Holiday review by Kevin Robinson
Name: Kevin Robinson
Date of trip: 31/07/2016
Number of people: 2
We were very fortunate to experience some amazing animal behaviour throughout our trip; some of which we have only ever seen on natural history documentaries. A herd of elephant mourning the loss of a large bull male and chasing away a pride of lions taking advantage of a free meal, and who had previously chased off about 14 hyenas, was a privilege. The number of elephants across the concession was incredible. The patience of a young leopard stalking on her belly and then killing a steenbok. A bull elephant shaking palm nuts from a tree. Spending the day following the Tsaro lion sub-pride tracking buffalo. Finally the transfer by helicopter gave a great view of the wildlife. Much more enjoyable that just whizzing across by plane and potentially missing out on views of hippo, giraffe and elephants congregating round waterholes.
A short but very relaxing break that was packed with animal sightings.
Everything went extremely smoothly. People were on ground in Maun had we needed their help. The information provided ahead of the trip was excellent as always.
Both BT and Matt demonstrated the importance of years in the bush.
BT tracked down the Tsaro pride across the wetlands of Duba Plains. The water crossings were one of the highlights of the days spent following the lions and the buffalo.
Matt extolled the virtues of patience and this was exemplified when waiting for a bull elephant to shake a palm tree to get his trunk on some nutritious fruits.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
The concessions are both low volume in terms of vehicles. That does mean however that when the camp is full you will be in a vehicle of six people. This does mean that your fellow tourists can impact on the enjoyment of your experience. We were very fortunate in all instances but particularly in Selinda.
The majority of the staff are locals and the group has a partnership with local schools. You can contribute by taking bag of supplies either all the way to camp or even as far as Maun where your agent will make sure they get to the school.
The places you stayed
Hard to believe we were staying at a temporary camp.
All the tents are situated overlooking water where herons, storks and the occasional elephant visit.
These are really well spaced and so you have no knowledge that your neighbours are around.
While Selinda uses refillable metal water bottles, unfortunately Duba Plains uses plastic bottled water, something that could be improved.
Food was excellent, three main course options and flexible timings.