Monday, 13 July 2009

Botswana Self Drive Holiday.Day Seven. Moremi Game Reserve. South Gate Campsite.

This was our last day in the Moremi Game Reserve, some fellow campers reported that they had seen heard of Buffalo on Bodumatau Road. We were heading to South Gate Campsite, so took this route. We saw a few Zebra at Botelele Pool,
but once past there the roads became waterlogged and to deep to cross. We had to turn back and use the main road up to South Gate. We stopped for a long time at the Bodumatau Logoon, it is a very relaxing spot.We got to the South Gate Camp site in very good time. This was a very pleasant site, with large, clean pitches, that had a concrete table & chairs. This site again had the new ablution blocks, and these had hot water.
As we had arrived earlier than we had expected. After lunch we went out to have a look at Santawani Lodge. This lodge is signposted as soon as you leave Moremi, you take the right had fork in the road. The road was dead straight, very deep sand, this road also goes to Maun, I think we almost got there as we missed the turn for the lodge!! We did see a lot of wildlife on this road, a few herds of Zebra, Giraffe and some very large Bull Elephants. I was really disappointed that I did not see any Wild dogs, as there is a Wild Dog Research Station along this road. We got back into South Gate Camp just as the gates shut and settled down for the night.
Hyenas were around again, calling loudly to each other, they but ran off with a metal plate left out by some other campers! This was the first night that we did not hear lions calling.