PHOTOS Few roads traverse the land known as Botswana and what’s on them is surprising.
Wide swaths are allocated to the few roads that link the handful of populated areas in Botswana. Once off the main north – south or east – west highway potholes and corrugated gravel or sand tracks are the norm. As are donkeys, goats, horses and cattle grazing alongside, if you’re lucky, or standing on, if you’re not.
Unlike neighboring South Africa where people abound and spill out onto the roads Botswana remains, how most of us imagine Africa… Wide open bush for miles. We even saw evidence of elephants (broken trees and dung) and those huge dark blobs in the distance turned out to be ostriches right along the main high way.
However, with all the expanse the animals seen along the road are of the domestic not wild kind…. though wait… folks tell us that Botswana still boasts more wildlife roaming free than most neighboring countries. Just today I got word that a pride of seven lions were in trouble as they’d found a prize bull outside the kraal a few nights back and of course made a meal of him.
Human-wildlife conflicts between farmers and lion abound we’re told and projects using lights are being tried, as much to keep the cattle and the lions alive. Although totally against killing lions for killing livestock, I’ve gained a new respect for living with lions or elephants for that matter.
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