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  • Hi Rob, All flights, transfers, pick-ups etc. went very smoothly, the organisation from start to finish was spot on. For the three “safari novices” among us, the start at Chobe was ideal. The sheer numbers of species and individual numbers we had seen by the end of the first (half) day left us spellbound. Disho, our guide there, was excellent; energetic, articulate, amusing and with a very sharp eye, picking out a treed leopard from about 400 yards away. The boat trip was very good, a completely different taste of the place, again with impressive numbers of hippos, crocs, elephants and birds. “Footsteps”….What a difference! All of the staff were good, and Paul, the guide is a natural entertainer and showman so was an excellent front man at mealtimes and round the campfire. His guiding was also excellent, the walks taking us to some superb places and wonderful views of the wildlife. Selinda Explorers was the jewel. The degree of comfort, luxury and high standard of food, catering and camp staff was as good as we could have desired. The crowning glory of the place, though, was Kane (pronounced Karney) who, as a genuine bushman displayed an amazing depth of knowledge. It was a privilege to be in his company for our time there, he quickly assessed our degree of interest and talked about his personal history and life, stories of his people and, of course a constant supply of information about the wildlife, plants, animals and birds. The walks with him were wonderful. Little Vumbura was superbly run and the standard of everything there is exemplary. It was fascinating to see such a contrasting waterworld area as well as the usual varied animal sightings. Many thanks indeed for your organisation and planning, I don’t think we could have had a better introduction to a safari holiday; the difficulty would be in matching it!

    Bill and Jen from North Yorkshire travelled to Botswana
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The Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The Central Kalahari is an area of semi-desert, where trees, bushes and grass do exist within an otherwise hostile desert environment. This allows a variety of birds and animals to exist, including the rare brown hyaena, meerkat, oryx, giraffe, zebra, bat-eared fox, jackal, springbok, red haartebeest, lion, cheetah, caracal and leopard.

The region is best visited during the ‘green’ season from November to March/April, when game concentrates on the various open ‘pans’ within the reserve. During the dry season, the landscape is harsh, and game is more spread out (especially the late dry season from August to October). However recently introduced ‘pumped’ waterholes will become focal drinking spots during these drier months, and should improve game-viewing.

For further information on Kalahari safaris please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

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