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Well, I have been in Botswana for a few days now, and I can’t tell you how many camps I have seen, and fell in love with!  From Abu we moved to a place called Xigera (key-ja-ra) Mokoro Camp.  To get there we launch into the Delta on the Mokoro’s (dugout canoes) and spent 2 lovely hours floating along the waterways!  The water is so clean you can see the lily pad roots all the way down to the sandy delta bottom!  We spent a while trying to find the painted reed frogs, which are about the size of my thumb nail!  The guides of course spotted them easily as can be and help the rest of us!

Camp was awesome, a true African Bush experience; Just what I was for on an adventure vacation.  I had my own tent, with 2 comfortable cots and a private bathroom, well there was a drop toilet and a bucket shower, but it was mine. We spent our time enjoying the camp fire and telling stories of other camp experiences.  Dinner was an amazing collection of cooked-over- the-fire items like chicken curry and all kinds of vegetables… so good!

From there we moved through several of Wilderness Safari’s lodges!  They are all unique, beautifully appointed, and each offered something special that made you want to stay!  I won’t kill you with details, but I will point out a few of my favorite things!  Kings Pool had these amazing semi-circular lounges that we congregated in to look over into Namibia; they also set up our dinner on the deck and provided hooded blankets in case we were cold.  I was treated to an outside bath in a beautiful copper tub at Jacana Camp. We also had a hippo walking through camp when we arrived one afternoon.  Vumbra North had the most amazing common area I have ever seen! It was modern design that flowed perfectly with the surroundings!  I kept joking that they should send me this swing that hands in the ‘living room’; it was a floating braided seat that was so comfy! Joa looked like it had grown completely organically in the trees, and the spa…. Oh the spa…. I wish I could have stayed and enjoyed a treatment!

(Vumbra North)

Needless to say I am very excited about the camps, and Wilderness Safaris as a company.  I am proud that we are partnering with them, and I can’t wait to share all of these places with others on African Safaris!

Come back soon for more on the game viewing in Botswana, which is second to none!

Your Friendly Travel Expert,

Mindy Vanderhoof

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