16.02.2009 - 17.02.2009 21 °C
Our first stop was a town called Serowe, location of the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a private game reserve created by the local residents to protect the country’s declining Rhino population. 30 White and 1 Black Rhino, Botswana’s last remaining, appear to be thriving.
At the entrance to the park 24 of us piled into the small store and relieved them of their stocks of beer and cider for our fist night round the bush campfire. The 1st rings were soon pulled minutes later when our monster overland truck got stuck in the deep sand. Use of the sand mats, a lot of digging, some broken shrubbery and an 11 point turn later and we finally found ourselves in a pretty camping spot beneath the trees. Our tents were pitched within the park boundary, nothing separating us from the Rhino except a flimsy strip of canvas. It made for a heart pounding dash to the toilet block, the fear of wild animals only heightened by my impaired vision from lack of contact lenses.
4WD vehicles are required to get round the park particularly now in the rainy season and within minutes of our game drive we got a flat tyre. Despite the park being home to a number of predators, including leopard and hyena, we were asked to get out of the vehicle to change the tyre. This is now something I’m becoming familiar with and wonder how many lives I have left before being stalked, charged or eaten by the less friendly wildlife. Eventually we saw Kudu, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, a variety of other Antelope and 4 of the White Rhino. The ground is covered by sage plants making for a highly aromatic game viewing experience.