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TRIP REPORT: I Speak of Africa… (Botswana 22 June – 7 July 2006)

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Hello everyone,

I kept waiting for things to quiet down a bit so I could write my trip report in one go, but it doesn’t look like that’s likely to happen anytime soon. I’ll try to post an instalment every couple of days…hopefully you’ll find that it’s worth the wait.

Unfortunately, my photos are currently stuck on my Epson P-4000 as there isn’t enough space on my hard drive to download them, but once that’s sorted I’ll post a link to them as well.

For reference, my itinerary was as follows:

22 June: Depart London on overnight Virgin Atlantic flight
23 June: Johannesburg (The Saxon)
24 – 27 June: Linyanti (Savuti Camp)
28 June – 2 July: Okavango Delta (Mombo Camp)
3 July: Linyanti (Kwando Lebala)
4 – 5 July: Linyanti (Kwando Lagoon)
6 – 7 July: Makgadikgadi Pans (Jack’s Camp)

For the benefit of trip report index compilers, the South Africa portion of my trip report will be posted separately. My itinerary for that portion of the trip was as follows:

8 July: Johannesburg (Ten Bompas)
9 – 10 July: Sabi Sands (Singita Ebony)
11 – 13 July: Sabi Sands (Mala Mala Sable Camp)
14 – 15 July: Sabi Sands (Londolozi Pioneer Camp)
16 July: Johannesburg (The Grace)

A few notes in the itinerary – those of you who are familiar with my postings and my ‘3-night-minimum stay’ rule will probably be surprised to see so many 2-night stays on this itinerary. When I’m travelling purely for pleasure, I definitely stick to the 3-night rule, but since this was a site inspection trip for Destiny Africa I did a couple of 2-nighters in order to visit some additional camps. With both Mombo and Singita on my itinerary everything had to be scheduled around their availability – the 1-night stay at Lebala was an artefact of scheduling as it wasn’t possible to get three nights at Lagoon or three nights at Jack’s.

You might also be surprised to see three Sabi Sands reserves (all neighbouring each other) – normally I’d prefer a longer stay at only one reserve, as IMO it’s a bit silly to stay two nights at one reserve and then go next door for another two nights, particularly when you’ll probably end up seeing a lot of the same animals as their territories cross reserve boundaries. That aside, seeing the Big Three of the Sabi Sand back-to-back was a rare experience , and absolutely fascinating.

Now on to the trip report!

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