Victoria Falls, Chobe and the Okavango Delta with Kiboko

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In November, I was lucky enough to participate in an overland trip with Kiboko Adventures. This was my first ever trip to Africa so I was a mix of excited and nervous emotions while I began my long journey from Sydney to Victoria Falls.

Now there is a reason they call it The Majestic Victoria Falls, because it is just that! Although it was said this was the driest The Falls has been in many years, it was still an incredible site to see!

Onwards to Botswana where we were able to visit somewhere I had dreamed of for many years, the Makgadikgadi Pan. We spent a beautiful afternoon driving through the pans sighting many buffalo and springbok before we arrived at this endless stretch of beautiful nothingness which is everything I had ever thought it would be and more!

We then headed to Moremi where we were lucky enough to spot hippo, giraffe, zebra, elephant and wildebeest on our incredible game drives. Our tracker, a man with a good eye for spots, found us a beautiful leopard who was hiding up in a tree.

Next onto the Okavango Delta where the birdlife is prolific! We stayed at a lodge in the Panhandle so we are lucky enough to have a fantastic water supply and could partake in some water-based game activities. We had a fantastic day floating down the river in the traditional Mokoro boats, our ‘polers’ from the local village pointing out all the flora and fauna around us made for such a special day. Following our day on the river, we were taken up in a helicopter to view the Delta from the sky.

A quick overnight in Chobe made me add this place to my ‘Must Come Back’ list! Our amazing boat safari took us onto the Chobe River where we saw herds of elephant, water buffalo, and a poor little warthog get snatched up by a crocodile for his dinner.

Our tour ended back at Victoria Falls Airport however with the SAA strike I had to stay one extra night – oh no, an extra night in paradise? How am I going to cope! My lovely roomy from the Famil had an extra night booked at The Elephant Camp so we bunked together for one final night in a luxury tented suite with our own private plunge pool! The Elephant Camp is a Fully Inclusive property so we were able to partake in their daily activities such as a walking safari, sundowners at Batoka Gorge and the incredible and unmissable Elephant Interaction where I was able to get up close and personal with some beautiful creatures who were saved from the Zimbabwe elephant culling in the 80s.

This was by far, the most spectacular and eye-opening trip I have ever been on. I am so grateful to be a part of a company that encourages us to have first-hand learning experiences in countries as beautiful as these.

Thanks Africa, I’ll be back!

Tour Date:  9 November 2019
Participant: Madi

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