20 July 2010

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

It is Presidents Day weekend, so 5 of us took a trip to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Serowe, Botswana.  It was a 3 hour drive and we stayed at a nice and simple lodge, Masama Lodge, outside of the City.

To get to the Rhino Sanctuary, you drive through the town of Serowe, which is home to the founding President, Sir Seretse Khama.  There are many roadside shops along the way. This one is my favorite (in case you're in need of a tire puncture).
The Rhino Sanctuary was started in 1992 to help protect the endangered rhinos from poachers who sell the horns on the black market. The Rhino population varies as they send rhinos raised in the park back out into Botswana and surrounding game preserves.  This weekend there were about 33 white and black rhinos and we saw half of them, which was very lucky!  We came upon about a dozen at a watering hole at sunset.  Very surprisingly, everyone there was outside their truck and the rhinos didn't notice us at all.
There was a lot of other cool wildlife.

The zebra rolling in the sand is leaving his scent (and probably having fun too).


Yellow Billed Hornbill

As we were leaving the park we ran into the largest male rhino "Dan."  He just sauntered across the road in front of us.

Abigail, Greg, Nita, Dumi and me

Nita and me

That night we had a fire and braai under the stars.
The next day we did a rather unremarkable second game drive and appreciated all that we saw on the first day.  So we went back to our lodge which had some scenic rocks we climbed up.
Then time to go home until the next adventure.