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  • Hello Michele, we want to thank you for organising our extraordinary safari adventure in Southern Africa. Everything that we had planned worked seamlessly and efficiently in all three countries, including eleven airplanes (+helicopter), multiple lodges and hotels over nearly three weeks. We saw and experienced everything we could imagine for Africa and came home exhilarated (and healthy). A special delight were the staff at all the lodges in Botswana, who seemed so happy to meet with us, spend personal time with us, and treated us like honoured family guests. Our game viewing drives covered all manner of terrain and close up encounters with so many animals and birds in their natural surroundings, that we took over 900 photographs combined. The expert and knowledgeable guides soon became new friends. The food and accommodations were first class and individually special everywhere. We were busy the whole time, and the places you chose presented an exotic variety of experiences.
    Some additional comments that did not detract from our delightful safari:
    * Night game drives with searchlights were OK, but somehow seemed intrusive and not too productive.

    * Nights and predawn drives were indeed cold despite hot water bottles, lush bedcovers, and vehicle blankets so we were happy to be there in June not August. We came well prepared with warm clothes, scarves and gloves and needed them on highway game drives – we were surprised how cold those cottages with screens, Kanana and Okuti, were at night and early morning. The low temperature was 0 degrees Centigrade one morning and no higher than 10 degrees on other days.

    * Victoria falls was extraordinary but so full of mist that a later date would have been better (my error). The helicopter ride provided an expanded view, but seemed rather expensive.
    Again, we congratulate Safari Consultants, for a complex network of arrangements between camps and transport operations that works flawlessly without delays across countries, rivers, airports etc.
    We have recommended Safari consultants to all our friends here, and to our families in the UK.

    Roger and Jean from California, USA travelled to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia
Pygmy falcon in other areas of Botswana

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Other areas of interest include the Tsodilo Hills, Khutse and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

In an otherwise flat landscape, the Tsodilo Hills rise off the plain to the west of the Okavango panhandle and unsurprisingly, are steeped in local folklore.  Inscribed as a World Heritage Site, the hills contain over 4500 rock art paintings. Archaeological discoveries have shown that people have lived here for around 100 000 years.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier was the first ‘Peace Park’ developed by combining the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa, and the Gemsbok and Mabuesehube national parks in Botswana. The park is dominated by the dune landscape of the region. There are only four roads in the park suitable to two-wheel drive vehicles, all of which are on the South African side – two follow the water courses of the Nossob and Auob rivers and have numerous ‘loops’, with the other two joining the river roads by travelling in a roller coaster manner over the dunes. There is no permanent accommodation in the Botswana section so access from that side requires the use of four-wheel drive vehicles and mobile camps.

Khutse is a small reserve which lies on the southern boundary of the Central Kalahari. There is no permanent accommodation and one needs to camp. The reserve is part of an ancient river system and contains a series of pans which form the nucleus of any game-viewing. It was the second reserve in Botswana to be created on tribal lands (1971) and there are a number of San communities on the periphery.

For further information on the many safari regions in Botswana please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to talk to one of our specialists.

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