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17 June 2020

The Sounds of Safari

Silence. A crunch. A rustle. A grumble. A snarl. A growl. A bark. A snort. A splash. A yelp. A laugh. A call. Silence How many of these sounds did you hear while on safari? And how many of these sounds did you recognize as the possible presence of one of the fantastic animals you came to see? There are many ways for you to enhance your safari experience. One of them is learning what to liste…

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17 June 2020

Camp Updates - June 2020

INTRODUCTION TO THE MONTHLY CAMP UPDATES Welcome to the first post of our Desert & Delta Safaris monthly updates. The purpose of these posts is to bring you monthly updates and behind the scenes stories from our camps and lodges. We will focus on relevant topics such as water level updates in the Oka…

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27 May 2020

All-Round Action

Mana Meadows recently visited Leroo La Tau and spoke to stalwart Desert & Delta Safaris staff member Action on creating a combination safari in Botswana. Here’s what he had to say.

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13 May 2020

On the mokoro with Slade

If you’ve been to Xugana Island Lodge in the last year, chances are you won’t forget meeting “Slade” – the softly spoken giant with the serene smile who is as passionate about the Okavango Delta as he is about guiding. We know lots of you want to hear from Slade so we caught up with him recently at Xugana. Writer and photographer Mana Meadows met up with Slad…

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4 May 2020

Getting to know “Chef Maggie” at Savute Safari Lodge

Famed for being able to remember names and faces of all guests who pass through camp (no easy feat in a big and busy camp like Savute Safari Lodge) – Chef Maggie is shy but assertive – her bright smile warming you up as soon as you meet her. Margaret Makgetho started with Desert and Delta Safaris in October 2007 – moving from the laundry and housekeeping departme…

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14 April 2020

The Bandit Boys of Moremi

Botswana’s very own – Ghost and the darkness You may have watched or at least heard about the gripping story and movie of two man-eating lions in Kenya’s Tsavo region in 1898. Well, the two lions in the story to follow are certainly not famous for the same reasons but our Marketing Manager, Andrew, has nicknamed them after the movie title as a result of a few ‘bone-c…

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7 March 2020

Celebrating International Women's Day with Chobe Game Lodge

Our business is all about the way Desert and Delta Safaris CARES. Today on International Women’s Day, we are focusing specifically on the ‘E’ from CARES: EQUALITY. Women play a pivotal part in the success of any business and we are so proud of our empowerment initiatives, we have Africa’s first and only all-women guiding team at Chobe Game Lodge. Our drive towards empowering women in th…

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7 February 2020

FLORENCE & ERNEST ON THE RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL TOUR TO THE USA

On the 10th January 2020 – Florence Kagiso (Chobe Game Lodge) and Ernest Chaba & James Wilson (Desert & Delta Safaris) headed for the United States on their first #ResponsibleTravelTour. Their mission was to spread the word about the real positive impact of tourism in Botswana when it c…

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3 January 2020

Potential is all you need

She’s in love with her job and the whole world can see it – her positivity is infectious. She’s also currently the first and only woman guide in the Desert & Delta bush camps, currently based at Camp Xakanaxa. Leeng Lynn Tebalo talks to us about her experiences of entering this male-dominated arena, and how your attitude is e…

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3 January 2020

Guest Review: Experiencing Botswana's Desert & Delta

We love receiving stories and photos from our guests who have travelled to Botswana with us. Below is a lovely account . from Kiley and Jennifer who did a five-night safari earlier this year. One of the reasons we chose Botswana as a destination was for the variety of environments and the opportunity to see different concentrations of animals in different places. The quality of the cam…

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8 November 2019

Predators of Moremi: A Spectacular Sighting

The Moremi Game Reserve is well known for its comprehensive protective measures in regards to the wildlife within its parameters. This has allowed for the co-existence of different species of predators such as wild dogs, lions, leopards, and hyenas to name a few. On the 15th of May, the Desert & Delta Safaris guides team spotted a special sighting in the Xakanaxa area. Several different pre…

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8 November 2019

Guiding is not only about guiding

Ishmael Mogamisi is passionate about two things: guiding, and teaching – so we’re really glad he decided to combine the two and lead a new generation of Desert and Delta safari guides. He talks to us about guiding – and what it takes to be a great guide.

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30 October 2019

On the move with Ernest

Ernest Chaba is always on the move. His flexibility and ability to think quick and on his feet have meant he’s an ideal candidate for moving between the Desert and Delta camps, problem solving, training new managers – and relief managing when needed.

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18 September 2019

Intoxication by large beasts

Guest writer Mana Meadows goes on a walking safari with Camp Xugana’s head guide Batanani “Slade” Mmegwa and wonders if her Monday mornings will ever be the same again.

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4 September 2019

Roots in the delta, heart in Boteti

Meet Olepeng Maitapiso –or simply “Ollie” who hails from a town deep within the Okavango Delta and has been with Desert and Delta for over twelve years. By Mana Meadows. Ollie’s roots may be buried deep amongst the wetlands and lily pads of the Okavango Delta but his heart is with the dry scrubland of the Boteti region, a little-explored wilderness which he is proud to call ho…

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4 September 2019

Pel's Fishing Owl - A sighting to remember

A sighting you didn’t even know was on your bucket list until you see this! BB – the manager at Xugana Island Lodge recounts seeing a very special sighting of a Pel’s fishing Owl fighting off a baby crocodile for a fish. “Bird watching is like stamps collecting –you don’t really appreciate it until you already have some stamps in your collection to admire and compare(Rael and Helene…

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4 September 2019

Big feelings with Baba, stalwart of Savute

Can a landscape make you who you are? Ngande Shimwe, more fondly known as “Baba”, the big man with the even bigger heart and one of Desert and Delta’s most well-loved guides says Savute has given him everything he has. Guest post by Mana Meadows “I feel I’m part of the landscape. I feel I’m part of the wildlife also.” Known for his special relationship with the Marsh pri…

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14 June 2019

CELEBRATING WE ARE AFRICA AWARDS ONE MONTH ON

At the annual We Are Africa travel show in Cape Town last month, which brings together the best and the brightest from the African tourism industry and worldwide partners, two of our people walked away winners at the Innovation awards. Gorata Nyame from Savute Safari Lodge and Albert Ndereki from Chobe Game Lodge won the Rise Africa and the Shape Africa awards, respectively. Gorata’s Rise…

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4 July 2018

WILD DOGS ATTACK LIONESS AND CUB IN MOREMI

Our latest guest blog feature is by Walter Smith who visited Camp Xakanaxa where he and his family enjoyed the sighting of a lifetime involving a lioness, her cub and a pack of wild dogs. This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Moremi Game Reserve with my family and we enjoyed our stay at Camp Xakanaxa immensely. We took a drive to Paradise Pools as we …

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