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Kwadiwa Ranch, an impressive panorama of a tranquil sanctuary

GABORONE, Botswana, December 11,2018/ — We should explore, because the universe we live in is a wondrous place, with endless surprises to behold. Some exposed and some hidden, and you can glance at these treasures in Botswana.

Traveling and exploring the cosmic sceneries of this beautiful country dubbed Botswana has become one of my awe-inspiring attributes.

As an avid traveller, writer, blogger and photographer, I’ve come to appreciate that Botswana is not only a landlocked country in Southern Africa, with a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods but it is rather a whole new level of sensory indulgence awaiting to be experienced.

The tantalizing and mouth-watering dishes, unrivalled landscapes and exquisite cultures makes Botswana a perfect destination full of limitless discoveries.

Just recently, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) – a company which provides,develops, operates, and manages national and international telecommunications services in Botswana offered me a coveted opportunity to travel and rejoice beyond the boundaries and enjoy the charm of our magnificent country, courtesy of their current campaign, aptly tagged, #ConnectingBatswana #SummerDintshang#LiveConnected.

For many city dwellers,whom I often refer to as ‘city slickers’, the festive season mean a quick exit out of the bustling city to a more serene, quaint or simply off-the-beaten track – where everyone yearns to wallow in a cool pool clutching an  ice-old drink, or two.

BTC is currently running a travel and explore Botswana inspired campaign dubbed #ConnectingBatswana, where one (1) lucky subscriber, aged 18 and older stands a chance to win an all-expenses paid holiday in any of Botswana’s scenic tourism areas including three (3) of their friends.

Powered by BTC and supported by Brand Botswana, the competition requires BTC subscribers to, “Recharge with P30 or more and subscribe to Live Social Bundles for either 1 week or 1 month. Share a picture of yourself at any unique place in Botswana and stand a chance to WIN amazing prizes. All participants must be 18 years of age an above.”

We were happy to join the first winner of this competition, Lampy Ngake together with his three friends on a tranquil stay at Kwadiwa Ranch – a newly built Safari Lodge situated on the bank of the majestic Limpopo River, cradled in the heart of the wild Tuli Block of Botswana, near Bainsdrift. 

The inspired journey started off at the BTC head office, Megaleng in Gaborone, where the winners were treated like royalty, red carpet style, bubbly flowing as the BTC staff gathered to give the winners a richly deserved send-off. 

Off we went, until we made a layover at the now famed Tropic of Capricorn, where we froze a few moments and snapped some fascinating selfies.

The soothing journey between Gaborone and Mahalapye was truly pleasant, with the four hosted guests chatting about this and that,and excited about what to expect during their weekend away.

Our host for the weekend was BTC’s Laone Moatlhodi and the driver, Mr. A (short for Amen), who in between his soft-spoken bespectacled personality told me he hailed from Bogogobo, in the Kgalagadi District.

We made yet another stopover at Cresta Mahalapye Hotel where the BTC royal treatment continued. Lampy and crew found yet another red carpet moment with the staff at Cresta having lined up cheerfully with more champagne and wet rolled towels for the hosted quartet to use as face wipes, a well-deserved treat considering the usually scorching Botswana  temperatures.

Lunch was served and we all indulged in a perfect blend of stylish luxury, informality and excellent local cuisine.

The Cresta menu ranged from pounded lamb meat (seswaasa nku), bogobe, pap, fried chicken, fish, Greek salad, fresh vegetables,beetroot salad and sweet course. A couple of spoons later, our gastric juices having played their role, we got on the road, with 3 hours 18 minutes remaining before we could reach our destination via Palapye.

Well, with everyone now fully satiated, and it being a #TGIF, we all looked forward to our weekend escape,where upon arrival after driving through meandering roads found the vivacious Kwadiwa Ranch staff waiting, ready to be our hosts for the weekend. We had dinner, hung around by the fire, only for a few minutes though before we all retired to our respective rooms knackered by the long drive.

I was startled out of bed the next morning of Saturday by the grunting sound of hippos in the nearby Limpopo River. I joined my colleagues and we all enjoyed some scrumptious traditional English breakfast (bacon, fried, fried or scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, toast, baked beans and sausages).

Our entire morning was all at leisure and we snapped a few moments around Kwadiwa Ranch’s pool area as well as enjoying the serene ambiance brought about by the nearby Limpopo River, where we could see some Hippopotamus and crocodiles enjoying the sun, whilst sundry birds chirped and sung with an occasional cricket punctuating the tranquil mood.

Lampy and crew were treated to some lunch in the bush before heading out on a truly inspired game drive around Kwadiwa Ranch, where migrating populations of wildebeest, impala, kudu and zebra are prevalent thanks to the Tuli area having very few fences.

Lampy and crew were able to spot Botswana’s flora and fauna, including a few warthog, hippos, crocodiles and elephants and zebras.

The place is also fortunate enough to have the predator lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and African wild dog as permanent inhabitants of the area too.

Our inner explorer surely came out as we discovered all the magic Kwadiwa Ranch has to offer!

BTC subscribers, don’t forget to Recharge with P30 or more and subscribe to Live Social Bundles for either 1 week or 1 month. Share a picture of yourself at any unique place in Botswana and stand a chance to WIN amazing prizes. All participants must be 18 years of age an above.

The next trip could be you! 

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