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Fabulous Selinda Reserve; Immaculate Great Plains Conservation; Driving around the reserve with the fabulous Vundi (November 2019) and lots lots more....


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madaboutcheetah

Dear All,

 

Never too late to start a Trip report, I suppose???  I am officially locked down for 21 days starting today (so is all of India) ....... As I dream of Botswana ........ Never too late to start the editing ;) 


Fabulous time with Vundi ....... Great Plains are a phenomenal operator with immaculate details ironed down to the smallest details ......... Superb food and wine, great service, details down to the smallest elements ......... Overall, a great time to be had!

 

Here's the first bunch of images ........ 

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madaboutcheetah

Next batch of images ......... 

 

The Selinda Reserve seemed to have Leopard on demand .......

 

The young pair of cheetah made their way from the Southern Section of Kwando - I am told by Selinda guides that they cover a huge territory from Lebala through Selinda, into Savuti.  (not to be confused with the Big boys up in Lagoon area) 

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Bush dog

@madaboutcheetah

 

Indeed, Hari, great Selinda reserve!  How is Vundi?  Excellent start also.

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks Mike - he’s very well ... unfortunately, his visit in April to the USA has to be postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. I hope he will be able to go later ..... 

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BRACQUENE

@madaboutcheetah

 

Thanks for starting a new report on the beautiful Selinda Reserve   ; in these uncertain and dark times every  new topic to dream about  is extremely welcome  ! 

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Bush dog

Hari, are those lions from the Selinda pride or the Wapoka?

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks @BRACQUENE

 

@Bush dog - this is selinda pride..... wapoka almost always in lebala nowadays..... 

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mtanenbaum

These are magnificent photos--thanks so much for sharing. Which is your favorite cat? Mine is the leopard--although I have never seen a tiger in the wild (only at the zoo) so if I ever get to India that could depose the leopard. 

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madaboutcheetah

@mtanenbaum - Thank you..... cheetah, cheetah, cheetah ..... easy answer!!!! 😊

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Atravelynn

I have spots in my eyes after this first post.

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks @Atravelynn - trust all's well ...... Stay safe!!!

 

In this instalment -a nomadic male Lion who popped out of the mopane ..... He was okay with one vehicle, but, apparently after we left and two other vehicles got in, he got a little frisky! 

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Athene

@madaboutcheetah thank you for writing another Botswana trip report. Your photos are beautiful.

I am curious - was it very hot in November and was it raining?

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Thanks @Athene - Yup quite hot..... Just the first couple of T'storms ...... 

 

In this instalment - we had missed the Lioness take down the lechwe by perhaps a few seconds!!! Quite gory to see her pull out the foetus ........ 

 

 

 

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xelas

Great that all you busy travellers are now forced to stay home, as Trip reports are coming our way :D. Beautiful photos.

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Antee

Finally something good from all those lock downs - Trip reports :) 

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Atravelynn

All ok with me, thanks.  You stay safe too.  Likely more population density wherever you are now than in the wilds of Botswana.

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks @xelas @Antee and @Atravelynn 


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michael-ibk

Great to get another report from you Hari, hope you are ok over there in India?

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Bush dog

@madaboutcheetah

 

That Selinda landscape with those islands with ilala palm trees, so different than a lot of others in Africa, gorgeous.

 

Was the first picture on #17 taken in the business lounge of Selinda international ?  

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AKR1

Lovely report Hari. Selina looks fabulous. The second picture above of the shot from inside  the common area looking overlooking the stunning landscape Is a poignant reminder of the Bush during this time of urban lockdowns. Reminds me of the the old Duba Plains camp. 
 Stay safe all. 

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madaboutcheetah

Thanks a lot @michael-ibk - in total lockdown here ..... trying to hang in there like the rest of the world .... please stay safe! 
 

@Bush dog - correct, Mike .... so on the day of arrival vundi had organised tea on arrival because he didn’t want to waste game drive time ... we sent the bags to

camp! 
 

@AKR1 - please take care .... hope all is well, especially in NY take extra extra care!!!! 

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Atravelynn

You can process Botswana photos as part of your lockdown routine, @madaboutcheetah.  Stay safe!

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elefromoz

@madaboutcheetah, 2nd shot, I bet there's not one person here who doesn't wish they were sitting on one of those Ottomans right now.

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Safaridude

@madaboutcheetah  Fantabulous as usual!  I hope there is much more to come.  I, too, am dreaming of Botswana.

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Peter Connan

Great report, as usual!

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