The June 2012 Zarafa Camp Top 10 experiences.
10. Cheetah on the way out to the airstrip. Often the last mammal anyone ever sees on a safari is an impala or maybe a warthog grazing at the airstrip before they leave on a plane. For a recent couple it happened to be a cheetah as we tracked one on the way to the airstrip using the stare of a male Giraffe for assistance.
9. Bag piping sundowner. A first ever for Selinda Reserve as a guest, Clive, brought in his bag pipes and we wore kilts and squeezed a few tunes out over the lagoon.
8. 80+ Buffalo seen in front of Zarafa, another first ever for such a sized herd. All to do with the dry conditions this year meaning more herd around the permanent waters.
7. Breaking the channel between Selinda and Zarafa. With the waters increasing in height we have managed to break through a channel which allows us to boat between the two camps.
6. The African Skimmers are back and photogenic as always. A 5 minute boat trip from Zarafa camp and they can be seen skimming through the waters of the lagoon at dawn and dusk. Also pictured above
5. Sitting at “Coppa loop” watching the Elephant herds come in. A favorite spot to just park up and watch as literally hundreds of elephants come down to drink throughout the day. Parking the vehicle up for a couple of hours and watching the interaction is an experience second to none.
4. Tracking the new lion male of Selinda Reserve. A new male to the reserve has come down from Namibia, we think, to stake his claim for the area. He is incredibly shy and only a few lucky guests and staff have managed to see him. Excellent tracking skills are required.
3. Leopard and Guinea fowl. A guest, Francois, sees his first ever Leopard take Guinea Fowl in the middle of the day. Incredible first treat and lots and lots of feathers.
2. The night drive with Cheetah and Aardvark. Kane showed off his skill with an extraordinary sighting of an Aardvark near camp but more so of a sighting of a female cheetah, pregnant, hunting at night which is unheard of as it is so dangerous for them.
1. And the top of the charts this month goes to Patricia and Reuben for being the first from the Zarafa team to see the new wild dog den in the northern part of the concession. Patricia was presented with a complimentary bottle of Painted Wolf’s “The Den” Chenin Blanc. Well done Patricia.
Tags: Aardvark, African Skimmers, Botswana Luxury Safari, Cape Buffalo, cheetah, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Elephants, giraffe, Great Plains Conservation, Guinea Fowl, impala, Leopards, lion, Selinda Reserve, Selinda Wild Dog, Warthog, Zarafa Camp
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