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African Safaris | Tours | Holidays: Seasons Change Before Our Eyes

Have you ever taken the time to count the minutes it takes before the sun slips behind the horizon? It is alarmingly fast – obviously it depends on when you start counting – but I took a count from when the sun appeared to just touch the horizon. In this case, my horizon was the completely flat landscape of the open plain in front of Kalahari Plains Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which lies almost right in the middle of Botswana, maybe it’s the actual heartbeat of Botswana. I counted three minutes until the sun had completely disappeared. It made me think if the sun disappears that fast, then the rest of the day obviously slips by just as quickly. Then the weeks go by, and the months fly by and, as I get older, the years appear to slide past as if they were months!

This is not depressing; it is a reality check of how important every moment is.

African Safaris | Tours | Holidays: Seasons Change Before Our Eyes

During our week-long stay I noticed that, just as the sun sets in minutes, so the season was changing right before our eyes. With the unusually heavy rains that had fallen as a result of Cyclone Dineo (which swept across the sub-continent from the Indian Ocean off Mozambique in late February 2017), we were not sure what to expect. In fact we thought we were going to be slip-sliding around in muddy puddles fringed by thick entanglements of green matted grasslands under voluminous, bubbly rain clouds delicately lit by rainbows.

African Safaris | Tours | Holidays: Seasons Change Before Our Eyes

African Safaris | Tours | Holidays: Seasons Change Before Our Eyes

None of this was the case. The landscape had sucked in every bit of moisture and the roads were bone dry and dusty. The grass was tall and thick – though still green in some cases, as the week passed it turned golden, as if it was catching up with itself and the season. The Plain in front of camp was quiet, but as we drove further northwards herds of springbok and oryx appeared. Birdlife was entertaining and wonderful. I wish I knew all the little species and imagine for a committed birder this is a paradise for sure. To give you an indication of how thick and tall the grass was, the kori bustards appeared as periscopes only – their long necks appearing at the level of the grass tops while their huge bodies were hidden in the thick green-to-gold stems.

African Safaris | Tours | Holidays: Seasons Change Before Our Eyes

African Safaris | Tours | Holidays: Seasons Change Before Our Eyes

African Safaris | Tours | Holidays: Seasons Change Before Our Eyes

I felt a sense of moodiness, a feeling that this place will never ever give you the same ‘thing’ every time you visit. It is not to be predicted, it will decide its ‘mood’ for the moment, and ours is just to be in wonder, to connect and to try and understand. That is the hook that draws one in to the Central Kalahari – maybe it is indeed the heartbeat of Botswana.

Written by Marian Myers 

Photographs by Mike Myers

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2017-05-11T14:49:09+00:00 General|
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