Botswana in April? Botswana cats?

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Jul 21st, 2005, 01:15 PM
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laura,

game sightings in the Mombo area are excellent, even in the green season. If Mombo isn't an option for you, I recommend Chief's. I've been there during Christmas time, with daily thunder storms, but even then I saw more game than in many camps during the dry season.

Rocco,
one additional info regarding the Kwando camps: IMO Kwando offers the most exciting game drives in BW, mainly because they still are using this driver/tracker scheme. I remember an afternoon game drive at Kwara when we tracked down a leopard. If driver and tracker lost the spoor, the tracker left the vehicle and searched successfully for the spoor by foot, even in thick bush land. No other operator can offer you this.

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Jul 21st, 2005, 06:05 PM
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Mitch,

I do think that I would probably concentrate on Kwando for my first Botswana safari. Providing my sister-in-law and her husband are serious about going next summer, then I will for sure have the opportunity for an August visit to Southern Africa. The only downside is that I will have about a maximum of probably 14 nights available, with four of those nights in Cape Town and 10 nights on safari.

Kwando Lagoon (3)
Kwando Lebala (3)
Kwara Island (4)
Twelve Apostles, Cape Town (4)

Looks like an explosive little itinerary to me!

Originally, I had strongly considered an April or May visit to Botswana and wasn't even thinking about Tanzania, but I just do not want to do low season safaris anymore, if I can help it. I mean even if I were to visit South Luangwa in April, I wouldn't consider that a sacrifice, as that is the very best time to see wild dogs. However, other than South Luangwa, Hwange (for Makalolo Plains) and the Sabi Sand, there was not anyplace else that appealed to me in April (and forget about February or March, the time I have chosen to visit Tanzania).

I figured it was time to see somewhere new. I mean although I love my upcoming safari, it is nearly identical to last year's safari. Last year, after being dragged to Italy by my wife for 11 days, I only had 11 days available to me in Southern Africa, and every single night was spent on a Zambian safari. South Luangwa for 7 nights (Kaingo and Chichele Presidential Lodge) and 4 nights in Lower Zambezi (Kulefu).

This year I am fortunate enough to have 12 nights for Zambia, evenly divided at 6 nights each of South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi, and evenly divided at 3 nights each of Luangwa River Lodge, Puku Ridge, Kasaka River Lodge and Chongwe River Camp. But as an added bonus, this time around, unlike last year, I will have 4 nights at the Twelve Apostles in Cape Town (did somebody say cage diving?) and then finish off with 3 nights at Simbambili in the Sabi Sand. Yes, yes, yes, the Sabi Sand is very commercialized, but I expect to come home with my best leopard photos, and hopefully some rhino photos, from my 3 nights at Simbambili.

Anyway, no April Botswana for me, but hopefully I will have an opportunity to get there in August 2006 if my finances recover in time from Tanzania. Otherwise, it would not be the end of the world to make a 3rd annual visit to South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi where the pricing is unjustifiably reasonable.
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Jul 21st, 2005, 06:09 PM
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P.S. - The reason why I need my sister-in-law and her husband is because of my just booked safari to Tanzania that is scheduled for five months after we return from our September trip to Zambia & South Africa. I don't think I will be shown too much mercy if I then turn around and book another safari that would occur within 6 months of the last one...it would be a total of 3 trips to Africa within a 12 month period...so what's wrong with that, anyway?
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Jul 21st, 2005, 06:17 PM
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Rocco,

maybe we meet in Botswana next year. Kwara Island, Lagoon and Lebala are on top of my list, too.

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Jul 21st, 2005, 06:22 PM
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Mitch,

That would be great. With five of us, we would probably qualify for our own vehicle. Despite quite an education, my sister-in-law's husband is a bit of an airhead so I would appreciate your company!
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Jul 21st, 2005, 06:38 PM
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Rocco,

We will have a great time!

Hhm, unless I switch to Tanzania combined with northern Mozambique. You know, how these travel plans evolve... ;-)

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