Don and Debbie’s luxurious Africa expedition


Don and Debbie from Colorado share their 2BWild Safari adventure with us

Safari description: Fly-in, luxury to wild Big Five reserves.

All travel arrangements, route and itinerary planning, bookings, flights, transfers and accommodation by 2BWild Safaris.

Itinerary: Okavango Delta and Linyanti area – Botswana; Hwange National Park, Stanley & Livingstone Hotel in Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe.

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Hi Viv,

We had a fantastic trip and game viewing was exceptional. Plenty of great food and wonderful accommodation. Also lots of miles (not the really good part – but we saw a lot of country).

On the Botswana / Zimbabwe portion:
First, we were beyond impressed on the smoothness of the hand-over from one location to another. Someone was always there waiting for us and took good care of us whether getting us to an airplane, across the border or to a park.

Accommodation at all four locations was very good. Rooms were very clean, very comfortable, well furnished, and very attractive and appealing. Calling them tents may be technically correct but certainly misleading. Staff were fantastic.

The Delta was WET!! – but plenty of animals and a great guide and we would certainly return. The food service here was the best of any game camp we were at either in the Botswana/Zimbabwe area or South Africa. The staff here were also the most accommodating. We enjoyed the hippo ‘party’ outside our room the first night and were mildly disappointed that the party did not continue the other nights (of course the absence of a party made sleeping easier).

The Linyanti area was dry of course – and again a great room. The food here was wonderful but not as great as it was in the Delta. Again good staff. Not as many animals as at the Delta but we did witness a leopard stalking and ultimately succeeding with a kill within a few feet of our vehicle. Very impressive.

Hwange also had great rooms – and a view – as did the rooms at the Delta and Linyanti. The cook here went to a lot of trouble making special meals for us and they were very well received. I was quite surprised at the lack of game but I guess the weather had a major impact. We did see the pride of lions (Cecil’s pride minus Cecil of course) and we upset a sleeping old bull elephant who was lying down. For a few moments it was exciting because the elephant wasn’t happy and couldn’t decide whether to charge or leave. The driver stayed in reverse with the engine running and said he was very concerned because the elephant was not behaving normally.

The charter flights were enjoyable and comfortable. The flight from Victoria Falls International airport to the bush airport (ie a dirt airstrip) was in a 4-seater Cessna 206 – with the returning flight on a much larger Cessna Caravan which was very comfortable.

The Stanley & Livingstone hotel was first class and highly recommended. A good trip to the Falls – and of course we were soon wet through from the mist. Certainly a magnificent sight.

And then back to Joburg and a relaxing night repacking in the Intercontinental. We decided that the Intercontinental at the airport is the place to stay waiting for a flight. Service there is first class. The staff checked on us to make sure our room service was satisfactory, when we didn’t talk to anyone after our wake up call someone knocked on our door to make sure we were up (can’t have the residents missing their plane).

Thanks for everything Viv! Finally, what do you have on walking with the Gorillas? Debbie wants to include that area (activity) on our next trip probably next year.

All photos: Debbie

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North meets South – Andrés comes to Africa – Olé!

Andrés from Spain had this to say about his recent 2BWild Safari:  (June 2016)

Route: BOTSWANA: Okavango Delta; ZIMBABWE and ZAMBIA: Vic falls; BOTSWANA: Senyati and Kubu Island.

Me so excited in the Vic falls!
Me so excited in the Vic falls!

Hi Viv!

The trip was greeeeeeeat, absolutely amazing. We really enjoyed all different places where we stayed. I am sending you here some pics. Are the ones from my iphone but still I really love them! I have plenty but i am sending you a small selection of some of my favourites!

We did the flight over the Okavango Delta. You can even see the elephant from there in the pic!
We did the flight over the Okavango Delta. You can even see the elephant from there in the pic!
Our Mokoro boat that we did while staying in Ngepi, Caprivi.
Our Mokoro boat that we did while staying in Ngepi, Caprivi.
A breathtaking sunset at Senyati, Botswana.
A breathtaking sunset at Senyati, Botswana.

Regarding the car everything was PERFECT as well! We had NO problem with it so I really really appreciate your kind assistance with that!

Thanks Viv,

Andrés

This is one of my favourite places of the trip... Kubu Island. It is very very special...
This is one of my favourite places of the trip… Kubu Island. It is very very special…
Devil's pool in Zambia's side. We had a bath up there, the first day they were opened, was incredible!
Devil’s pool in Zambia’s side. We had a bath up there, the first day they were opened, was incredible!

 

Chobe, Caprivi and the Okavango Delta – simply untouchable!

24 July 2016

FELIX HACKER-06-2016-Mokoro trip in Okovango
Mokoro trip, Okavango Delta, Botswana – an unforgettable experience

Yesterday Felix wrote to Viv at 2BWild – ecstatic about his trip just completed, to the Chobe National Park, the Caprivi strip, and the Okavango pan-handle in Botswana.
The natural beauty and proliferation of African wildlife in these regions is truly exquisite. Such a trip requires careful planning and specific knowledge about where (and how) to go, and what, when (and how) to see. This is what Viv at 2BWild does so very well.

FELIX HACKER-06-2016-Crossing the Limpopo
Crossing the Limpopo
FELIX HACKER-06-2016-Chobe sunset 2
Sunset over the Chobe River, Botswana
FELIX HACKER-06-2016-Chobe Elephants
Chobe Elephants
FELIX HACKER-06-2016-Mokoro past Hippo
A view of Hippo from the Mokoro – a little calm adrenalin for the African day

Typically, along with the vibrant African sunsets and never-ending bushveld, vleis and riverine forest, one will be sure to encounter large herds of Elephant with their young lazily crossing the Chobe River; Buffalo congregations of 400 and more browsing in the reeds, more often than not with a pride of Lion lurking in the vicinity plotting the kill; the elusive Lechwe antelope; the majestic Fish Eagle; large pods of Hippo exchanging their constants snorting of jokes; important herds of the rare Roan and Sable antelope; the unusual Puku; the shy and rare Chobe Bushbuck; with a bit of luck or good spotting eyes – a Leopard snoozing in a jackalberry tree; and most importantly – an abundance of birdlife.

FELIX HACKER-06-2016-Elephant on island hike
Elephant on the island hike
FELIX HACKER-06-2016-sunrise over the okavango delta
Sunrise over the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Included in Felix’s group’s activities on this trip was:
-A Mokoro (traditional African canoe) trip, poling through quiet inlets and estuaries of the Okavango River, closely exploring the riverine areas in search of the secretive Pel’s Fishing Owl and the diversity of other birdlife. Hippo and Elephant observations from this water-level-vantage-point are undoubtedly a lifetime experience, never to be forgotten.
– And an island hike on the pristine game-filled terra-firma of the Okavango Delta.

FELIX HACKER-06-2016-Catching the Tiger
Tiger fishing in the Okavango Delta – a must for the fisherman’s bucket list

Felix and his group comprised a party of seven adults and two children,

travelling in three well-equipped four-wheel drive vehicles.

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This is what he had to say!

From: felix
To: viv.2bwildsafaris@outlook.com
Subject: Wonderful holiday
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:42:52 +0000
Hi Viv
 
We’re back in SA and had a WONDERFUL trip in Botswana. All worked out well and we enjoyed some of the new things we did. I have attached a few photo’s for your records.
 
Thank you sooo much for the trip advice, planning and booking – it was much appreciated by the whole group.
 
Kind regards

Felix

[All photos by Felix Hacker]

 

Wild Dog, Lion, Leopard and more – Khwai and Savuti – Botswana

Our good friend and client, Retief van der Reyden and his wife Des returned last week from a photographic safari in Botswana.

Retief sent through regular updates via his iPad on their progress and adventures. Their sightings are of the highest order, Leopard, large prides of  Lion – with cubs, Wild Dog, and much more.

Here are just a few photos, many from “back of camera” as they’re in the bush.

Commentary, highlights and more pics will be added here over the next few days.

Sebe Sebe Camp lodgings
Sebe Sebe Camp lodgings
Sebe Sebe Camp
Sebe Sebe Camp
Male Leopard in Khwai uses the Cruiser as cover in the hunt
Male Leopard in Khwai using the Cruiser as cover in the hunt
Male Leopard in Khwai uses the Cruiser as cover in the hunt
Male Leopard in Khwai uses the Cruiser as cover in the hunt

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