Posted on April 21, 2017 by Tasha Eygelaar -
Tuskers Bush Camp
Tuskers is nestled in the vast Kwatale Conservancy. And shares a prime location in a 365 000 hectare private concession on the eastern edge of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. A tented camp located secretively between the plentiful trees, offering pure safari bliss. There are no fences in this wild area. Allowing animals of all sorts to wander as they please. The pan in front of Tuskers Bush Camp is frequented by plains game and the Big 5. All of which can be seen from the main area of the camp.
Tuskers Bush Camp takes its guests to a bygone era of adventure in the African wild. Where old-world canvas Meru safari tents add comfort and style to this traditional ‘under-canvas’ experience.
The Bush Camp
The main dining tent, boma, and bar overlook a waterhole. The free-flow of animals around the unfenced camp creates a wild and untamed ambience throughout. Tuskers is a true canvas bush camp with added luxuries and an emphasis on its sublime location. The tall mopane trees that surround the camp provide the much needed shade for the Botswana sun.
6 Meru-style safari tents are individually positioned between the evergreen mopane trees. Looking out into the veld with tranquil views of the wilderness and the wildlife. As well as offering guests seclusion and privacy during their stay. Each tent sleeps two people and has an en suite bathroom with a bucket shower, eco-toilet, and simple bathroom vanity. A drop-down canvas flap can be closed between the bathroom and bedroom to offer more privacy. While the windows and front entrance of the tent are shielded with bug-proof mesh screens and canvas flaps. Each tent has a canvas overhang in front to create a shaded verandah.
Moremi is renowned for its abundance of predators, and, sharing unfenced borders with the Moremi, the Tuskers concession is home to resident lions, leopards, cheetah and wild dogs, among others. Hyenas are often discovered lurking around carcasses, while the great Nile crocodile lies low in the deeper waters. Elephants populate this area of Botswana in such great numbers and can be seen ambling contently through the lodge grounds, at the pan in front of the lodge, or bulldozing through the mopane woodlands. The varying habitats is a birder’s delights, from water bird species, which are abundant around the pans and lagoons, to grassland birds, raptors, and ground fowls that send a shrieking chorus into the first morning light.
Please note: Tuskers is only accessible in a 4×4 vehicle. Botswana’s park roads can be challenging with varying amounts of thick sand, as well as deep pools of water during the rainy season.
Posted on April 21, 2017 by Tasha Eygelaar -
Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge lies on the ledges of Ghoha Hills in the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park. The Lodge aims to provide travellers to Botswana with a unique, first class safari experience in an eco-friendly and eco-sensitive environment.
The Chobe National Park lies South of Linyanti and covers an area of over 10 000 square kilometres. And also has one of the highest concentrations of game and wildlife in Africa. The Savuti Marsh is the relic of a large inland lake whose water supply was cut a long time ago. Nowadays, the marsh is fed by the erratic Savuti Channel, which dries up for long periods then curiously flows again. This picturesque, diverse landscape brings lush grasslands in some areas and desert-like, bleak stretches of land dotted with camelthorn trees in other areas…
It is often said that the Savuti grasslands provide the best game viewing in Africa. With one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the continent, through all seasons. In the dry winter months you will have the best opportunities for game viewing, as predators tend to lurk around the water holes. Savuti is also famous for its large concentrations of Elephants. During the rainy season the rich bird-life of the park (approximately 450 species in the whole park) is well represented. The region is indeed reputed for its annual migration of Zebras and predators. Thousands of Zebras moving slowly across the plains in their twice yearly migration, is a sight to behold. Large concentrations of lion also follow this Zebra migration intently. Leopard and Cheetah are also sometimes seen.
Perched high on the eastern side of the Ghoha Hills, this hilltop retreat has a 180 degree views across the Savannah. And also of the natural waterhole which attracts birds and wildlife year round. To the south east of the lodge, the Savuti Marsh beckons with its unique game viewing opportunities. The lodge is fully run on solar power. Utilizing the available sun energy to generate enough renewable power to provide the lodge with all of its energy requirements. And in doing so significantly reduce the site’s environmental impact.
The main open area consists of various seating and reading areas, a library with books on animals, flora and fauna, dining area, bar, curio shop and guest bathrooms. Views overlook the Ghoha Plains and a productive water hole at the foot of the hill.
The Ghoha Hills Savuti lodge has been designed to take full advantage of the view. Whether dining in the guest areas, taking a swim or sitting on the balcony of the luxury tented rooms, guests of Ghoha Hills Savuti are spoilt with privacy and beautiful scenery.
Each luxury tented room offers en-suite facilities and breathtaking views of the African plains from their own private deck. (Which can even be enjoyed from the shower). Each luxury tented room has its own cupboard with hanging space as well as shelves, a luggage rack, desk with a torch & coffee table magazines. Furthermore there are comfortable armchairs to enjoy the views or catch up on some reading.
Posted on April 20, 2017 by Tasha Eygelaar -
RAW Botswana – Motswiri camp
Motswiri camp is located in the world renowned Selinda Reserve. And operates exclusively on over 120,000 acres of pristine, African bush. This beautiful and remote area combines the open flood plains of the Okavango Delta to the West. And to the North of the camp with the thick, riverine forests lining the Selinda Spillway to the East. What makes this area unique is the Selinda Spillway. It is an ancient watercourse that links the Okavango and the Kwando-Linyanti River drainage systems. In recent decades this has seldom even filled, let alone flowed. However, in 2006 water entered the Spillway from both ends, and it has filled annually since.
Due to the diversity of the vegetation, the birding is superb. The reserve is also home to giraffe, zebra, tsesebe, roan antelope, sable, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and many elephant.
Motswiri offers a unique, charming and comfortable base from which to explore some of Africa’s remotest areas. It meets the latest, exacting environmental standards and is largely solar powered.
The central main area of the camp boasts with a large, comfortable sitting area with separate dining room. It has wonderful views of the spillway and the wildlife that is attracted to it to drink. There is a discreet sunbathing area with its own plunge pool to jump into when the going gets a bit too hot! In addition, there is a separate viewing platform which overlooks a deep pool where the elephants come to drink. The communal areas and one of the five tents are specifically designed to cater for disabled guests.
Five large and tastefully appointed en-suite, classic Meru tents all on raised decking. Each tent overlooks the Selinda Spillway where the elephants regularly come to bath in the afternoons and each tent has its own private bathroom and large decked veranda.
Motswiri Camp also welcomes families and have a specially designed family unit – can be configured for double bed or twin accommodation.
Activities from the camp are all unique and in line with the concession policy of low impact safaris. Walking and horse riding safaris, canoeing and mokoros are the activities on offer. Game drive vehicles are also available for those not wishing to do any of the above activities. With only ten people in camp at a time, activities are tailored to the individual’s needs.
For the horse riding enthusiast, five and seven night riding safaris are available. The camp has twenty well-schooled horses, all stabled in a barn at the back of the camp and all accustomed to riding in big game areas. Please note that, for safety reasons, they will only take experienced riders on riding trails.