Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk212-Expanse

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expanse

a wide continuous area of something.
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If we had visited Botswana’s

Lekhubu Island

a little over 10,000 years ago…

…we would have been in the middle of

Lake Makgadikgadi,

which covered an area ranging

between 80,000 and 275,000 square kilometres

(or, 30,888 to 106,178 sq miles)

and was up to 30 metres deep.

In 2014, however, it was simply acre upon acre of salt

with the rocky out crop known as Lekhubu Island

the only visible destination.

 

For 360 degrees all we could see was nothing

and yet I would still recommend it as

an overnight stop just to experience

this vast expanse of solitude.

The sunset and sunrise were glorious.

 

The drive out was a little more interesting

with various trees and villages sighted…

…but still the expanse of that salt lake

was always lurking on the horizon.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk212 – Expanse

FOWChallenge-Horizon

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horizon

the line at which the earth’s surface and the sky appear to meet.

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An afternoon whirlwind briefly appeared

on the horizon the afternoon

we are arrived at Lekhubu Island…


…which is located in Sua Pan among

the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

in Botswana.

Next morning the same

North Eastern Kalahari Desert 

horizon produced this sunrise.

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FOWChallenge-Camp

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camp

a place with temporary accommodation of huts, tents, or other structures,
typically used by soldiers, refugees, or travelling people

Some Botswana campsite images.

LeKhubu Island campsite in Botswana.

 

Several times we had…

 

…locals pass by our campsite during the night.

One or two came really close

on their scavenger hunt.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Camp

 

 

 

Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk196-

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Islands.   

My first thoughts were of Australia

because of its status as the island continent. 

New Zealand was a fast finishing second

because we visited in 2018.However, I opted for Lekhubu Island which is located

somewhere in the Sua (or Sowa) Salt Pan

in the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana’s

Kalahari Desert.  

Lekhubu Island has two main features.   

First, it rises above the surrounding salt pans by a few metres. 

Second, is its Baobab trees


 And possibly third, it appeared to have

a clear horizon for 360 degrees.

Several photos have been roughly stitched together

to form this panoramic shot of

our drive into Lekhubu Island.

 

 

 

The salt pans dried up several thousand years ago.

Back then the scene may have looked a bit like this.

However, according to Google there is still water

in these pans during the summer wet  season.

We visited in September.

The drive over the pan lasted several hours.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk196_Island