After two years of Covid postponements, we finally got to enjoy our Safari Guru arranged trip into the Okavango Delta and northern Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Eight nights of mobile camping – very comfortable camping, but it did involve sleeping under canvas – amongst the wildlife in three different areas. This would be followed by three nights at a lodge in Chobe, just to add a little luxury at the end.
We started with a flight into Moremi and were met by our amazing guide, Relax. A nickname, of course, but very apt, as we were immediately comfortable with him and his team in camp. Within 30 minutes, we were looking at two large male lions, both in a food coma, after feasting on a buffalo they had brought down early that day. That was the beginning of an excellent journey for our group of only four guests. After Moremi National Park, it was onto Khwai Private Reserve, then by boat further into the Okavango and finally a flight back up to Chobe. Eleven nights in four beautiful locations, complete with an abundance of lions, leopards, cheetah, wild dogs, elephants, hippos and so on. Enough game to fill Noah’s Ark a dozen times over.
As a very amateur wildlife photographer, I could barely believe that I had the opportunity to observe and photograph such a wide variety of wildlife in close proximity. Camping within the reserves gave an immersive experience you simply don’t get by just staying in lodges, as well as the opportunity to learn so much from our guides throughout the day and evening.
With heartfelt thanks to Deon and Ashley at Safari Guru, for putting this all together into a seamless package and, most especially, for them keeping the dream alive through two difficult years.
Geoff (Safari Guru Traveller)