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Botswana: Tuli, Makgadikgadi and Maun (Episode #602)

KQED Life: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 5:00 PM

Equitrekking TV host Darley Newman travels to Botswana, Africa to explore local villages, ancient cultures and wildlife on safari. Starting in Tuli an area known as the "Land of the Giants" because of its larger than life natural attractions, Darley stays in eco-friendly safari camps and rides horses to view the zebra and wildebeest herds that dot these wild savannahs. In the nearby village of Motlhabaneng, Darley gets a locals tour of traditional homes and meets the village chief, who gives the production crew permission to film with one of Botswana's top basket weavers. Hopping aboard a small plane, Darley travels northwest to one of the largest salt pans in the world, the Makgadikgadi Pans. There, she follows in the footsteps of 19th century pioneering explorers, like David Livingstone, to discover desert adapted wildlife and have a harrowing gallop with a herd of zebra and wildebeest. Visiting an area landmark, Chapman's Baobab, and camping under the stars, viewers are taken far away from technology and civilization for a brief respite from the modern world. Finally, in the frontier village of Maun, Darley visits a lodge and private game reserve accessible to all levels of riders, even kids, and visits a new, sustainable cultural center that's allowing the arts to thrive in Maun.

Botswana: Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans (Episode #601)

KQED Life: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 5:00 PM

Equitrekking host Darley Newman takes viewers on a journey through one the last great wilderness areas, Botswana's Okavango Delta, and the lunar-like Makgadikgadi Pans, meeting the wildlife and people, which make Botswana such a special Southern African nation. In the Okavango Delta, one of the largest inland deltas in the world, Darley rides horses with the locals to view giraffes and wildebeests and gets charged by an elephant. You never know what's around the bend while island hopping and horse riding through the waterlogged highways of the Okavango Delta, making horses one of the best ways to explore this natural area. Out of the saddle, Darley goes fishing in a hippo pool and tries the freshest fish she's ever tasted, immediately cooking what she's captured on a secluded island under one of Africa's majestic and legendary baobab trees. Next, Darley takes a jeep and boat tour to watch elephants go about their daily routine. After taking a peaceful trip in a mokoro, a long slender canoe that's great for getting around the Okavango Delta, Darley travels to the vast, dazzling Makgadikgadi Pans, an ancient lake the size of Switzerland. Researchers believe that it was once one of the biggest inland lakes in Africa, but it dried up, likely because of climate change or a seismic shift. Darley lets viewers in on a once in a lifetime trek with our distant ancestors-- a hike with the San, an ancient tribe from which some scientists believe all people are descended. Finally, Darley visits a local meerkat colony, learning how these fascinating creatures survive using teamwork and ending her journey through Botswana.

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