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lillipets trip report

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I'm having a really hard time getting my thoughts together for this but I decided to just start and see where it goes.
I did a 10 day mobile tent safari to Botswana with Game Trails.All I wanted was a comfortable bed, convenient toilet, someone to cook my food while on safari, and lots and lots of game. The tents were large enough for 2 cots and a small table. The toilet/shower was open to the sky but attached to the tent itself via a zipper. Hot water was supplied every morning so we could wash up at the basin outside our tent. The rustic atmosphere was perfect for me, but my friend admitted that the next time she'd prefer something a little more upscale(something with fewer zippers!) The food was wonderful. Our cook's name was Grace. I don't know how she managed to cook such wonderful meals over a campfire.
Our guide was Nick Langton (sp??)He was a walking encyclopedia of information and wonderful stories. I managed to get some of the stories with my camcorder focused on our campfire and Nick talking in the background.
There were 9 of us altogether. My friend Linda, me, 2 women from Australia, and a family of 5 from Britain(they've lived in Germany for over 20 yrs so the kids who were 23, 21 and 17 really felt more German than British) It was a wonderful group to travel with. We really got along well and had a blast!
We got to Maun and after a quick lunch we had to find a welder to fix one of the seats in the vehicle that was very loose.
On the way to our campsite at Xananaka we got a flat tire and had to stop for that.Because of the delays we were not going to get to camp till well after dark. It wasn't quite dark yet when someone yelled "honey badger!" I yelled to Nick "honey badger!" but he just kept on going! At the time I just thought that he was in a big hurry and besides, even if we had stopped the honeybadger would have been long gone. So I ALMOST saw a honeybadger!We didn't get to camp till well after dark.
Soon after sitting down to eat dinner that night a hyena crept up to the table behind Nick that had the serving dishes on it. Just as someone said "Nick...there's a hyena behind you..." the hyena stood up on its hind legs like a dog stealing something off the counter, grabbed the pot closest to the edge and took off! We'll never know if he dropped it because Nick stood up and yelled at him or if he dropped it once he realized he had grabbed the pot with the spinach!
The only problem we had with Nick was he was deaf in one ear and there were times we wanted him to stop the vehicle and by the time he heard us we'd be waaaaay past what we wanted to see! We devised a system so that the person sitting closest to him would be responsible for getting him to stop if we wanted to, and to also get questions and answers relayed back and forth to the rest of us in case we couldn't hear him. So I really don't know if he didn't stop for the honey badger on our first drive to camp because he was in a hurry or because he didn't hear us!

I'll try and add more tomorrow!

Lily

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