By John Eby
Poaching white rhinos for their horns as an aphrodisiac popular in Japan, China and Korea reduced numbers to eight guarded around the clock. There are too many animals in Botswana national parks for vegetation to support, which is why elephants appear gaunt and impalas eat shrubs they dislike.
Fish eagles from a distance look like American bald eagles.
It’s a 22-hour flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Johannesburg, South Africa, but luxurious accommodations await in Zambia and Botswana, each room decorated around a city theme. Barbara Cook of Sumnerville stayed in “Paris.”
A sitting area awaited at each floor along the staircase.
“It’s breathtakingly beautiful,” she said.
Though she talked to Cass County Historical Society June 18 about her 10-day safari, she returned to Africa in January to see Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa and Namibia and poverty that convinced her “how blessed we are. Mozambique doesn’t have enough schools, so they go in three shifts. All the kids have to wear uniforms. I took a picture of a little boy wearing his sister’s” — a skirt, blouse and carried a pink knapsack. “They walk several miles because parents think education is so important. We in this country don’t take education seriously enough. They see this as the only chance they have to improve their lot in life.”
To cross from Zambia to Botswana requires a boat trip.
There are four ferries, so trucks sometimes wait two weeks. More....