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Tracks of Giants

A very brief update

The Tracks team has been in extremely remote areas whilst kayaking from Seronga via Motswiri and the Selinda Spillway into Zibidianja Lagoon, where they were met by the Wilderness Safaris staff. The team has had zero access to any technological equipment, so it has been very difficult to share a full blog. They cannot recharge satellite or cell phones, and no computers are permitted on the kayaks–for obvious reasons!

Fortunately, we just received this brief update from Ian Michler:

“This is going to be a short blog for two reasons. Firstly, its being written at 3.00am while on nightwatch and I want to get back to sleep, and secondly, I am typing on a satellite phone.

These last two and a bit weeks on the waterways of northern Botswana have without doubt been the most adventurous and exciting part of the TRACKS journey.

While the mekero leg to Seronga was restful – how can it be anything else while you are being gently poled through such scenic settings, the kayak legs have been somewhat more testing. At times we have had to beat our way through reed and sedge beds, or drag the kayaks across stretchs of shallow or dry land.

But for the most part, paddling conditions have been fantastic with over 30kms being clocked on a number of days. We have passed through vast tracts of true wilderness, most of it almost unbelievably scenic and untramelled, and all of it carrying wildlife of some sort. The number of elephant herds has been incredible – one or two drinking at the river’s edge on almost every bend, and great sightings of buffalo, kudu, lechwe, giraffe and zebra as we have drifted by.

Two daily features are the inevitable hippo interactions, some of which have raised the adrenaline levels a notch or two, and then the sense of joy and delight shared around the evening campfire. We are now camped about 35kms down from the mouth of the Savute Channel, and if all goes to plan, we will reach the marsh in three days time. More to come…watch this space!”

-Ian Michler

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