents of the Upper Valley area. 

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