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Q&A with Mark Nolting – What’s New, and What’s Ahead, for AAC’s CEO


This past summer was an especially exciting one for AAC, with numerous awards and personal bests. Travel journalist and AAC blogger Melissa Klurman caught up with Mark Nolting to get his take on an epic summer season, what’s new in the world of safaris, and what’s on Mark’s radar heading into 2016:

 

Q: First, congratulations Mark – being named to both Travel & Leisure's World’s Best Awards and A List of Travel Agents in one summer season – that’s quite an accomplishment!

MN: Thank you – but it’s a group effort – everyone on our safari consulting team at AAC worked incredibly hard, and for a long time, for these achievements. I’m so proud of our senior consultants so an applause to Kyle, Elena, Szilvia, Lynne and Alison.

 

Q: I heard you were in Africa recently -- Where did you travel this summer?

MN: I came back from an amazing trip that took me to South Africa, Victoria Falls, and Botswana. It was so encouraging to hear how hard the people on the ground go about their work each day in the conservation of their natural wildlife resources.

 

Q: What were some of the highlights of your travels?

MN: The newly redone Singita Ebony Camp was a highlight – I got to spend 4 nights (a real treat for me) at this fabulous lodge (it’s a stunner) and I had time with the owner, Luke Bailes, which made it a very special visit as well. I also was there for the changeover of the guides at the end of the month and spend some quality time meeting them all.


 

 

Q: What was your top takeaway from the “new” Ebony?

MN: The family units really stand out, they’re going to be great for our clients: there are two, 2-bedroom suites – and if a family takes over both units, they have exclusive usage of the huge lounge, private bar, and private pool. It’s really something for that stand out family destination.

 

Q: Then where did your African journey take you?

MN: I flew up to Livingstone and Victoria Falls and visited Tongabezi Lodge – they’ve been upgrading the property and it looks stunning – there’s a new lounge on the river; the Nut House, that was really wonderful; and the Dog House, which has a living room and two bedrooms as well as private pool, an ideal fit for families. Hard to believe I was there for my honeymoon 23 years ago just after it had opened! 

 

Q: And then I heard you had a full itinerary in Botswana?

MN: Yes, I was at four different camps run by four different companies – plus I visited a number of other properties in between. I was busy, and thrived on all the exciting projects on the go. Botswana certainly leads the way in Sustainable Tourism many of their camps.  

 

Q: Can you give us the quick report on where you stayed?

MN: First up was Great Plains’ Zarafa – a fantastic camp run by the Jouberts' who have a history of running top-notch camps.

After that it was Baines' and Stanley's, Sanctuary Camps, where there’s an elephant interaction program. And then on to Sandibe, part of &Beyond, which has air conditioning and private pools – it was very comfortable and very well done -  again TOP CLASS. 


I also visited Abu Camp, a Wilderness property. In addition to their elephants (they’re known for their elephant back safaris), I thought the game viewing, both by mokoro and vehicle, was outstanding. The sister camp Seba is a hidden gem.

 

 

 

Q: You’ve experienced some many great guides and wildlife sightings – any on this trip that was new to you?

MN: Actually, I had two sightings that that were completely new to me! At Sandibe, there were two hippos at night having a territorial fight to the death, which was just amazing. And at Zarafa, a young bull elephant, threw a temper tantrum like none I’ve ever seen; flailing so much his front feet came off the ground –it was quite a sight, very funny. He just didn’t quit going on and on, I’ve never seen anything like it.


I made the usual great connections with brilliant guides and use these relationships when planning my extraordinary privately guides trips.

 

Q: Favorite moment?

MN: In Botswana, a helicopter flight transfer – it compares to that first balloon safari. I really loved flying low over the delta waterways– and half way, we stopped on an island for a Moet & Chandon champagne toast.

 

Q: And what about for your next safari? Where do you think you'll go?

MN: Kenya – I have the new Angama Mara opened by Nicky and Steve Fitzgerald (of old CCAfrica and &Beyond) on my list. As well as revisiting Mara Plains and Asilia Naibosho to see the results of their ongoing conservancy work. The Mara is definitely trending for 2016. 

  

Q: What’s on the horizon for 2016?

MN: AAC will be celebrating 30 years in 2016 – February to be exact. I know Alison’s working on something for that, an "Out of Africa" party perhaps? And then there has been a number of ideas to mark the occasion that we’re still floating: new editions of the African Safari Field Guide, Africa's Top Wildlife Countries and the incredible Safari Planning Map; and an AAC led safari by Alison and I (first time ever).

 

 



Welcome back Monica!


We are thrilled to share some photos from Monica’s Family Safari to Tanzania. She visited Ngorongoro, central and northern Serengeti and Ruaha.

 

 

In the words of Monica’s family friends, Ann and Walter, who were travel companions through Tanzania:

 

“Every day was so special and we cannot really say what we liked best.

 

The wildlife and the scenery in Tanzania are incredibly impressive and amazing! Game viewing was way above our expectation and it was worth every second to get up early in the morning! This was just absolute perfect.We were also amazed about your knowledge of all the birds and wildlife and you are such a good observer!

 

Now we are downloading the pictures........thousands........................and are enjoying every moment of this trip over and over again....the wildlife, the scenery, the balloon ride, numbers of breathtaking sunsets and sundawns, the walking safari, the wonderful and friendly staff at the camps, taking care of us and cooking all the delicious meals, the fine wine and drinks and the great guides.

 

In summary it was this exotic nature and the spectales which were presented to us day and night at the Ngorongoro crater, at the Ruaha National Parc and when we moved through the Serengeti, in the wake of the huge herds of animals, we drifted, felt the freedom and the power of nature, because we were part of it!That was our trip to Tanzania, a fantastic country, that impressed us deeply and will remain in our memories.”

 



Welcome back Jessica!


We are thrilled to share some photos from Jessica's Best of Southern Africa Family Safari. She visited Cape Town, Mala Mala and Mashatu.

 

 

We are thrilled to share some photos from Jessica’s Best of Southern Africa Family Safari. She visited Cape Town, Mala Mala and Mashatu.

 

 



Mark Nolting in Botswana


Elephant Whisperer - Mark Nolting has been in Botswana these past 10-days exploring new camps and areas. One of his highlights was his close-up encounters with the elephant families at Stanley’s and Abus camps.

 




​Alison’s Safari Notebook: Elephants at Abu Camp, Okavango Delta


Part #3 of Notebook from Botswana. Here is Alison's insider look at this unique Wilderness Safaris camp:

Meeting the elephants at Abu Camp was one of the most incredible wildlife encounters I’ve had in the bush. Although I’ve ridden elephants many years ago at Amalinda Camp near Matobo Hills, nothing prepared me for the complete immersion of walking with elephants in their natural habitat deep in the bush of Botswana.

 

 

Two of the elephants had guests on their back including Cathy the matriach of the herd. When you ride an elephant, your view is of the bush and elephant ears, but walking at ground level is very exciting and an even more intimate experience, since I could truly see details like their long eyelashes and their large feet right up close. I had the most fun – a huge smile across my face for the entire 45-minute walk. Being beside and behind Shirheni, Gikka, Kitimetse, Lerato, Naya and Paseka does transform your perception of elephants.

 

 

And then we took to the water the next morning! This is when it’s important to know your safari seasons; since I arrived in May, the late autumn (spring back at home), the Okavango Delta water levels were happily nice and high. We were able to go on a mokoro boat excursion while the elephants were in the water moving gallons of water in their wakes. All of my time spent with the elephants at Abu was total joy and bliss, but the mokoro trip was an even a bigger highlight; it was so pretty on the water and a really special way to see the ellies with early morning mist rising off the crystal clear water.

 

 

 

During the remainder of the day the elephants have freedom to roam in the 450,000 acre (180,000 hectare) private concession. A few of the youngsters born in the herd have been successfully released back into the wild.

 

As at all the Wilderness Safaris camps I’ve visited, the staff was exceptional: Wellington is a wise old elephant handler who takes care of the elephants in their boma. He was tending to Naledi while I was there, the youngest in the herd who had a health issue. Charles, a Wilderness Manager, was with me as well during the elephant introductions. And of course, Brooks, a personal favorite guide of Mark and mine, and one of our AAC recommended Wilderness Safaris guides.

 

Another highlight of Abu: some of the best food I’ve ever had on safari. And if you know me, you know I’m a foodie and trained at Cordon Bleu, so that’s especially high praise. Jaimie Rose and Aaron do a fabulous job as Managers of running the camp.

 

Nearby, I was able to visit Seba, a Wilderness Classic Camp also in the Okavango Delta, which was a hidden gem. I’m looking forward to recommending it to clients in the future.

Here are more of my 2015 Botswana adventures: http://www.africa-adventure.com/southern-africa-bush-tails/alison-s-safari-notebook-mombo-vumbura-plains-chitabe-lidabe

And my 2015 visit to Linkwasha Camp in Zimbabwe: http://www.africa-adventure.com/southern-africa-bush-tails/alison-s-safari-notebook-linkwasha-camp-hwange

 



Alison’s Safari Notebook: Mombo, Vumbura Plains, Chitabe Lediba


Here is part #2 of Alison's epic journey to Botswana at Wilderness Safaris Mombo, Vumbura, Chitabe Lediba, and Abu camps, led by one of AAC’s favorite guides, Brooks.  


My adventure started as soon as I landed, when I was met by Brooks who would be my specialist guide to the four different camps in Botswana's Okavango Delta: Mombo, on Chiefs Island in the Moremi Reserve, Chitabe Lediba, which borders Moremi, and Vumbura Plains, and Abu Camp.

 

As soon as I get in the vehicle, Brooks starts tracking – listening to the calls of baboons he knows where predators are lurking, and he takes off in their direction. He’s an amazing tracker, one of the best in the bush. At Chitabe we find usually elusive wild dogs. At Vumbura Plains, we track a cheetah and found where it had taken down an impala, a rutting male oblivious to the danger of the hungry cat headed towards him. Another time he hears a kudu’s alarm calls and arrives in time to see a leopard slinking into the dusk. 

 

 

 

While Brooks and I were out in Botswana, we saw 4 leopard and 3 cheetah (including at Mombo). All fantastic sightings! Also at Chitabe, we saw a young leopard hunting. He was trying to catch a mongoose that fled up a smallish tree. We watched as the leopard growled and rattled the tree – but the mongoose got away and ran up the dead tree next door! Again the leopard flew up the tree in chase and in haste the mongoose fled with a desperate jump down from the end of the branch - and swiftly made off.

 


 

One of the highlights of my Botswana safari, and a completely new experience for me, was a helicopter flip across the Gomoti River. The small helicopter seats just 4 passengers including the pilot, and flies low over the water which gave me outstanding views of hippos both feeding out of the water and also gathering in pods in safety of the water, crocodile basking out on the banks, elephants feeding in the marshes – a completely unique perspective. It felt almost like a balloon safari as I floated over the Delta.I would definitely recommend it to clients so they can get this unusual take on the wide watery Okavango Delta for themselves.

 

 

 

My take on the camps:

 

Vumbura Plains:  Stayed in North Camp this time where Alex is doing great things as Manager.  The ambiance in the rooms is a lovely outreach to the Delta waters outside. Enjoyed the evening soup stop the first evening after a wonderful sighting of their must see - a majestic sable antelope. Huge variety of wildlife and fantastic one stop camp.

 


 

Mombo Main Camp: Stayed in tent #5 again which was looking very safari chic. So pleased to meet up with all the familier guides in camp like Tsile, Doc, Moss, Sefo, OB and Cisco. Huge anticipation in camp of new rhino translocation.  Saw a cheetah in two separate sightings and also 2 leopard sightings of Pula and Big Eyes.  Enjoyed a new wow experience, a wonderful afternoon high-tea spread under two large Acacia trees. 

 


 

Chitabe Lediba:  Love this place for both wildlife and camp friendliness. Believe it or not, was there again to experience Monday boma night - the dancing and singing rocked as usual.  The wild dog sighting was extraordinary; as was another cheetah sighting enroute to Gomoti Camp.  My best 2 leopard sightings ever.  The photo artwork in the rooms by Dave Hamman are exquisite!

 


 

Abu's Camp - coming in part #3



​Alison’s Safari Notebook: Linkwasha Camp, Hwange


Alison is just back from the wilds of the African bush and is sharing her insider look at the newest and most chic lodge in Zimbabwe, Wilderness Safaris Linkwasha Camp:

 

Linkwasha lies in Hwange’s south-eastern corner, on a private Concession. Situated on the same site as the old Linkwasha, the camp is close to the famed Ngamo Plains, which offer fantastic summer game viewing – to add to the already excellent winter viewing.

 


 


 

Overlooking a pan that is a magnet for game across all seasons, the fresh, open and airy design of Linkwasha Camp is complemented by an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors that combine modern décor with the original spirit and essence of safari. The camp focuses on luxury in its eight spacious en-suite tents and one family tent that look out over the waterhole. The main area includes various multi-level decks, a pool area, and a winter lounge complete with library.

 


 

 

Another great aspect of Linkwasha – extraordinary safari guide, Buli!

 


 

Our family has a great history with Buli. On a family safari 5 years ago, Mark and I and our two sons met Buli on his first day as an apprentice ranger in Hwange. We had a wonderful experience with him and truly enjoyed his company in the vehicle. Fast forward to 2015, and Buli is now a top-notch Pro guide in his own right. In addition to guiding with Wilderness Safaris, he also spent two years in the wilds of Orlando, working for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a unique program where Buli was able to see the world and develop an even greater knowledge of the hospitality industry.

 


 

I requested him specifically when I arrived in Linkwasha, and was thrilled with his knowledge and guiding skills. One afternoon we spent several hours at a water hole as we watched hyena and fish eagle both scrambling to catch barbel (African catfish). And after decades going on safari, Buli helped me spot a first, and that was a Martial Eagle, the massive bird of prey, swooping and diving down to the ground at least half a dozen times trying to catch a guinea fowl, the smaller bird squawking and running and eluding the powerful and hungry raptor time after time.

 


 

Hwange is rich with plains games, and with Buli I was able to spot dozens of zebra and loads of giraffe, lots of elephant as well. Even just tracking with Buli was fun – we followed leopard tracks and the call of a splendid sighting of a Caracal cat through the bush until the sunset.

  


 

Another highlight of Linkwasha are the two great managers: Jeremy, and Chedo, who bring some great energy around the camp. 

 


 

I was lucky to also be accompanied by Courtney Johnson (far right), a former Wilderness guide who’s now the operating manager for Wilderness Safaris Zimbabwe properties. Yvonne Christian (with me on the left) and Alex, the chief Wilderness Air pilot (second from right) also were able to enjoy the guiding skills of Buli.

 

Linkwasha is definitely a special place in the bush, and a must visit for any client looking for outstanding accommodations, wildlife, and guiding in Zimbabwe. AAC is excited to offer it as an option on our award winning Eyes on Elephant safari in Zimbabwe: 

 

Read more about Alison’s 2015 Africa adventure, here: http://www.africa-adventure.com/southern-africa-bush-tails/alison-s-safari-notebook-abu-camp-okavango-delta



Mark Nolting Sending a Snapshot from East Africa - December


Tanzania Guide of the Year

Dec 01 - Mark Nolting was on hand in Arusha yesterday to announce George Mollel (far right) as the 2014 Tanzania Guide of the Year! Past winners Mkenda and Hillary were there to congratulate him. Recent clients who havepraised his skills include the Roeslers, Hermans, the Eig family group, the Vegas and the Skinners. Well done George on the continuing tradition of excelling at the highest level as a wildlife naturalist guide.

 

                                  


More East Africa Snapshots from Mark

Nov 28 - Mark is still in the Serengeti. Today they drove from Four Seasons, leaving behind the elephants at the waterhole, and took a driving exploration to Lobo and Bologonja to northern Serengeti along the Mara River. Saw a huge male lion, a cheetah killing a young gazelle and pride of 12 lions, and big pods of hippo in the river. They finished up at Sayari with a fine dessert at dinner!


                   


                 

 

Mark Nolting's East Africa Snapshots…continued

Nov 26 - Mark is sending us more snapshots from the Serengeti with warm wishes for a happy Thanksgiving holiday! The photos tell the story of his explorations as he travels throughout the Serengeti, enjoying many wonderful lodges and the company of top guides along the way.

            

                 

      

                 


                                              


Mark Nolting Sending a Snapshot from East Africa - November

Nov 24 – Mark has reported in from both the luxurious Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and sophisticated Mwiba Serengeti Lodge. He's being guided by Emmanuel Mkenda, a top specialist guide and past winner of the Guide of the Year. During this week he will be visiting more luxury camps and lodges including Pioneer, Kusini, Dunia, Four Seasons, and ending at the stunning Namiri Plains.


                                 

                            

  



Dung Beetles to Gorillas - A Journey to Tanzania and Rwanda by Kyle Witten



Another safari to Tanzania was long overdue and I was excited to experience this incredible safari destination again. Arusha is a bustling hub of activity with streets jammed with cars, safari trucks and a new venture, motorcycle taxis - assemble yourself motorcycles shipped in a box ready for any entrepreneur to start a new business and it seemed everyone in Arusha had the same idea.


I arrived late into JRO and by the time I got to Arusha Coffee Lodge it was around 12:30am. The next morning was an early breakfast  and off to Arusha Airport - for a flight to the Serengeti. Kilimanjaro was clearly visible from the plane window - my first view of this Tanzania icon. We landed and were met by our guide Blessed and took a leisurely 3 hour game drive to Namiri Plains. The camp is in a remote area of the eastern Serengeti – no other vehicles around – it was perfect. The area is a recently opened Cheetah research area and the game did not disappoint. We saw ten different cheetahs over the course of two days and probably 25 lion encountered. Plains game was plentiful. We even saw a bat-eared fox – a first for me.

 

 



I then flew to the northern Serengeti for a night at Lemai Serengeti. We took an afternoon game drive in the Lemai Triangle on the northern side of the Mara River. The landscape is stunning - rolling green grassy plains, expansive views and flat top mountains. Our guide was Lazarus and our first sighting was a leopard tortoise - another first! Our evening game drive was a success - we got the call a rhino was spotted and were off on a Ferrari safari to view a beautiful relaxed black rhino - another first!

 

I returned to Arusha for a night at Legendary Lodge - wow the lodge is beautiful and the rooms are huge! This is perfect all inclusive relaxing spot in Arusha. The next morning it was back to Arusha airport and a flight to Kuro airstrip in Tarangire National Park. We took a slow game drive through the park to get reach our camp – Little Chem Chem. We spotted lion, leopard, elephant, waterbuck, dik dik, reedbuck, zebra, Cape buffalo and wildebeest!

Little Chem Chem is a gem gem. Owner run and managed by Fabia and Nicola they are passionate about their concession that borders Tarangire National Park. They offer morning and afternoon game drives and walking safaris where I saw a dung beetle - another first! We took a late afternoon drive to see a small lion family enjoy their evening dinner - with a few hyena popping up in the distance grass waiting for their turn - which came at about 3:00am with a chorus of howls and cackles right outside my room.

 

Next up was Fabia and Nicola's Chem Chem lodge just down the street on the edge of Lake Manyara.
On the way we stopped at a local school where we met children in grades 4 - 7. We tested their mathematical and geographic skills which was a lot of fun. This is all about the slow safari - we did two walking safaris with our guide and a local Maasai. We dug for scorpions, made a Maasai toothbrush and learned how to start a fire with two sticks all ending with a breath taking sundown on the dry lake bed of Lake Manyara.

 



Our next stop was Mwiba a much lauded new entry in the Serengeti luxury camp market. The main lodge and rooms are stunning - perched over a dry river bed that was dotted with water holes that attracted buffalo and elephant during the day. This area is great for walking with qualified guides and we did a nice walk to one of the natural springs where they have an elevated hide.



On a three night stay you can do an afternoon with the Datoga. They performed a few local songs and then we went into the family's manyata to see how they live - it was an authentic experience - as it can be these days. It was real highlight for everyone. The Datoga were even taking pictures of us taking pictures of them!

 

Our last stop in Tanzania was Gibbs Farm on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We arrived early in the afternoon which gave us enough time to do the 1 hour hike to the elephant caves and waterfall. The hike was short but with the altitude and a couple steep climbs you need to take this one slowly.

Gibbs Farm grows all of own local produce used in the kitchen and much of the milk and cheese are from their own cows. The coffee is grown, dried and roasted on the farm and they produce just enough for the guests of the lodge. Lunch was a fresh assortment of greens, salads and quiches all expertly made.

We used a local guide Maleta who took us the Ngorongoro crater for our game drive. The drive time was about 1 hour from the farm to the crater gate. November is low season so there were few vehicles on the crater floor - we saw everything in a short time except cheetah and leopard. The view to the crater floor dappled with sunlight and quenched by a slow passing rain shower took your breath away - an incredible sight.



 

The last leg of my journey was gorilla trekking in Rwanda. I arrived in Kigali and spent the night at Kigali Serena. A 3:30am wake call for a 4:30am departure to the park entrance. After a brief orientation we were a group of 7 off to trek the Hirwa group. However the Hirwa had other plans and evaded our attempts to catch up with them. Around 1:00pm we relented and got permission from the park to switch groups and found the sabyinyo group at 4:00pm - this was very long day so you have to be prepared - pack plenty of water, snacks, fruit and even a sandwich.

I spent the night a Sabinyo Silverback Lodge. Thank you to Wendy and Finlay for such great hospitality and delish food and hot bath after such a long day and difficult trek. The second trek was much shorter but the terrain was very different. The gorillas were on a steep slope that required you crawl up the mountain side grabbing onto bamboo and vines. The day was bright with sun and blue sky as we hiked through the farm fields and pyrethrum daisy fields to the park boundary - through the mud that attempted to suck the boots right off your feet - reaching the Umubano group. The vegetation was so thick we only saw 4 members but were so close it was incredible.


I stopped for a quick site inspection and clean up at Gorilla Mountain View. My guide Theo and I drove back to Kigali airport to start my long trek back to the states.

This safari to Tanzania was in many ways a safari of firsts - Mt. Kilimanjaro views, bat-eared fox, leopard tortoise, dung beetle, black rhino and gorillas. I visited three areas of the Serengeti ecosystem - no migration sighting but it did not matter, Tanzania wildlife is abundant and I felt thoroughly content with the experience.

The people of Rwanda and Tanzania are so warm and welcoming and eager to share their beautiful country and wildlife with you, I look forward to the next visit - another safari of firsts.

- by: Kyle Witten



10-Day Call of the Wild Safari to Botswana


Shared Mobile Tented Safari to Moremi and the Khwai Concession

Program highlights:
- Enjoy an exclusive experience within the Khwai Concession (bordering the Okavango Delta) and the Moremi Reserve.
- This safari is paced for those who really want to concentrate on photography and game viewing from a vehicle.
                                                                                                                 
Limited walking is offered plus one full day in the Okavango Delta game viewing by boat.
- You use shared luxury mobile campsites in each area, which lessens your eco-imprint and enables you to meet other interesting travelers during mealtime .

This safari to Botswana began with the non stop Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg. I spent the evening at the Southern Sun O. R. Tambo hotel - comfortable accommodation and a very tasty breakfast. The next morning I met with two of our clients and that I had booked on the safari and we made our way by hotel shuttle to the airport. The shuttle was quick and efficient.


We met up with another client and we flew to Maun, Botswana. Air Botswana has a new plane with comfortable leather seating. The overhead bins are VERY small and my back pack back barely fit. Our AAC bags were checked plane side as they are too big for the bins. We arrived in Maun and the Capture Africa reps were there to take your bags and assist us to our charter flight. A quick 25 minutes and we landed and were met by the one and only - Nic Polenakis.

Nic Polenakis on 10-Day Call of the Wild Safari to Botswana

We began game driving to camp around 1:00pm. I was still in my traveling gear so as ked Nic to stop by a tree to change. Pulled on my safari gear and we drove to enjoy two bull elephants eating tree branches. 

About an hour into the game drive I realized that my pants were missing - I had placed them on the floor of the vehicle and they had bounced out. I said ' Nic, I think I have lost my pants' We back tracked to no avail and Nic radioed Dave Carson, who found my pants about 50 feet from the elephants we were watching. 

We continued game driving to camp and arrived just after sunset - by our choice.

Food and drink were very important to us
Food and drink were very important to us

The camp was set up at the Bodumatau site - a path lit by lanterns and dinner awaited our arrival.

The nights in the camp were very active with a lone hyena passing through every night, hippos snorting and gurgling and lions roaring in the background. You did have to work harder for the game in Moremi. 

Bodumatau was his favorite camp.
 Sitting around the fire at 5:30am                                                     Bodumatau was his favorite camp.

How could I forget the 7 hour cheetah vigil - eating lunch in our laps - waiting for him to come out from the bush. After about the 4th hour we were all suffering but could not leave the sight, after all if we left the cheetah would come out.

We moved to Kwai after 3 nights by a LONG road transfer starting with the boat ride on the Delta. The Kwai region is flooded in areas and resembles a land water camp.


There is a very large hole to the right -which we avoided There is a very large hole to the right -which we avoided
There is a very large hole to the right -which we avoided

Kwai delivered - big time. Wild dog, roaring lions, leopa rd, hyenas mating in our kitchen, wild dog at sunset appearing at the pop of the champagne cork, viewing elephant splashing in mud hole. Kwai offers walking with the guide and we walked through mopane in search of elephant. Through the thick leaves

Nic's keen eye spotted water glistening on elephant skin. We were off - power walking through low trees to find the elephants. Can you hide a two ton beast behind a 5 foot tall Mopane? - Yes you can! Nic got us very close. We sat and watch the elephants play in t he mud and splash each other cooling in the heat of the day.


Enjoying a morning coffee and walk to see elephant
Enjoying a morning coffee and walk to see elephant

There he is!
There he is!

Nic "Now if the elephant turns and walks this way, just enjoy it!" Well he did turn and "walked this way" and our handy national park escort was no where to be seen, crouched behind a termite mound.

10-Day Call of the Wild Safari to Botswana


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