16 Juni 2010

Baby you can drive my car

Soon after arriving in Gabs it became clear that I will need a car in order to get around. And so my favorite man took me to his trusted Sri-Lankan car dealer in the dusty suburb of Mogoditshane where we inspected a number of 'freshly arrived' cars from Japan.

And even though the offer was rather limited I decided I definitely want a German car!
(After all, it's the first time I am buying a car)

After some back and forth, test-driving, negotiations between the men, getting lost on the way, trying every cash mashine in Gabs, and finally a rather lengthy cleaning session (just before the WC started), I am now the proud owner of this lovely green VW Golf:

Isn't it pretty? :)

14 Juni 2010

Let there be Rhinos

Last weekend we packed our bags and went to Khama Rhino Sanctuary near Serowe to see some more of Africa’s wildlife.

In the park you can do a guided game-drive or drive with your own car through the bush and around the pans on dusty sand roads.

On our early morning drive we saw loads of antelopes, wilderbeest, springboks, impalas and a herd of zebras.

But it got really interesting during the afternoon drive (when all the animals supposedly hide in the bush and sleep) when we saw more than half of the entire Rhino population...have you ever seen a baby rhino jumping around the water hole and trying to play with a very unimpressed wilderbeest? It’s the cutest thing ever!

And when we were driving around the pan in an attempt to get closer to the giraffes we had seen in the distance, we accidentally bumped into 3 cheetahs preparing to hunt but then innocently and very elegantly just crossing the road just in front of us…

{the picture is not great but the best I could get with my little camera}

Wildlife here is amazing and luckily it looks like I’ll get to see some more of it in the next months, hurra!

07 Juni 2010

Dumela Botswana!


I arrived in Gabs on the brand new airport and was picked up by my favorite man. Our house is situated in Phakalane, a suburb of Gaborone, which sports a supermarket, a school, a golf course and maybe some other attractions I have yet to discover.

We spent the first weekends exploring the city, meeting colleagues and friends, went to the cinema, and visited the Fete de la Musique. So it’s pretty much city life as usual I would say.

I also got to go on my first game drive in the Mokolodi Game Reserve just outside Gabs where we saw loads of antelopes, a herd of giraffes, ostriches and then also paid a visit to the cheetahs.
Yesterday we went to see the sunset at Gaborone Dam and the colors were just amazing!

gabs dam

Oh, I can't wait to go on a 'real' safari and spend the night out there somewhere...