When Ralph and Susan from Toronto called us about planning a two week safari to Botswana we agreed that they should focus on just three excellent camps in completely contrasting locations. They stayed at one camp in the semi desert, one in the watery Okavango Delta and finished in the rich savannah plains of Linyanti. They said
“Your basic plan was ideal – four nights in each of three different locations giving us a very interesting mix of terrain and wildlife. . . The wildlife was, of course, magnificent. The lion family with four cubs, and the leopard dragging a freshly killed impala up a tree for a feast were particular highlights and the elephant dining outside our room (Kwetsani) and the hippos dunking during dinner time (Dumatau) were also memorable. But strangely, I found that the peaceful moments were perhaps the most wonderful – quietly watching a mini migration of springboks in the Kalahari, and the cubs playing for a long time, the mokoro trip, being mesmerized by the sunrise and sunset etc. In fact the skies and the sense of distance made a huge impression.”
Ralph and Susan comments show just how important the safari design process is. They wanted to spend quality time savouring the experience, so we slowed the whole trip down for them – and it worked beautifully. A Botswana safari is ideal if you’re looking for privacy, huge open spaces, a variety of activities and enormously abundant wildlife. In peak season it is one of the most expensive locations – for obvious reasons. Yet at some times of year, like February when Ralph and Susan travelled the prices are very attractive and the game viewing excellent. They commented
“The lodges were by no means full – our numbers ranged between four and eight guests plus staff. This was just fine with us, as we got to know the staff much better, and for most of our game drives, the two of us had the guide to ourselves. So going in the green/low season has real advantages.”
We know that meticulous planning and attention to detail are the difference between a good holiday and a terrific one. Ralph said
“We didn’t have to worry about a thing. All the employees were really friendly and helpful, and all the guides were terrific. We had a lot of fun with them all. And they gave us special treatment on occasion: on Valentine’s Day and Susan’s birthday, they set up candlelight dinners for just the two of us on the decks of our rooms.”
If you’d like a safari like this just contact us. We’ll listen to your interests and dreams and create a holiday of a lifetime just for you.