Recently Spotted

  The lions were outnumbered by a sizable 50 to 1 but they have seen a herd of buffalo, some weighing over a tonne and armed with a sharp pair of horns on top of a mighty boss charge them before. This is what the lions of Duba have watched their parents do from the [...]

September news - Mara Plains and Mara Toto, Kenya

Hello from Mara Plains and Mara Toto on the plains of the central Masai Mara, plains which are currently bathing in the orange morning light and still (really) covered in wildlife. Over the past few months our reports from the Mara have tended to start this way but considering the time of the year and [...]

September News - Selinda Camp, Botswana

September in the Bush The month of September started with sad news. We lost three of the Wapuka pride lion cubs. While we do not know for sure, we suspect they died of a snake bite as they were found paralyzed which can be the symptom of neurotoxic venom. Only one of the four cubs [...]

Pierre’s nutty chocolate brownies are a divine experience that need to be tasted for those with a sweet tooth. Indulgence has never looked so good, just let your instincts take over.     When the buffalo cross they need to keep an eye out for the crocs ever lurking in the deep water. This formidable [...]

Like every business, the top of the chain always works ahead of the curve whether it being offering something nobody else has thought of, an innovative marketing scheme or dedicated individuals that add their passion and expertise to change the formula once thought as the highest level. The safari industry is always developing and staying [...]

We did our first complimentary booking from Zarafa to Duba on the 10th of September for Mr. and Mrs. Cleverland. Mitch, the pilot, flew them the length of the spillway, on a stunning scenic trip, before having a complimentary surprise champagne stop on a remote palm island. After the 15 minute stopover the helicopter lifted [...]

If you’ve never seen lions before in your life, it would be very hard to recognize these vicious, yet interesting beasts after a good tussle with buffaloes. It was yet another interesting afternoon in Duba as OB and his guests watched the lions take advantage of the mud to take down buffaloes. On this day [...]

August News - Mara Plains and Mara Toto, Kenya

‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not’. The Lorax, Dr Seuss A very warm hello from the Mara and the whole team here on the plains where we are all wrapped up and wearing layers against our winter and what we consider to be cold. [...]

Ditshebo Tsima Our Selinda Guide – known as “Dicks” has produced some of the most incredible “in action” shots this season at Selinda, here is just a small sample of many.       The Selinda Reserve has an incredible number of Lion Cubs at present.  One pride of 4 females claim 9 cubs  When [...]

August News - Selinda Camp, Botswana

 Dispatches from Selinda Camp August 2013 Denning dogs nearby Elephants in camp daily Multiple Leopard cup sightings Daily Hippos around Camp Wild Dogs killing in camp Lions roaring in the morning by camp Cheetahs hunting   August is still considered winter in Botswana but it has been a mild one at Selinda. In contrast to [...]

August News - Zarafa Camp, Botswana

The Zarafa Camp – Dispatches August 2013 Spring in the air brings an abundance of incredible sightings August passed Zarafa by and the first day of spring revealed itself. Most days followed a peaceful bush pace, the fresh morning hours elapsing slowly but surely into 4 o’clock tea-time and passing on to another amazing sunset.  [...]

August News - Duba Plains Camp, Botswana

Stories around the fire Stories would be told around the fire in the evenings with a sip of Gin and tonic, this time sitting a little further from the blazing fire as we see winter away and welcoming spring. “OT don’t you think the pangolins are the remains of the Dinosaurs”. Before getting a nicely [...]

    Feel free to admire some of the most stunning images taken by Reuben, who is one of our guides based at Zarafa Camp.  All of these images were taken with guests on game drives from the camp. Can you spot the Aardvark carcass up the tree? YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THIS ON [...]

26th Aug 2013 Posted in: Botswana Camps, BushBuzz, Recently Spotted, Zarafa Camp 0

  Boating on the Zibidianja Lagoon, on the HSE Zibidianja  is an experience completely unique to our guests at Zarafa.  The boat can take up to 8 guests on an exclusive and private cruise for sunrise, sunset, lunchtime on the water or even for a spot of fishing. Issac the guide is pictured serving up [...]

I don’t think we have ever had such a run of luck with leopard sightings at Selinda.   Kane our Explorers guide said that for the past month every single guest has seen at east two separate individual leopards, and some times five.  The same has gone for Selinda and Zarafa. There are three mothers [...]

Saalamu mingi from the Mara and especially Mara Plains and Mara Toto camps where the migration season has been as busy as ever and just as action packed as we can remember. Writing this report now, with a huge downpour hammering the new Mara Plains tents and the surrounding area we are so over joyed [...]

17th Aug 2013 Posted in: Botswana Camps, BushBuzz, Recently Spotted, Selinda Camp 0
15th Aug 2013 Posted in: Botswana Camps, BushBuzz, Recently Spotted, Selinda Camp 0

  Thank you Lets who will be seen guiding at both Zarafa and Selinda camps for Great Plains

HIPPO STORY BY THE BAYEI TRIBE (Living in Nothern Botswana) A folk story told around the fire-place When God made me, he gave me this ugly skin. My skin was heavy and outside the water I will burn. I then asked God if I can stay in the water so I can keep my body [...]

July News, Zarafa Camp - Botswana

Windy July It often gets windy in august as frontal systems come into the region.  Typically bright sunny days are cooled by this wind, which is especially pleasant during your siesta period.  For those completely adverse to the warmth fear not as our cool air evening breeze systems in the rooms that can come to [...]

July News - Selinda Camp Botswana

  7 new cubs in the Wapuka pride The cubs are still out doing frequent road patrols this month, trying to spot anything that might provide fair game as the grass is still proving to be that little bit too long for wee heads to look over. These young’uns are still a handful but they [...]

29th Jul 2013 Posted in: BushBuzz, Duba Plains Camp, Recently Spotted 0

  Tsessebe is known to be the fastest antelope. Lions are known to be tactical hunters. It would not be possible for a Lion to out run a Tseessbe, only through cooperative hunting can this be made possible through patience and ambush.  It goes to show that we are developing three strong and mature prides [...]

July News - Duba Plains, Botswana

Not a lot of flood this year The famous Okavango Delta flood began to recede this month, far earlier then in the previous three years.  Our rainy season just did not amount to much, and this was echoed in Angola.  The delta itself was also very dry from the lack of rain, so when the [...]

Our Selinda Reserve guides have announced that the Selinda pack’s female is now very pregnant (pictured). This is quite late in the season (denning normally occurs around June) , we are researching the reason for this. This is incredible news and we are on the edges of our seats waiting for the big day.   [...]

OT’s DUBA LION DIARIES The month of June was a very sad one for Duba lions after losing what they would refer to as a mother and a grandmother to most of these lions found in the area. The unfortunate death happened on the 06th of June.  Mosadimogolo (Old lady), as we would call her was found one [...]

23rd Jul 2013 Posted in: Botswana Camps, BushBuzz, Recently Spotted, Selinda Camp 0

This month has seen for some fantastic game viewing but unfortunately you wont see much in the thick bush without the keen and experienced eyes of our guides here at Selinda. The current MVP for photos and sightings most recently has been our new guide Lets who we snapped up from Savuti Bushcamp. Not only [...]

                  Roan antelope are one of our most “elegant” mammal species that you can see on the Selinda Reserve. Not only three years ago these were incredibly shy, and to get a distant image was quite luckily.  Today, and seven years on since the concessions hunting completely [...]

19th Jul 2013 Posted in: Botswana Camps, BushBuzz, Recently Spotted, Selinda Camp 0

We have a new member of staff here at Selinda. This one works more on a volunteer basis and focuses more on the pest control side of the maintenance team. Meet Madison our Flap Necked Chameleon who is always on standby if there is anything large buzzing around the rooms. Her favourite hangouts include the [...]

We are finding an unprecedented number elephant visits to out camps this year. Zarafa has the famous George and now Selinda, Explorers, and Duba Plains are seeing them far more then they have in previous years. The main reason is that we had a very dry – wet season (an oxymoron perhaps?) and this has [...]

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