We are Frank and Gesa. We met during our training as nature-guides in Southern Africa and share a passion for the African wilderness ever since - which is what brought us here now! During the next six weeks we will take a walk on the wildest side of Botswana - and we want you to come with us!
Mashatu - the Land of Giants
Our trip started on the most eastern tip of Botswana - in the Tuli-block lies the stunning Mashatu Game Reserve - also called the "Land of Giants" because of its abundance in massive Baobabs as well as the population of elephants that silently stride through the vast and ever-changing landscapes of the reserve.
"Tuli" is the Tswana word for "dust" - and dusty it was! But to our delight, as the sand and dust awards you with the most stunning sunsets night after night after night...
Cycling in the African bush?!
Yep, we did it here. Well, to be exact: Frank did. Gesa sat on the back of a game viewer recording the whole thing for future generations in case Frank bumped into an elephant... gladly he didn't. As a trails guide Frank is used to exploring the African bush on foot, so for him it was a fantastic experience to get into the saddle and experience a completely new way of seeing the wild.
Off with the horses...
Not only can you explore beautiful Mashatu by bike, but also on horseback! And although neither of us are experienced riders (in fact, the last time Gesa sat on a horse was in kindergarten and the horse was made of wood...) we had a great time at the stables.
We truly think that this must be the adventure of a lifetime for experienced riders!
A walk to Eagle's Rock
On our last day at Mashatu Game Reserve we finally got to put on our walking boots and climbed up onto Eagle Rock - one of the many, many lookout points the Land of Giants has to offer. With us was one of safariFRANK's legendary guides - Stuart, who has been working in the Tuli-block for the last twelve years and knows this pristine wildlife area by heart. Up on eagle rock we watched two Verreaux's Eagles catching the thermals and guarding their precious egg we found high above on the rock overlooking the dry riverbed of the Motloutse, where a young lion watched us from afar...
On the road
Testing our gear at Goo-Moremi gorge
Heading West after a lovely breakfast we enjoyed a chilled drive to a hidden gem enroute to the more famous wildlife areas. After driving on a dirt road for what felt like a very long time we made it to Goo-Moremi gorge - a community-run attraction not many people seem to know about. We were pleasantly surprised to find the campsite in an excellent and new condition and took the afternoon off to test all our gear and set up the rooftop-tent.
Before we called it an early night, Gesa played some tunes on the guitar while a warm fire crackled and a fiery-necked nightjar called somewhere in the distance. Early the next morning we went on a relaxed 1 1/2 hour walk through the gorge, learning a lot about the local trees and birds and clambering up and down the rocks till we reached a beautiful waterfall over which a resident colony of Cape Vultures nested - one of the only two colonies in the whole of Botswana!
Full Moon at Kubu Island
We didn't plan it this way, but our last night during week #1 was illuminated by a full moon at this magical place called Kubu Island - a rocky outcrop overgrown with Baobabs in the middle of the massive Sua salt pan. We watched the sun set in the West only to turn around a while later to marvel at the full face of the moon rising in the East. It was one of those special moments that words could never describe and pictures will always fail to capture... We guess you just had to be there.
And we hope someday you will...