I used these boards a little bit before my trip so just wanted to add a little to the info bank! We just got back a few hours ago, so our trip was from Aug 5-20
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (2 nights). We LOVED it here. The view of the watering hole with a hundred buffalo walking in a line to drink as the sun was setting was amazing. For first time safari-ers we got a thrill pulling up and seeing warthogs munching away at the front lawn. Monkies ran around (and into our room to steal sugar packets!) and we even saw a crocodile by the hole. Good place to start when you are itching to see some game but don't want to be spoiled. We loved the elephant ride and the exciting microlight flight over the falls. Made the mistake of walking to town from the falls--the street hawkers were agressive and very unsettling.
Duma Tau (2 nights). The highlight of the trip. We had Julius as our guide and we loved his personality. Each drive was totally different and jammed packed with sighting. First night, down by the water. Families of baboon hanging out with kudu, monitor lizard, elephants, giraffe, sundowners by a lagoon filled with 15 hippos all watching us. It was a phenomenal first trip. Spotted a leopard with the spotlight on our way home and after dinner, Julius walked us back to our tent and we heard a rustling. it was the leopard! Our first dinner was traditional night and we loved the singing and food--felt very homey and low-key, not touristy.
Other highlights of Duma Tau included a morning with two female lions and their frolicking cubs, two males lying in the sun and fianlly getting up, walking by our car to go to shade. The Wild Dog den where the mother fed her 16 squealing pups by regurgitating. The pups were curious about the car and would prance right up to us, looking at us with their cute eyes. The same night we saw the pups Julius heard they had cheetas on the other side so we raced over to see the three brother cheetas lying in the glow of the perfect sunset, walking over to a tree and scratching it and spraying it, and walking into the sunset like something out of National Geographic. Amazing! Also got very close to hyenas, two bat-eared foxes on a nest, jackyls, etc. They had it all!
We like the food and rooms very much, the the two younger women staff were great, radioing around to get me extra film at my next camp, and giving me electrolyte pills when I got sick from too much sun on the boat trip.
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