When you tour Southern Africa you'll definitely want to visit Botswana to get to experience what an African safari is like in the area's National Parks and wildlife reserves. The awesome thing about that real African safari feel? You can do it, and tour Southern Africa on a budget! Check out these YouTube videos outlining the wildlife, nature and adventure that awaits on Southern Africa tours.
Tour Southern Africa with a Botswana safari
Moremi Wildlife Reserve - Botswana - Overland tour Southern Africa
Choose from a variety of Southern Africa tours that include Moremi Wildlife Reserve on your route. Here is where you can check out the overland trips including Moremi.
Chobe National Park - Botswana - Overland tour Southern Africa
Gemsbok National Park - Botswana - Southern Africa tours
Tackle the route of a safari in Gemsbok National Park with a self-drive tour of Southern Africa with Botswana 4x4 hire.
Thanks to Ian n. White for the above photo of the White-browed Robin-Chat, and thanks to Valpard on YouTube for the use of the great video footage he captured on these Southern Africa tours. Botswana really is one of the best places to tour Southern Africa's amazing wildlife, ecosystems and landscapes. Don't miss out.
We're not all Bear Grylls. We don't eat live scorpions, we don't crawl into small caves for cosy outdoor shelter and we don't start fires using friction. Stuff like that doesn't come naturally to most of us anyway. So if you're venturing out on one of your first camping safaris in Africa, and you feel the need to get in touch with your primitive side, take over the duty of starting the campfire with the below tips on how to build a campfire. Below is a quick video showing you how to build a campfire from scratch.
You’ll be sitting around the dirt eating untoasted marshmallows if you don’t learn how to build a proper campfire for your camping safaris in Africa.
You will need:
1.Wood 2. Matches/lighter
1. Rocks 2. Shovel
Step 1 Make sure a campfire is allowed at your campsite. Some camping safari spots tend to be surrounded by dry vegetation which can ignite easily if strong wind crops up and blows embers into them.
Step 2 See if your campsite has pre-made fire pits. If not, you’ll have to make one.
Step 3 To create your own fire pit, choose a spot at least 10 feet away from brush and other easily flammable materials. Don’t forget to look up – fire pits should not be under branches. Safaris in Africa are about enjoying each area's natural beauty. You wouldn't want to smoke out any critters or birds away from their homes.
Step 4 Surround your fire pit with a circle of stones or rocks to keep your wood contained. If you have a shovel, dig a pit about 6 – 8 inches deep inside your rock pile.
Step 5 Gather wood. You’ll need three different types. 1. Tinder: small twigs and dry leaves. 2. Kindling: larger sticks and twigs still under an inch in diameter. 3. Fuel wood: large pieces of wood that will burn for a while. All wood should be dry and as free of dirt, moss, and debris as possible. Pile it at least 3 feet away from your fire pit.
Step 6 Start by placing tinder in the centre of your fire pit.
Step 7 Using 3 or 4 pieces of your kindling and build a teepee around the tinder.
Step 8 Add more kindling to the downwind side of your teepee, then continue around to the upwind side. Leave an opening on the upwind side that will allow you to ignite the tinder within the teepee. Fire needs oxygen, so be sure to leave space between the kindling in your teepee to allow your fire to breathe.
Step 9 Lay two parallel pieces of fuel wood on opposite sides of the teepee. The end should extend beyond your teepee. Lay two more pieces of wood on top of your first two, forming a square of fuel wood enclosing the teepee.
Step 10 Continue laying fuel wood building up to a box that resembles a log cabin. Two or three layers will suffice. Make sure you can still access the tinder which is now inside the kindling teepee, which is inside your fuel wood cabin.
Step 11 Light the tinder at several different locations. Stand upwind of your fire when you’re lighting it to keep the wind from blowing out your match or lighter.
Step 12 Add small amounts of tinder until your kindling catches fire.
Step 13 Once the kindling lights, switch your attention to the fuel wood. As the kindling burns up, add more fuel wood until it ignites.
Step 14 When the fuel wood has caught fire, continue feeding it with fuel wood as needed. Now if that isn't fire making for camping safaris made easy, then I don't know what is! Good job! Now that your campfire is successfully burning, get ready to roast those marshmallows!
Camping safaris in Africa not only broaden your view of the world but are also a great way to boost confidence and make discover your independent. Today a campfire. Tomorrow the world.
This online video campaign by US activists aims at capturing an alleged Ugandan warlord, Joseph Kony and his Rebel Group the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army). The video has gone viral with over 15 million views on YouTube. This campaign will expire on 31 December 2012, dedicating 2012 to stopping Joseph Kony. Watch this amazingly well produced Kony YouTube Video and reveal the horrifying truth about what is happening in Uganda.
Share this post and let's make Kony known globally so that we can capture the man who has abducted over 30 000 innocent children and made their lives a living hell. Do it for the 30 000 children who will be next...
You've gotta love it! What BBC has done is gather a bunch of great footage from safaris in Africa and added voice-overs to each clip, in order to give us greater 'insight' as to what is happening in the clip. SO FUNNY!
After I've finished nursing the stitch in my side, I'm going to watch another one. Classic.
For all of us who feel like we don't seem to have a voice in the plight to save our rhino, here is an inspiring YouTube viral video aimed at raising awareness and spreading the word: Share the video and make a difference.
Keen to see rhino's in their natural habitat? Go on a safari. While you still can.
Check it out: a giraffe is rescued from a swimming pool in the above YouTube video! The crew filming the television series Wild at Heart, were like 'WTF' when they found a nine-year-old, preggie* giraffe chilling in a swimming pool, as caught on the above YouTube video!
Filmed in the Leopard's Den game reserve in South Africa, where wildlife roam free and the television series crew do their best not to interfere with wildlife in their habitat. Seems like the giraffe came looking for fame of its own though when the 14 months pregnant giraffe, named ‘Lucy’, managed to get through a fence around the set situated in the Glen Afric game sanctuary.
Producer Adam Friedlander says he is not 100 per cent sure how the giraffe landed up in the pool, but his guess is that she may have been drinking from it, and with her head being too low, became disorientated and fell in.
Like that one time Lucy partied with the monkeys and got drunk on marula fruit. Good times. Actor Stephen Tompkinson who was on the set at the time said: “It was such a bizarre sight – as soon as I walked around the corner all I could see was this great neck sticking out of the pool."
The first step to Lucy's rescue was for the crew to drain the pool. They wanted to use sandbags to build steps for the giraffe to trot out on, but just in case Lucy lost her footing while making her way out, the idea was abandoned. The strapping young lads of the fire brigade were called to the rescue (*Queue superhero trumpet theme tune*) and decided to dig a trench at one end of the pool and lure the giraffe out with food.
A gal can't say no to a delicious carrot... as Lucy first discovered 14 months ago. After three hours, Lucy eventually climbed out of the pool without a scratch. Go Lucy! So for future reference thats how a giraffe is rescued from a swimming pool and caught on video! Was this stunt an attempt to get 30 seconds of fame? Or was Lucy just looking for a respectable spot to have a water birth? Either way, good luck Lucy! Source: The Telegraph *preggie = pregnant