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November: Last Chances for our Wild Botswana Safari EVER That's right! Our most popular Wildland Adventure in Botswana is coming to an end after 2014 and there only few spaces remaning on the final departures in November (11th - 20th or 24th - Dec 2nd). Many of the wildlife camps have undergone a dramatic refurbishment and will be repurposed for other itineraries in the future. The Wild Botswana therefore offers an incredible value for the remainder of 2014. Limited to 8 travelers and under the guidance of one master safari guide thoughout, visit private concessions for exclusive wildlife viewing from Victoria Falls, through Chobe and the Linyanti and to the Okavango Delta.  November in Botswana provides excellent oppotunities for wildlife viewing as much of the game is concentrated near the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta and Linyanti/Chobe River systems following months of dry days and the searing heat of October. The cooling short afternoon rains of November trigger...
Heart Pounding Mokoro Ride in Botswana's Okavango Delta Our Wild Botswana safari was absolutely amazing!  I don’t think we could have had a better guide. Francis Kudomo was so knowledgeable about everything from animals to stars to the history of Botswana.  He was hospitable, patient, and accommodating.  He knew the wildlife like the back of his hand and in a short time we trusted him.  He was so thorough in making sure all our bags were with us before each flight, in going over camp rules, letting us know the plans for each day the night before.  With four women on our safari he was very patient with frequent loo stops.  He never minded.  What a great guy!    We had never gone anywhere with a tour before and I don’t think we could have had a better group.  We were all like-minded in so many ways and meshed very well.  We were probably one of the most talkative...

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What's Happening in Africa As Wildland's Africa Program Director I have some exciting news from Southern Africa and new opportunities to share.  South African Rand Exchange Rate: The ZAR is trading at nearly 10.5 to the dollar (up from 8 in 2012) offering some excellent opportunities in South Africa and Namibia, compared to 16-18% tax and permit fee increases on tourism related services in other popular safari destinations including as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Flights: Refurbished airports and new flight schedules are making it easier to link up wildlife parks and to move throughout Africa. Here’s some important ones: Skukuza Airport (SZK) near Kruger National Park reopened making a direct and seamless connection between Cape Town and the famed private concessions bordering the park. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA) is building a new runway that should be complete by April 2015 allowing for large aircraft opening up this vital gateway for better access to...

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Delving Deep into Southern Africa This April and May I spent three weeks on safari covering a huge swath of Southern Africa from Zimbabwe to Zambia to Botswana to South Africa. While clocking over 1 year total in combined time on various trips to Africa I had not yet been to some of the famed parks of Southern Africa and to be honest I was bit unprepared for how impressive this part of Africa would be and the lasting memories I’d take home. I've written a series of blogs highlighting some of the destinations I found most interesting during my safari, I saw way too much to squeeze into one blog.   Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange Favorite Lodges and Awesome Fishing in Mana Pools Victoria Falls: Zambia vs Zimbabwe Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta In addition, I created a photo gallery from my trip: Keeping it wild, Jeff...

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Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta Flying over the Okavango Delta is an incredible experience. The sheer size of the delta is hard to grasp when viewing it on a map or Google Earth and it seems endless when viewing it in person. When fully spread out it covers an area nearly 155mi by 95mi with 290 billion gallons of water. The elevation change over this huge area is only about 215 feet so that means the water slowly creeps in over months to reach its furthest extent. What would otherwise be flat Kalahari dessert is a rich mixture of grasslands, woodlands and papyrus swamps which consume some 60% of the waters with the rest mostly lost through evaporation. It’s heaven for wildlife and a real treat for any visitor. I traveled around extensively within the area and instead of getting lost in the details of each area I’d like to provide some basic observations about...
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