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  1. Just got a message from our guide Cruise: "We did it again at Unlimited tours & Safaris. On the 1st morning of our recent 5 day long safari we found all these animals in the same location. Someone spotted zebra, then elephant, and then, wow what is that? There was a rhino and he was staring at a hyaena that had stolen an impala kill from the wild dogs that were still around hoping for a share. It was indeed spectacular morning" Fantastic, just a spectacular beginning for another wonderful safari! Well done Cruise!
  2. Great feedback from Sarah Skinner from Images of Wildlife after two joint photographic safaris: "Sad that our last photographic safari in Botswana has now come to an end and soon making the long journey back home. It was another super fun group and equally as good sightings as the first group. Amazed that we broke our previous record of 7 different wild dog sightings this time with a total of 11 sightings with the second group!!!! Happy days for all!" A fantastic trip, and so happy to get another indication that the dogs are doing really well in Moremi and Khwai. For pictures and more info pls see our facebook site https://www.facebook.com/UnlimitedSafari/
  3. Hello, Unlimited Safaris have won an award again, feature in a magazine, we have been on safari and give you an update on the Tourism Levy, pls read our newsletter! http://mailchi.mp/0b15bb65d362/ycrho130oq-3075981
  4. Hello all, Now dry season is in full swing and it seems that it will be a great one! After the good rains we have had really good sightings in all northern parks during the last months, and we still expect it to get even better in the coming weeks as the land dries up. August is really busy for everybody in Maun and we have multiple safaris out at the moment, so exciting times!! A few weeks back we went on safari with photographer John Barrett - a classical safari visiting Moremi, Khwai, Savuti and Chobe. Wow, what a fantastic time we had, and some really good sightings. Leopard, lions, cheetah and dogs, Moses found them all and they had a great time following and observing. For more fantastic photos from this pls visit Johns website www.jabarrettphotography.zenfolio.com We will get back with more reports as safaris get back to Maun!
  5. Hello all Safaritalkers, I ust have to post this trip report that shows just how fantastic green season can be... Trip Report – Unlimited Tours and Safaris March 23 – April 10, 2017 We have just returned from 18 nights in the bush with Unlimited Tours and Safaris and file this trip report. • Unlimited Dream Team: Moses, Joster, Eddie, Bucks • Camps: 6 nights in Nxai Pan at BOCA #1, 3 nights at Kugama Pan CKGR (an old campsite we used to explore around Kugama Pan), 4 nights in DV5 Deception Valley 5 nights in BOCA Reserve Deception Valley • We completed 36 game drives with the following results: o Cat sightings on 31 of 36 drives (86% “cat bat”) o 57 total cat sightings (34 lion sightings, 14 cheetah sightings, 3 leopard sightings, 4 caracol sightings, 2 wildcat sightings) o Predator counts are: Lions (33 total – 7 pride males, 13 lionesses, 5 cubs, 8 sub adults (5 male, 3 female)), Cheetah (9 total – 1 male, 3 females all with cubs, 5 cubs (3 female, 2 male)), Leopard (2 total both males), caracal (5 total, unsure of sex), wildcat (3 total, unsure of sex, one dead wild cat runover by a self driver), brown hyena (1 total, unsure of sex) o Two cheetah kills on springbok; one aborted lion stalk on oryx; one leopard kill of steenbok (missed kill) eating in tree • “Firsts” on this our 11th safari: o Rare brown hyena sighting in Nxai Pan o Lions and cheetahs with cubs on the same game drive (twice) o Broke record for “cat bat” at 86% o Broke records for number of cat sightings at 57 (previous record was 45 sightings on a 38 game drive safari) o Broke record for average cat sightings per day of 3.2 sightings / day o First ever earthquake while in the bush (a 6.5 quake 100km away in the Kalahari) o 5 caracol sightings record (previous was 1) o 2 cheetah kills (previous record was 1) o Cheetah kill on springbok under a full moon in the dark Lekubu, CKGR o Record number of cheetah sightings at 14 (previous record was 9 sightings) o Seeing a male leopard eating a steenbok in a tree o Discovering and exploring two new large pans in CKGR that have not been visited in many, many years. Discovered two bore holes near Kugama Pan from the 70’s that park officials were not aware of and shared location info with them • Nxai Pan o Lions – we found one of the lionesses from the Nxai Pan pride that we filmed last year (he had two female cubs a year old at the time) andthis year she just gave birth to 3 cubs while having her two sub adult females nearby. All the Nxai Pan lions were healthy. Another Nxai Pan female was preggars and look to give birth any day. o Cheetah – we found a single male and a female with two cubs (one male, one female) all in great condition; watched female make an unsuccessful stalk and pursuit of a springbok. o Brown hyena – a rare sighting just after sunrise where the hyena was scavenging the remains of a cheetah kill • Deception Valley/Leopard Pan/Lekubu/Kugama Pan areas o The Kugama Pan pride has a lioness with two cubs; we tracked a largegroup of cats (5-7) in the area but did not make contact; did make contact with two lioness, the two cubs and one pride male in the area between the first opening and Kugama pan. Found evidence of lion kill in the Kugama secret pan along with a springbok kill suggesting cheetah activity in this area. o We have not solved the mystery surrounding the pride structure in the DV area; the Owens Boys were not found this year but we heard they were near Kalahari Plains camp; the area from the waterhole north of DV down to Deception Pan is not being patrolled by any pride males; We did find a lioness with two sub adults (one male, onefemale) making kills from DV to Deception Pan. We believe she is from the pride formerly ruled by the Owens Boys. o The coalition of three sub adult males we found in January were not seen on this safari in the DV area. o Sunday Pan pride was seen in DV on two occasions looking skinny with 5 sub adults (3 boys, 2 girls) coming of age. Male lion looked healthy but lioness was needing to eat. o The big news in the DV area is what is happening with the Lekubu pride, lead by two blondie boys and several females. These boys are very healthy and have found a secret spot (where we found them) that still had water as of end of March, 2017. They are the new power in the area with pride males in their prime (6-7 years old) and enforcing their territory. These are two of the best looking pride males we haveseen in The Kalahari. o We are seeing more leopards than ever in the area than we ever have this year with the sighting of a golden leopard male in Kugama secret pan. He had made a kill on a steenbok. o Cheetah action was outstanding with hunting cheetahs in bothLeopard Pan (one female with one male cub) and our Diana in DV (with two female cubs); we watched Diana make two kills while with her on 4 separate sightings. Her two female cubs are looking great and will be with her this dry season. o We tracked two male cheetahs near Lekubu but did not make contact. Others saw this pair during our safari. o Moses estimates there are about 15-20 cheetahs from Sunday Pan to Letiahau in the DV area. We saw or tracked 7 of them. SK Lumpkin 4/14/17 For more pictures and films pls visit www.enlesstreasuresofbotswana.com
  6. Hi @@madaboutcheetah - I am doing well, I hope you are also fine! From what I have seen so far there is not spectacular amounts of water coming down from Angola, but hopefully we will see a substantial one. Savuti, well I guess we are all hoping that the river will flow again, but we really do not know yet. At the moment there is water in Savuti and the area is green and beautiful, really needed.
  7. Hi all, Just wanted to share a picture from Moremi last week - Moremi driving The water situation is really difficult and we would advise all to be very careful at the moment. Nevertheless wildlife seems to be thriving and despite all the water we continue to have really good sightings. We have stopped Moremi trips at the moment but are still able to access Khwai, Savuti and Chobe so we can continue our Northern parks safaris. We would advise however if you plan of going to focus on Kalahari instead, the park is absolutely teeming with animals at the moment and we are having great sigthings.
  8. Please check out our last newsletter here: Unlimited Bush News #17. Some great news about a new award and also a fresh trip report from last week with fantastic sightings. Enjoy.
  9. Let us introduce another key player in our Unlimited team. Our fantastic guide Salani! A real nature lover with lots of experience from all over Botswana. Salani has guided in Okavango, Chobe, Kalahari and Moremi, with Wilderness and other companies. His full name is Tibabili Salani and he is 35 years. Salani was born in Kasane and grew up in Nata village.He is from the Kalanga tribe, mostly found in the eastern side of Botswana. From childhood Salani has loved nature and spent all his time out in the bush. His favourite animal is an elephant, "its amazing to watch it and its behavior". Salani loves both guests and bush because its exciting and it´s different everyday, especially reading the Bush newspaper in the morning. "The best bush experience is when I get the animal tracks then we follow them while engaging all senses til we get it...." This is the Unlimited way of guiding, where tracking is an essential part of the experience!
  10. New safari destination! We are extremely happy to be able to offer you a new safari destination for Unlimited. We have decided to venture into Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to offer you a really authentic safari expedition. The red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-mane lions and vantage points for leopard and many raptors... this is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This is the ultimate adventure for the seasoned safari-goer who wants a really authentic and special experience. Visiting Kgalagadi on the Botswana side is a like going back in time, you are going to experience real wilderness, just the way it has been for thousands of years. We are extremely happy to be able to offer this very special safari. Learn all about this fantastic park on our website, or send us an email and we will be happy to help you!
  11. Have a look at this newly released mini-documentary by Steve Lumpkin (Endless Treasures of Botswana) on the nine new lion cubs of the Xinii pride. This pride one of the dominant ones in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana and this film places you inside the pride as the lionesses care for the cubs and hunt for the family. To our knowledge, this is the first time these cubs are captured on film and it shows the success of Botswana’s conservation efforts. This exclusive filming of nine new cubs in the Xinii Pride, Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana was done in the late dry season 2016. This pride dominates the area between Xinii and Third Bridge, lead by a coalitiion of 7 male lions. See the group of four lionesses hunt zebra and the cubs interact with the pride. Enjoy this… https://vimeo.com/195664692
  12. We have compiled some amazing videos and photos from our safaris together with Steve Lumpkin, please have a look at our website http://www.unlimitedsafari.com/videos or go to Steves site for both video and photos: http://www.endlesstr...swana.com. This is a ongoing project to promote Botswana as a destination and pay tribute to the conservation effort done in Botswana. We are really proud to be a part of this project, and very thankful to the government of Botswana and Steve Lumpkin for making this possible!
  13. Kalahari Bushman Survival Skills - as part of our project, Endless Treasures of Botswana, we did a film on three essential survival skills of the Kalahari Bushmen - making fire by friction, using snares to catch game and extracting water from underground tubers. Enjoy this video featuring Moses Ntema and Bojosi Joster Mokgwaphe our bushman tracker and good friend. ​It is really fascinating to see the old way of doing things and how the bushman excelled in this very tough environment by living in harmony with nature. https://vimeo.com/189702140
  14. Unlimited Tours & Safari September Trip report 4 nights Moremi, Khwai and Chobe By professional safari guide Jack Ntema I had the fantastic opportunity to go on Safari with three guests from Bulgaria. Fantastic people that were happy and easy going, a real pleasure to spend a few days with them showing them the beauty of our country. Safari was excellent as our guests loved birds so life was easy for me ;-) In mammals they loved hippos,hyena,giraffes and wild dogs and we saw all this in our safari. We saw the wilddogs in Xakanaka (Jesse pools) our guests and I were busy focused on a grey hornbill trying by all means to swallow a chameleon as we continued a drive Maria said to me; "Jack I saw something..." and I reversed the vehicle and scanned the ground for something interesting and suddenly 1 wilddog lifted it's head after hearing the vehicle and we drove closer and watched this endangered species with excitement. We left the wilddogs and drove about 100 meters and saw 3 old male lions... Sometimes everything happens at once when on safari. That is the beauty you never know what the bush will give you… Lions, crocodiles and lots of buffaloes was the bonus of our safari And we were fortunate on our way from Chobe to Kasane we met 3 lions - two young males and 1 lioness...We were on our own,no traffic at all, which made it a private and special sighting And what a final last morning, on the drive through khwai before finally heading to Chobe we found a Honey badger, immidiately when we joined the main route,this fearless little creature joined the road from the other side and started his search for morning meal by scrapping the ground here and there....and about 5 minutes after leaving honey badger...The spotted hyena also crossed the road...lovely morning Thanks for a great safari, hope to see you again soon ;-)
  15. @@madaboutcheetah - thanks! I hope you have a trip planned soon, great times at the moment! Savuti is very dry, not too much activity there. Lions, wildebeest and elephants are in the area, but is not like when you have water in the area. We will have to wait and see what happens now.

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