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optig

On this trip I went to Kafue National Park for 10 nights and stayed at Nanzhila Plains for three nights, Musekese for four, and Chisa Busanga for 4. I went to Grootbos Forest Lodge for 5 nights, and Mashatsu tented camp for 5. Due to all of the transfers and covid 19 I also had to stay for three nights in Lusaka, one in Livingstone, one in Cape Town, and two in Johannesburg.  After an evening spent in Johannesburg, I first went to Mashatsu Tented Camp. It did live up to it's reputation for being an outstanding place to see leopards and other predators. In one day I managed to see four different leopards!! I also enjoyed great sightings of lions and saw two cheetahs.

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Tom Kellie

~ @optig:

 

What a pleasant surprise! Thank you so much for telling about your recent travels.

 

The selection of camps is delightful.

 

Thank you for posting the images above.

 

Seeing them is an especially nice way to end 2021.

 

Happy travels in 2022!

 

         Tom K.

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Kitsafari

very jealous @optigbut so glad you still managed to do so many areas for safaris!

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optig

On the second day at Mashatsu Tented Camp I saw plenty of wildlife. I had heard that the guiding there was somewhat weak, but I found it to be just fine. I was particularly enthused to see two cheetahs as well as plenty of elephants. And yes the birding was good as well.

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optig

On my 3rd day at Mashatsu, I wasn't bored at all even if I was seeing thing like wildebeest and impala which had seen many times before.I was still having the most enjoyable day.I really wish that more travel agents would offer their clients the three Mashatsu Camps,they can be combined with the rest of Botswana as well as the Kruger area.

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madaboutcheetah

@optig- sounds like another wonderful trip!!!  Quick question - did you need to do a rapid test again at the border entry when you entered Botswana? or was the PCR test enough? 

 

 

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Great start @optigand I can tell you that  your choice of camps in the Kafue was absolutely outstanding ; I have not been to  Green Safaris Chisa Busanga “The Nest” but discussed it in my Kafue topic and I am all ears to what you will tell us about it !

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Tom Kellie

~ @optig: More delightful images!

 

Thank you so much for taking time to prepare and post this trip report.

 

Your sightings are a welcome tonic for the safari-starved soul.

 

      Tom K.

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@madaboutcheetahI remember that crossing  the border from South Africa to Botswana took far more time than crossing the border in the other direction.I must have had a pcr test when crossing the border from South Africa.

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These are photos from my fourth day at Mashatsu. I remember hearing that the guiding was weak and uninspired, but I thought that it was just fine. 

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These are my sightings from my fifth and final day at Mashatsu Tented Camp. I have to say that I really did enjoy my stay there. I had terrific sightings of lions, leopards, and elephants. The food was yummy and the South African wine was just superb. My tent was comfortable, but it got hot in the afternoon. It did had 2 fans but they were not really sufficient.

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optig

After my stay at Mashatsu Tented Camp I went to stay at Grootbos Lodge for a safari of a different kind. I thought that the staff, food, and the variety of excursions were all exemplary. I particularly enjoyed my charming guide Alison. I took the cruise and saw plenty of whales and seals. I also took the boat excursion from Robertson. I saw no less than 8 new species of birds. I don't have photos because both trips made it difficult to take any photos.

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wilddog

it all sounds and looks amazing @optig.How fortunate that you are able to travel extensively at this difficult time. thanks for sharing it with us.

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TonyQ

@optigI am enjoying catching up with your trip

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