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Day 68 to 69 – Game Park of the ‘Rich and Famous’

29th and 30th November 2011

sunny 32 °C

A long old sand and clay road to Savuti. Tourist camp of choice for the rich and famous says Lonely Planet, but most choose to fly in. Redvers was flyin’ and when we got to the camp office we told the ranger about our ivory find. He was a bit disappointed that we hadn’t just brought it to him and said no one would mind if we’d had it in our car...

One of the lodges in Savuti costs over twelve hundred US dollars per person per night. Their cutlery is probably where the ivory goes, either way they saw as much game as we did, elephants in their hundreds and mongoose, and we were in the cheap seats. At one point Somers and I almost ran over a pack of wild dogs. We were looking to our right and they sat at the roads edge on our left. We slid to an abrupt halt and watched them for a while before leaving them behind only to stumble upon another pack. As we watched this second group they ran over to meet the arriving first group. United, their social interactions played out before they fanned out into the bush on a hunt. The road allowed us to drive alongside them for a kilometre or so and just as the last dog was peeling off into the bush the fancy safari group pulled up behind us to see what we were taking pictures of. We high fived as they pointed randomly into the bush and we drove on. As we continued in our park perusal Laura picked out the Lion King Soundtrack on the Ipod and wondered if the expensive lodges played it for their guests.

Posted by ibeamish 00:47 Archived in Botswana

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