Memories of the Kgalagadi

-By Mareo & Lizel Bekker

“The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your terms” – Will Rogers

We recently had the privilege of touring Mabuasehube in Botswana and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We were aware that it had rained up to 300mm in the area since January. But nothing could’ve prepare us for the spectacle that awaited us: millions of butterflies, metre tall grasslands, pans filled with water and beautiful clouds everywhere. We’ve visited the area regularly for the past 40 years – but never before seen it like this.

Lions daily for the first 14 days – and nights; hundreds of aristocratic oryx and red hartebeest; regal secretary birds and kori bustards; eagles, goshawks, vultures; Namaqua doves and other birds – too many to mention.

We had time to observe, listen, experience, appreciate and be thankful. A lot of nonsense was spoken around the fires, but we also had time to strengthen old friendships. We took lots of photos to reflect upon later.

There were close encounters with lions and vehicles overheated as a result of grass in the radiators. But the main characters were nature, the clouds, grasslands, plants and animals. And their Creator. We were privileged to have experienced it all.

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