Our safari travel planner worked WITH us to design a trip to Botswana to meet our goal of getting close to large African animals in their natural setting. He suggested 3 different tent camps, each in a different landscape and each providing different opportunities to view wildlife. This was a great suggestion. He organized every step of the trip, from lodging to flights and land transportation. Each step went exactly as planned. We posted reviews of the 3 camps on Trip Advisor. Here's text from one:
Accommodations, food and staff all exceeded our expectations. Our guide was phenomenal – knowledgeable of the animals’ natural histories, behaviors, and where to find them. He worked tirelessly to make our experience special. We were surprised by the abundance, diversity and accessibility of the animals – elephants and lions within feet of our land cruiser. We were told that wild dogs are rare, but our guide found a pack of adults and pups. Highlight of the trip was an excursion to the Savuti, where our guide found 19 lions including 3 brothers, two lionesses with five cubs feeding on an impala taken that morning, and another group of four lionesses with cubs. A fascinating scene of wild dogs circling near large male lions. He also found a leopard stalking impala then resting in a tree. Lunch in the bush just near a breeding herd of elephants bathing in a water hole. On the ride to the airstrip we watched a large herd of cape buffalo plowing across a water channel. Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, impala, waterbuck, hippo, leopard, elephant, lion, wild dog, cape buffalo, hyena, ostrich, baboon, red lechwe, jackal, phenomenal birds. A five-star experience all around.
We were surprised by the abundance, diversity, and accessibility of animals. Each game drive brought surprises -- wild dogs and hyenas with pups, lions mating, a pair of lionesses with five 3-week old cubs, a boat excursion ending in a lagoon with 17 hippos, a large bull elephant blocking our view to breakfast in camp while he shook a palm tree to knock down nuts, a large herd of cape buffalo racing across a channel, the iconic scene of a leopard draped over a tree limb, lion cubs playing like kittens. The staff at each camp was cheerful and filled with smiles.
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