Motswiri Camp

Jan 16th, 2008, 09:46 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 300
Motswiri Camp

Selinda's Motswiri Camp is being combined with Wilderness Safaris' Ketumetse Trails camp (used on their Great Wilderness Journey overland exploration).

The new combined camp (referred to as Motswiri Ketumetsi on Selinda's web site) can be booked by small groups, families, etc., who want to have their own camp. The camp has only 4 tents but is set up for 6 guests (max 8 if needed).

They are moving Motswiri away from being a camp for FITs. Apparently they feel it's just too far away and remote (therefore expensive) to run for individuals.

Regards,
James
jweis is offline  
Jan 16th, 2008, 11:53 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 127
..and the other issue is - it was a hunting camp for a long time and the game is still skittish.

Geoff.
GeoffG is offline  
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:39 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 13
Geoff has hit the nail slap bang on the head!

Strange name too, literally translated "Leadwood Thank You" ???
crassman is offline  
Jan 19th, 2008, 03:07 AM
  #4  
sniktawk
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
As one of the poor bastards who were conned into going there, I do not care what they call it. Does this mean that this exclusive area now only has two camps rather than the three that were in place when we were there? What a great improvement that will be I suppose the prices will go up as well?
 
Jan 19th, 2008, 08:21 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3,528
sniktawk,

Atleast Kanawe may head back to guide at the new Zib? now that Motswiri is out of the picture .....
HariS is offline  
Jan 19th, 2008, 10:44 PM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 300
Agreed,

The area suffers from the hunting and the game is certainly skittish.

However, the only way to habituate the wildlife once hunting is terminated is to conduct game drives.

Guiding there at present must provide quite a challenge if more than 2 days.

For some perspective, I remember quite well my first visit to Kings Pool (Sable Safaris) in the mid 90's; you couldn't find a leopard if your life depended on it - too much hunting to the west and the animals were simply too shy.

Today at KP - well, leopards are seen all the time.

The Ketumetse area will come around, but it will take time.

James
jweis is offline  
Jan 19th, 2008, 10:48 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 13
By the time the animals come around their prices would have doubled again!
crassman is offline  
Jan 19th, 2008, 10:56 PM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 300
If they can get twice as much, then it can only mean that the game viewing rocks.

Let's hope you are right!
jweis is offline  
Jan 19th, 2008, 10:59 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 13
Or that they are out of touch and greedy? Hope I am wrong!

Problem is always to gauge how honest the marketing is?
crassman is offline  
Jan 19th, 2008, 11:07 PM
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 300
I agree - marketing is designed only to sell.

That is where a knowledgeable agent earns his/her keep.
jweis is offline  
Jan 20th, 2008, 03:07 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 9
I just wish there were more knowledgable agents out there!

Hey maybe the Motswiri area not so great now for game but what about wilderness (not the company). I remember at the old Zib & Selinda seeing a lorry, water affairs, tsetse control & wildlife dept vehicle on one drive! Oh and I can't forget the bleeding BDF (Bots defence Farce) chasing away a Tsessebe that was about to get killed by a lioness!! I had a fantastic trip, don't get me wrong but I just felt a bit too much traffic!
jackssid1 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:14 PM.