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This is Botswana. Steve and two complete strangers fixing Toto, who had two rear bushings improperly installed, resulting in the entire back axle shifting forward. We started two years ago with the kindness of strangers and we end that way. This is typical of the kindness and character of Batswana. Not only are they helping fix the truck, they said “my home is your home.” #botswana #botswanaisbest #payitforward #totothelandrover #kindnessofstrangers #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #botho #roadsidemechanic #landroverlife #landroverdefender #defender110 #onelifeliveit
After two weeks in the shop, major parts replacements, and more money than we should have spent, we spent our 18th anniversary swapping the brake pads that were improperly installed and trying to fix the bushings that were brand new as of yesterday. Posted up at SOS Children’s Village thanks to the kindness of a Motswana who spent his ENTIRE afternoon under the truck with Steve. Tomorrow, we start over. #happyanniversary #kindnessofstrangers #rollwiththepunches #landrover #defender110 #africaoverland #overlandafrica #overland #torothelandrover
We left Gabs this morning. Our farewell tour of Botswana begins as do many of our trips these days - with Toto on the side of the road and Steve with a wrench and manual. #landroverlife #cliche #landrover #defender110 #roadsiderepair #noreallyitsfine #readthemanual #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #totothelandrover

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Welcome to Beasts of Botswana, an occasional series where we profile some of our favorite furred, feathered, scaled, and leafed friends here in southern Africa. We are not naturalists by any stretch, but we like to give a nod and a fist bump to the creatures that make living here so amazing. This week, the southern yellow-billed hornbill – photos by Julie, words by Steve.

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Hornbills are one of our favorite African birds for two reasons: they are both curious and patient.

They are curious enough that they don’t scare easily, and patient enough to be exceptionally photogenic. The yellow-billed hornbill’s ramrod posture, tiny legs, and side-eye gaze give it the air of an Oxford Don. A very dusty one. It roosts and nests in the shorter trees of the southern African woodlands.

This is a confident bird, and he is not spooked easily. They spend most of their time on the ground foraging for whatever food they can find. A true omnivore, they consume the spectrum of edibles, from seeds to small lizards. As a result, it also tends to hang around the big mammals in the Botswana velds and deserts – so when you encounter a hornbill, it’s not unusual to run across larger, if less dignified, creatures.

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