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Friday, April 2, 1999
Matswere Gate, Central Kalahari Game Reserve to Ghanzi, Botswana
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Ghanzi, Botswana:
Latitude: 21° 41' 32" South
Longitude: 21° 38' 57" East
Altitude: 3539 feet
From Seattle: 11049 miles
Lodging: Camp - Kalahari Arms

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Today's Travel:
Country: Botswana
Regions: Central, Ghanzi
Route: Pists; Road
Path:Matswere Gate, Central Kalahari Game Reserve - Ghanzi, Botswana
Linear:151 miles
Weather: Sunny / Mostly Sunny

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Desert road Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Springbok Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Oryx (Gemsbok) Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Oryx (Gemsbok) Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Oryx (Gemsbok) Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Oryx (Gemsbok) Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Black-backed Jackal Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Oryx (Gemsbok) Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Oryx (Gemsbok) Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Oryx (Gemsbok) Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Springbok Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Springbok Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 722
Linear Dist: 95486
Countries Visited: 52
Regions Visited: 201
More stats...
Hotels: 203
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 104
Hostels: 193
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2773
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Journal Entry:
Another early morning! Were packed and entering the park by sunrise. A long driving day. The game was rather scarce, and with the exception of some ostrich and a few jackals limited to various antelope. There were tons of Oryx (Gemsbok) - which are beautiful with their dramatic black and white faces and long, straight horns.

It took us seven hours to cut across the park - and it was tough driving - the roads were deep sand and very bumpy. By the time we got to the exit gate the car was running very hot and the radiator was almost dry. Spent a half hour adding water and letting the car cool down then it was off to Ghanzi. Unfortunately the road didn't get much better and it took us dour hours to get to town. The town is almost completely shut down (it's Good Friday) but we manage to get gas and find a spot to camp at the hotel. No stores are open and the only restaurant that is open is the hotel's - surprisingly it was very good. We're thinking about trying for Pretoria (nearly 1,000 km away) tomorrow so it's going to be another long one - in bed shortly after nine.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Botswana
CIA World Fact Book: Botswana

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