Wa­ter­ski­ing in the bundu

The Strauss fam­ily lives in Fran­cis­town and the wilder­ness is their play­ground (also see page 44). Th­ese pho­tos made us take a sec­ond look when they first ap­peared on In­sta­gram…

go! Botswana - - ACCOMMODATION GUIDE - PIC­TURES ADRI­AAN & KRISTA STRAUSS Fol­low Krista and Adri­aan on In­sta­gram: @_kris­ta_s­trauss and @adri­aan_s­trauss

The Strauss chil­dren, Adri­aan (16) and Krista (14), al­ways take their GoPro along on their ad­ven­tures. Over the Easter week­end in 2017, the fam­ily drove the Hunter’s Road – an old track north of Fran­cis­town once used by big game hun­ters, which roughly fol­lows the bor­der be­tween Botswana and Zim­babwe.

Richardt Strauss, Adri­aan and Krista’s fa­ther, ex­plains: “We knew there would be lots of water af­ter late-sum­mer rains, so we took an in­flat­able boat and wa­ter­skis along. We fig­ured if the water was too deep to drive through, it would be per­fect for a boat!

“We hacked our way through dense bush and even­tu­ally reached a pan that was full of water. We set up camp right there, and skied and played on the water for the rest of the week­end and never got around to driv­ing the rest of the route.

“As res­i­dents of Botswana, we have ac­cess to most con­ser­va­tion trust ar­eas, like con­ces­sions and for­est re­serves. We’re also al­lowed to camp in th­ese ar­eas, whereas South Africans and other for­eign vis­i­tors may only travel through with a guide.

“That said, we al­ways make sure that an area is safe be­fore we visit. We planned to drive the Hunter’s Road again in May 2017, un­til we heard that the Botswana army was busy track­ing down poach­ers.

“Hunter’s Road is a re­mote and spec­tac­u­lar route and it al­ways draws us back. Is there any­thing bet­ter than spend­ing time to­gether around a lead­wood fire?”

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