John and Suzanne Taylor - Botswana Safari December 2010
Any apprehension of undertaking our first trip to central Africa was swept away as soon as we set down in a small clearing in the central Kalahari and were welcomed by Kwando, our hosts for the next 8 days. The Safari exceeded Sue’s and my expectations and has been a continuous talking point since our return.
The knowledge and experience of the guides and trackers enhanced our safari adventure and the friendliness of all the camp staff, their assistance and cooking meals to meet our dietary needs made the trip a very rewarding and enjoyable experience that will be warmly remembered for years to come. When can we go again?
Our trip overlapped the change in seasons and we were able to see and appreciate a changing landscape from the burnt out bush to the flocks of butterflies darting about amongst the new growth. Though it may appear empty it was full of life and the changing textures in landscape, the bushwalk with Scupa enhanced our appreciation of the area.
A vast grass plain dotted with small herds of hoofed mammals was rewarded by several close encounters with cheetahs and lions not to mention the emerging of swarms of flying termites at dusk after the first rain storms of the season.
Visited by lions at sundowners Kwara provided a striking contrast to Nxai and Tau Pan with its numerous lagoons and water ways and succulent green growth and taller trees and abundant wildlife. A mokoro ride, bush walk, high speed boating on the waterways to watch the changing colours of the setting sun and the drives in the open jeeps off road rewarded us with very close encounters with African wildlife.
A hunt with wild dogs, being amongst a herd of elephants and the vast number of other mammals and birds capped off a wonderful Safari.
We appreciated the match of the safari to our interests especially as we had found many tour operators discouraging about travelling to the Kalahari so we were pleased you listened to our interests. The pitch of the safari –the mix of comfort and adventure was just right for us. Kwando was consistently friendly and efficient and we enjoyed the isolation of the lodges. The flights between the lodges were excellent and we were pleased to also do some walking and the boat trips. We found the whole tour worked like clockwork and we would be very keen to do a similar trip either again in Botswana or other areas of Southern Africa. Thanks for organising the trip and especially the emergency message to reach us at Tau Pan.
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The Safari exceeded Sue’s and my expectations and has been a continuous talking point since our return.
John and Suzanne Taylor
We appreciated the match of the safari to our interests especially as we had found many tour operators discouraging about travelling to the Kalahari so we were pleased you listened to our interests. The pitch of the safari –the mix of comfort and adventure was just right for us. Thanks for organising the trip and especially the emergency message to reach us at Tau Pan.
John & Suzanne Taylor