Near Kasane

August 17, 2016 - Kasane, Botswana




August 17


Leaving Muchenje, we stopped to have a look at the remarkable vegetable garden which is being cultivated there by one of the workers, Chanda.  A self-taught gardener he has made a wonderful space using organic principles.  The office at the campsite sells lovely salad packs and other fresh produce he produces.  We had a chat to him and he explained how he grows things from seed in the compost that he makes himself.  He controls pests with a mixture he makes from chillies and dishwashing liquid. He uses companion planting principles and also has fruit trees, including lemons, limes, mangoes and avocados.  So we left Muchenje each with a salad pack freshly picked that morning as well as a beautiful pawpaw (papya) grown on a tree amongst the veggies.


The road back to Kasane wasn’t too long and we stopped for a quick shop to stock up for the next couple of days.  We were in plenty of time for a slap-up tea at the Chobe Safari Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River under huge old trees on their large outdoor patio area.


Our next stop was Senyati Lodge Camp Site where we have stayed before.  The road in was pretty sandy and we got stuck because Terry mistakenly undid the diff lock instead of engaging it.  But this was soon remedied with the diff lock engaged and the car in Low range 4x4.


At Senyati we have one ablution facility for 2 couples which in itself is a luxury after we have been sharing ablution blocks with the whole camp site up to now.  The hot water comes from a ‘donkey’ – a wood fired boiler – which the staff come and light in the evening.


But the main attraction here is the waterhole.  Artificially created with a borehole and pump it is frequented by large herds of elephants that come in in droves from about 5 pm onwards.  They also have a kind of underground bunker where one can get really close up to the elephants at ground level.  The waterhole and bunker are overlooked by a lovely bar with magnificent views on the waterhole.  Below the bar area is another area where one can sit at ground level and watch the ellies ‘up close and personal’.


This all meant, of course, that our supper (an impala leg cooked in the ‘potjie’) had to be served rather late so tonight is a late night but tomorrow we are staying here so we don’t have to set the alarm.  Bliss!!



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