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Back home from Kwando (Hari)

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Greeted at the front by my lovely Basset hound, Jack....the only wild dog i'm going to see for now. He was as happy to see me as i was seeing him.

However, i truly feel like a little kid back to school after a brilliant long summer vacation. Yes, folks....Kwando delivered yet again, and had a truly superb 10 nights at their camps. Indeed, i feel severe withdrawal symptoms at the moment and feel lost about being back to reality.

After this, my 7th Africa visit....i have an answer. I was asked by many people at the camps as to what my draw for Africa and Kwando is particular was?

I can sincerely answer that: Even though the scenery and the vistas were spectacular and the game sightings phenomenal, the thing i miss the most already is the people at Kwando.....where can i start, the management at all camps (Jonah, Lebu, Bk, Harry, Monique and Mel) and ofcourse, my awesome guides Spencer and Ruster...not to forget the other guides, and my splendid trackers Rock/Baruti/John that i had fun interacting with.

All the people are so warm, hospitable and genuine that i'm lost for words. That's part of the Kwando experience. What more can i ask for?

I have read threads on these forums about change in Kwando management etc etc., please do not let it concern you. The Kwando experience does not change. I had a brilliant time at all their camps, and there is no reason to doubt them. There is the usual spring of energy and the usual hustle, bustle everywhere.....fantastic!!!

I have also read on these forums about the Kwando vehicles. I did experience the brand new green URI's at both Lagoon and Lebala and they are fantastic. Kwando has done a lot of research in terms of the best vehicle for both guideing/tracking (because it is the most important factor). It has lots of leg room in both rows and it is fantastic for photography, as it lower to the ground.

Detailed trip report will follow in a couple of days after i settle down. Pictures in a couple of weeks (hopefully)

Special mention of my guide at Lebala, Spencer- to give you an idea about him, my 14 year old cousin (from last trip) regards him as a true icon and is his fondest memory of his trip to Botswana. Spencer, like most people at Kwando is true, dedicated and sincere and makes you feel at home as part of the Kwando family.

I'm already trying to start to plan my next trip to Kwando. I really have no desire to change the winning formula that works for me. Why bother changing? Besides, i have full confidence that the winning formula will stay and can only continue on it's upward momentum.

Kind regards,
Hari

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