Somewhat back to basics

28. February 2011 by Ludger

After a good 4 hours drive we did arrive at Madikwe, a game reserve next to the border to Botswana.

The gate did radio the camp, so a ranger would pick us up at the park administration, a 20 minutes drive into the reserve.

If we would have told our domestic workers or the complex staff what we were heading for, they would perceive us being completly nuts. Paying money to stay in a bush camp with no electricity, and no running water.

Monique was more worried about the fact that leaving our car behind meant her potential retreat – sleeping in the car if she didn’t sleep a wink in a partially open wooden cabin in an unfenced camp – has ended in smoke. The fact that the ranger did carry a rifle did only appease for the ride in the open bush taxi.

There actually was an electric wire around the camp to prevent elefants (and giraffes) entering.  But anything lower had free access. Only the access to, and the ablutions itself were fenced. When the fire was down (after 10:00 pm) one should not leave the cabin – even for exigence. Hence there were two special pots provided in the cabins.

Connectivity was so weak, that after the first night the battery of my cell phone was flat.

Good stuff ! No electricity, no recharging.

Hence is was really a leave. Since the office wouldn’t be able to reach me, and I was not tempted to continue working.

Sleep was light, so the wake-up call by the camp manager didn’t need support by the snarling blaze at the donkey boiler.

Water would be boiling once we were back from the 4 hours morning game drive. But then usually breakfast was already waiting, so time for a shower only afterwards.


“Don’t get to close with the camera !”

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    One Response to “Somewhat back to basics”

    1. Jutta:

      Wow, das sieht ja richtig abenteuerlich aus. Und das Frühstück lecker! Die wirklich wichtigen Sachen funktionieren halt auch ohne Strom.

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