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Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News - By Mary Ord

in the world in the Sos­su­vlei Desert. We were taught about the stars, con­stel­la­tions and plan­ets in the spe­cial ob­ser­va­tory and look­ing through the te­le­scope felt we could al­most touch them. Our he­li­copter ride over Vic­to­ria Falls and the sun­set boat cruise on the Zambesi River was just sen­sa­tional.

Next stop was Kh­wai Com­mu­nity area in Botswana and our 3 day sa­fari which, at times, left me in awe as we got up close and per­sonal with leop­ards, ele­phants, lions, (and cubs), hippo’s, ze­bras and many other an­i­mals. One of my high­lights was lis­ten­ing to the sound of the lion roar in the still of the night only 20 me­tres from our tent!

We rode on quad bikes to the mid­dle of the Mak­gadik­gadi Pans, a huge salt pan desert and slept in a swag un­der the bright stars and watched the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion pass over us. At dawn, we were awo­ken by the most beau­ti­ful sun­rise be­fore we jumped back on our quad bikes and headed back to join a fam­ily of Meerkats as they searched for their break­fast!

This hol­i­day was en­er­getic, beau­ti­ful and var­ied. The peo­ple we met, the cul­ture and tra­di­tion we learnt will stay in our hearts for­ever. It has now whet my ap­petite for fur­ther travel to this amaz­ing con­ti­nent.

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