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6 of the best things to do in Botswana
1. Get to know the desert king The vast Central Kalahari Game Reserve, more of a wilderness area than a game park, protects rare populations of red hartebeest, wildebeest, oryx, ostrich, springbok, eland, hyena, and even wild dog. The Kalahari lion, however, is the true star of the show. You're more likely to hear a Kalahari lion than see one. Their roars provide the soundtrack to every desert evening, whether you sleep under the stars or in a luxury lodge. Finding the elusive lions is only half the fun. You have the option of going on a four-wheel-drive safari or hiring a private guide and tracker. For a real adventure, try searching for lions on the back of a horse with Bushmen guides. You will never forget your first encounter with these magnificent beasts. It will undoubtedly be up close and personal. 2. Float through the Delta Exploring the Okavango's vast, stretching water trails in one of its ubiquitous mokoros (dugout canoes) is not only a slow, stealthy, and immensely satisfying way to search for wildlife, but it also connects you with the culture of the delta's indigenous San people. The Bugakhwe and Xanekwe Bushmen have traditionally poling narrow dugout canoes through the delta's maze of reed-fringed channels on fishing, hunting, and plant-gathering trips. Gliding inches above the water's surface, you get a different perspective on the Okavango, peering into the bright chalices of water lilies, ducking through lush plumes of papyrus, or marvelling at the vast scale of the delta as you cross an open lagoon. Mokoro safaris are ideal for birdwatching because there is no engine noise; you may also spot other rarely seen creatures, such as amphibians and insects. Slipping silently past big game, such as elephants drinking at the water's edge or a herd of lechwe splashing through the shallows, will keep you spellbound. If you want to go somewhere right now, remember that the world is changing . So travel the world, book a Botswana tripor to any other country like South Africa. Live your best life today. 3. Get to Know the Bushmen The Kalahari San are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa. They've been eking out a living in this vast, dry land for at least 20,000 years, gaining an incredibly intimate and detailed understanding of the area and how to live in it. And, despite the fact that their way of life has changed dramatically in recent years, this knowledge is still passed down to younger generations and shared with visitors who seek out the San. Even a short walk in the desert with the Bushmen is an education you will never forget. You'll learn how to extract water from underground tubers, set traps for guinea fowl, and read the plethora of footprints in the sand. Wildlife sightings are almost guaranteed - a bushman's life depends on it. Be cautious. The modern world is rapidly approaching, and the reality of life for the Bushmen does not correspond to the romanticised image that most people have. However, these individuals have thousands of years of accumulated knowledge that is worth seeking out. 4. Look for Botswana's lesser-known treasures. The Okavango Delta and the Kalahari are undoubtedly the crown jewels of Botswana, but the country's other National Parks are also well worth visiting. Chobe National Park is one of the best in the subcontinent during the dry season. The Linyanti and Chobe permanent rivers in the north have dense concentrations of game. Large herds of elephants and buffalo are almost always present, and Chobe can appear to be an impossibly beautiful backdrop. Don't pass up Nxai Pan. It consists of a series of wide, grassy plains dotted with acacia bushes and is popular with giraffes all year. When it rains, massive herds of springbok, Burchell's zebra, red hartebeest, and blue wildebeest migrate to both, accompanied by predators. If you time your visit correctly, you will be able to witness the annual spectacle of thousands of zebras and wildebeest passing through Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks. 5. Pay a visit to the 'Louvre of the Desert.' Tucked away in Botswana's far north-west, the rocky outcrops of the Tsodilo Hills have one of the world's highest concentrations of rock art. According to Unesco, there are over 4,500 paintings crammed into a 10-square-kilometer area. Tsodilo Hill's rock paintings (Shutterstock.com) Tsodilo Hill's rock paintings (Shutterstock.com) The paintings appear to date from the Stone Age to the nineteenth century and depict the relationship between the locals and the harsh environment in which they live. Tsodilo is still revered as a place of worship by the local Hambukushu and San communities, who see it as a home for ancestral spirits. During your visit, always be respectful. 6. Go crazy and spoil yourself Botswana's private safari camps combine the best of both worlds. They are almost always found near wildlife hotspots. And the majority of them provide incredible levels of luxury that perfectly complement their stunning natural settings. Moremi Game Reserve, located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, is a good place to start. With only 14 en-suite tents between them, Khwai Tented Camp and Machaba Camp are typical of the Okavango's intimate camps. Surrounding Moremi Game Reserve is a patchwork of private reserves with small, exclusive camps and more flexible rules - you can go off-road and add night drives, walks, and horseback riding to your safari. Elephant safaris are also available at Lavish Abu Camp, where you can walk through the bush with a family of previously captive elephants that have been released back into the wild.
Do you have a vision for your farm?
Where do you see your farm or agriculture business in five to 10 years? At a recent meeting, Bob Hendershot offered these quick tips for developing a vision, setting some goals and managing your farm or business. 1.Resources One of the first steps in farm planning is identifying the resources you have to make your operation successful. Identify all potential costs and financial resources. What are your interests? What do you want to grow/raise/do with your farm? Is there a market for it, will it be profitable and will it work on your farm? Who will help you on your farm? Is your family supportive of your endeavor? Which kind of farm machinery should you purchase ? Peanut sheller machine or corn thresher machine ? 2.Goals Goal setting is critical. Without goals, some spend their entire life planning and getting nothing accomplished. Goals should be “SMART” (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound). Set benchmarks (within a year) for measuring success toward a specific goal. 3. Management How you manage your farm and resources can make or break you. Determine what your management skills are by considering these questions: What interferes or limits your management ability? Where is your time best spent? What management chore generates the most potential return or revenue? What is the breakdown of your time spent on various jobs? Are there others in the operation that can do certain jobs or manage certain tasks better than you? 4Final thoughts Why are you doing this? Is it a hobby or a business? It is fun to have a hobby that makes money, said Hendershot. Analyze your personal time: Do you have time for this new venture? What will you have to give up to do it? Communicate with your team: Who will do what tasks? What needs to be done, when and where will it get done, and how will it get done? Plan, plan and re-plan: You don’t have to wait until the end of the year to review your farm goals or plans. Observe how your business is following through with certain tasks and be prepared to make adjustments to your plan on the fly.
"Wildest Dreams" is not racist despite the claims!
"Wildest Dreams" is not "glamorizing white colonialism". When NPR called out Taylor Swift's new music video "Wildest Dreams" as being racist and glamorizing white colonialism, Swift's director fired back. Joseph Khan, the director of the film, had no issue with addressing the criticism. Swift was undoubtedly thrilled to introduce her new music which could be the most elaborate and shockingly gorgeous music videos to date. It takes place in 1950's Africa where a love affair takes place between Swift and hunky Scott Eastwood. The music video premiered at the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday, Aug. 30. Swift even got to introduce the music video herself! However minutes after the video had ended on live television, fans from around the world took to social media (predominantly Twitter) to show their support or dismay of the video. On one side, fans were in awe of how gorgeous the video was proving her cinematic taste was flawless. The other side immediately criticized her for the lack of any African-American actors in the video that took place in Africa. Some believe it promoted colonialism which is a very dark aspect of African culture. However, the director still has claimed this was not the intent or reality. The Full Statement from Khan to NPR: “Wildest Dreams” is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives. This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa,1950. There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott. The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few. The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man. We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historicially inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work. There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography. Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet there have been many music videos depicting Africa. These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people. *Swift has yet to make a personal comment. You be the judge. This isn't the first mega superstar that Khan has worked with. His amazing list of stars is as followed : Britney Spears, Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Destiny's Child, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, and Maroon 5. Swift adds to his impressive resume and it will be no surprise who he makes a video for next (definitely another A-lister). So what do you think? Do you think the video had racist undertones?