12 Vehicles, filled with excited occupants, visited the Khutse game reserve in Botswana between 9-12 August. The convoy left from Krugersdorp at 4am on 9 August driving through Zee rust and entering Botswana at the Swartkopfontein border post. Following the road through Gaborone and Molepolole they reached the sandy roads leading to Khutse. The road was bumpy and covered with deep sand. The convoy reached the Khutse gate at 4:30pm and it was another hour-and-a-half to the three camp sites.
The area is very dry and game was scarce but the sunsets, fresh air and vast open spaces of the reserve were nourishing to body and soul. Days were hot enough to be summery and the night temperature dropped to -7 on the thermometer. Evenings were spent around the campfire chatting, getting to know the other campers and snuggling up to keep the cold at bay. The Milky Way, bright and beautiful, lit up the sky at night and the meteor shower was a delight to watch.
A tower of 13 giraffes came to the waterhole and cameras snapped away. It was a beautiful sighting. Lion prints were found in the sand in the camp next to the tents and some even heard them roar during the night, but no-one was brave enough to look. Various birds were curious and came to investigate. It gave us a chance to enjoy and study them.
The night before our return we felt that our time there had been too short – if only we could stay another day to enjoy the openness, the freshness and the wilderness a little longer. The silence was the music of the pans.
Coming back home, I realised how much I enjoyed the break from everyday duties, thoughts and running around. It was a short, effective and revitalising weekend.