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Travel reviews by Mr Greg M from USA

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Total number of trips

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Countries visited

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Lodges stayed in

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Namibia/Botswana 2018

Botswana between 18 Aug 2018 and 21 Aug 2018

Trip rating: Excellent
"We visited a wonderful combination of hunting and photo safari camps that not only provide outstanding experiences, but serve to illustrate how important BOTH are to sustaining/maintaining the value of so many wildlife species and the habitats upon which they depend."

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We were not involved in arranging the hunting element of this trip, as Expert Africa only arranges photographic safaris.


Khwai Tented Camp

Khwai Tented Camp

"Khwai Tented Camp August 18-21, 2018"

3 nights Arrived 18 Aug 2018
"Nice camp, minimal number of tents (6) but a bit too close together for our liking, in an attractive setting (although there was no visible surface water in the adjacent pools in front of the tents while we were there). Transport arrangements with Mack Air from/back to Maun were excellent. The staff paid good attention to detail, provided wonderful service and extras including a wonderful welcome, dinners served outdoors, in the boma, singing/dancing...all were very enjoyable. Wildlife drives (in new/beautiful/well maintained vehicles) were completed twice a day, with good emphasis to make sure all guests got to see highlight species (leopard, wild dogs, lions, hyena with pups, etc.) while also making an effort to see different parts of the area on each drive. Our guide was very knowledgeable/experienced and worked hard to give us great drives, though had a tendency to go for the "home run" photo location from the start, rather than work our way into position in a series of stops that allowed the animal some adjustment time....only cost us really one great opportunity on a lioness, who may not have been as habituated as the female leopard (Blue Eyes) to such activity.

We were last in the Khwai River area in 2007, at Khwai River Lodge, then owned by Orient Express and now by Belmond I understand. It was too large a camp (I recall 12 tents but now I learn they have 15!) and that is just too many for us to have a fly-in/wilderness experience. Overall, there seemed to be more human activity in the area, more vehicles patrolling around, numerous vehicles to a desired sighting in a very short time, large group of yellow-hatted individuals across the river one day on some sort of field outing, planes flying in/out of the airstrip on a frequent basis, Moremi reserve a bit run down/over used with baboons trashing mobile camp sites daily, etc. At one point in Moremi I took a picture of a lion that looked like the "Pied Piper" as there was a long line of vehicles following him or trying to get ahead of him (in a cloud of dust) that kind of ruined the experience and made us feel bad/uncomfortable and we pulled out (though we were the first ones to spot him) and went another direction. Given our numerous past trips to southern Africa, maybe we need to go further into the Delta next time...."
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Facilities
Good

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