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Hello I am just in the process of putting together a report on my recent trip to Botswana. It was mobile camping trip. I was part of a group lead by wildlife and nature photographer Theo Allofs and his wife Jami Tarris. They had organised this trip in association Brian Gibson of Capture Africa based in Maun. It was my first mobile camping experience and it was absolutely fantastic. The trip's itinerary was as follows: 23rd September to 3rd October 2017 Day 1 Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun Day 2,3,4: Moremi Game Reserve Day 5,6,7: Khwai Community Concession Day 8,9,10: Savuti, Chobe National Park Day 11: Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun Day 12: Helicopter flight over Okavango Delta with Helicopter Horizons in the morning. Fly to Jo'burg in the afternoon Will post day by day account soon. I need to figure out how to add videos and shots from my mobile phone to the report. Cheers Vikram
Preamble Once again, I seem to find myself following a TR that visited the same Country, Park & Camp as I’m about to describe – hopefully you’ll stay with me and, as I’ve deliberately not followed @@douglaswise ’s posts (yet, I'll have to start catching up), I hope it’s not too “samey” although if he’s kept to his promise that there wouldn’t be any photos then there will at least be some pretty pictures here to keep you interested! This trip came about as we were looking for another trip “away from the crowds”, which would allow us to do some walking and, above all, give us a lot of flexibility to decide what to do at short notice. Armed with this brief we found ourselves at the London Destinations travel show taking to Tyrone McKeith (@KafueTyrone) and his dad Tony who runs Busanga Safaris here in the UK. After a long discussion & bouncing emails back & forward with Tyrone we finally booked up (through Tony) for the following: 28 – 29th Sept: Emirates LHR to Lusaka via Dubai 29th Sept: Pioneer Camp, Lusaka 29th Sept – 1st Oct: Musekese Camp, Kafue 1st – 5th Oct: Musakese mobile camp, Kafue 5th – 8th Oct: Musekese Camp, Kafue 8th – 9th Oct: Emirates Lusaka to LHR via Dubai. Our flight out from Dubai to Lusaka wasn’t the best Emirates flight we’ve had as the boarding arrangements were somewhat chaotic and disjointed, the aircraft was not docked at an air-bridge and we had a long “unguided tour” of the airport until we eventually arrived at the aircraft. Take-off itself was delayed for ~1hr., for reasons that were never really explained & the aircraft itself was a very “rattley” A340 with many alarming “crashes & bangs” on take-off, including one from the toilet near our seats as something quite large “fell off” which blocked the door for some considerable time until one of the cabin crew managed to get in. Then the entertainment system (which was the old fixed schedule type) failed completely, midway through the flight, so it was back to the iPod until we landed, still ~1hr late. With no air-bridge at KKIA, it was nice to be back in Africa again and breath in the late afternoon air (albeit aviation fuel laced) on the walk to the terminal. Once through immigration our driver from Pioneer was waiting for us to take us the short hop over to Pioneer Camp where we were very pleasantly surprised to see Tyrone waiting for us, together with his girlfriend Alex. The afternoon was getting on by this stage so we arranged to meet a little later at the bar and headed to our very nice chalet to freshen up (Toilet to the left, shower & wash basins to the right) Back at the bar, a cold Moshi was the order of the day and Tyrone explained that we had two choices for the morning: get up early, take a packed breakfast & try to beat the traffic or lie-in, have breakfast at Pioneer & wait until later to leave. Option 1 would get us to camp by late morning, option 2 might mean not getting to camp until mid-late afternoon. Option 1 agreed, we enjoyed a very nice steak before turning in. There wasn’t much chance to look around before it got dark but what we could see fitted very well with other ST descriptions, everyone was very friendly and our steaks were excellent – we’d certainly stay at Pioneer again. It was soon morning and we were quickly on the road, dropping Alex off at a deserted shopping mall en-route and we cleared the central Lusaka traffic without much of a hold-up. There’s not a lot to say about the M9 heading west but one hand written sign offering the intriguing combination of Hair Dressing & Car Wash caught my attention – would this be a husband & wife team or do you get your hair power washed? The M9 runs through the park so once we’d passed the park boundary checkpoint our attention picked up again and it wasn’t long after we turned off onto the dirt road towards camp that Tyrone shouted “sable” They weren’t very co-operative but sable were one of my hope-to-see’s so it was a great start to our time in Kafue and we hadn’t even made it to camp yet!
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