|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on September 9, 2016 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
Unlimited Tours & Safari September Trip report
4 nights Moremi, Khwai and Chobe by professional safari guide Jack Ntema
I had the fantastic opportunity to go on Safari with three guests from Bulgaria. Fantastic people that were happy and easy going, a real pleasure to spend a few days with them showing them the beauty of our country.
Safari was excellent as our guests loved birds so life was easy for me ;-)
In mammals they loved hippos,hyena,giraffes and wild dogs and we saw all this in our safari. We saw the wilddogs in Xakanaka (Jesse pools) our guests and I were busy focused on a grey hornbill trying by all means to swallow a chameleon as we continued a drive Maria said to me; "Jack I saw something..." and I reversed the vehicle and scanned the ground for something interesting and suddenly 1 wilddog lifted it's head after hearing the vehicle and we drove closer and watched this endangered species with excitement. We left the wilddogs and drove about 100 meters and saw 3 old male lions... Sometimes everything happens at once when on safari. That is the beauty you never know what the bush will give you…
Lions, crocodiles and lots of buffaloes was the bonus of our safari And we were fortunate on our way from Chobe to Kasane we met 3 lions - two young males and 1 lioness...We were on our own,no traffic at all, which made it a private and special sighting
And what a final last morning, on the drive through khwai before finally heading to Chobe we found a Honey badger, immidiately when we joined the main route,this fearless little creature joined the road from the other side and started his search for morning meal by scrapping the ground here and there....and about 5 minutes after leaving honey badger...The spotted hyena also crossed the road...lovely morning
Thanks for a great safari, hope to see you again soon ;-)
|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on July 28, 2016 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
July Safari report - 10 days safari with Alina x 2 guided by Kane Motswana
I met this young couple Alina and Mat from Romania at Back packers; they looked very energetic and more adventurous more especially that they had just finished two nights of kayaking in the Thamalakane River with BackPackers. I knew from the moment I started talking to them that we were going to have fun.
We started our journey to Moremi, our first campground was Xakanaxa for 3 nights. We arrived late in the evening to Xakanaka, we saw lots of game on the way, but there was nothing extraordinary though good for arrival day. When we got to Camp we were wel-comed by smiling faces of Joster and Eddy the chef. The camp looked great and more welcoming. Eddy and Joster presented a lovely dinner to us that we had and afterwards we went to bed.
Our first morning at Xakanaxa was the highlight; we did not expect anything of that sort. Just after our breakfast a pack of 10 wild dogs chased an impala straight through our camp and killed the Impala about 300 meters away. My excitement erupts massively when my day starts like this in the bush, and I guess it excites the guests too, we put on our shoes in the vehicle if we did not have them on. Those guests with experience about the bush and the guides will know what I mean. Usually it becomes one of those mo-ments you can’t just waste for another cup of coffee. We quickly jumped in the vehicle and went to where they were feeding. They finished the Impala within 45 minutes and started looking for another prey, unbelievable. I didn’t believe when I saw them chasing another Impala which we thought they have killed in the bush because the whole pack went into the bush.
The morning was fantastic followed by a great afternoon. I got the bush news from one of the guides that there were three male lions in the area; my plan was to go and spend the afternoon with the lions until they wake up. One thing I like about the bush is that you never know what’s coming, during my guiding career my plans have been interrupted many times for the better. A female cheetah walked across the road just few meters away from our vehicle, and we were the only vehicle to see this cheetah. This is what I refer to as a gift from my Gods and I know well that when this kind of a surprise happens it re-minds me about the Gods of the San. After the cheetah we quickly rushed to see the lions before the park close, we ended our day with three handsome male lions.
Day two was amazing as well, on our morning drive we headed towards Dead Tree Island and further into the floodplains. We explored the beauty of Xakanaxa, wide open flood-plains with lots of general game. We continued following the plains and we came across a pack of 4 wild dogs resting under a shade, this was a different pack from the one we saw the previous day. The alpha female looked like she was lactating; I even thought there was a den with puppies somewhere in the island. After the dogs we decided to get back to our camp for lunch. When we got to camp we all thought the morning drive was over and it was great, then suddenly our lunch was interrupted.
Just as we dished our lunch a leopard roared about 200 meters away from where we were having our lunch. We quickly jumped in the game drive vehicle and left, as we drove off I told Joster and Eddy that we will be back in a few minutes as we just heard leopard call-ing a few meters away from our campground. We found the sub adult female leopard up on the tree, we watched her move up and down the tree and she even roared a couple of times while we were there, it looked like she was on heat looking for a male. We left her when she came down the tree and went into the thickets. After all that action we now felt like we needed our lunch, we went back and finished our lunch, the lunch tested better than the first bite we got before we went for the leopard. We ended the afternoon with a short sighting of a shy leopard that was running away from us and left him in peace.
Xakanaka was on fire, most of our highlights of the trip more special in animal interac-tion were from Xakanaxa. We walked away with a score of 2 leopard, 1 cheetah, 14 wild dogs (2 different packs ), 3 hyenas, 3 male lions, a kill ( dogs killing an impala ) and many general game.
We left early for Khwai, this was to give Joster and Eddy time to break down the camp and to go ahead and set up in Khwai. These guys are like machines when coming to breaking down the camp and re-building it. We often laugh at other crews when we see how they do the breaking and re-building the camp very late, they have to go for training at Unlim-ited Tours and Safaris. I know all the time that Joster and Eddy will be ready around 12 o’ clock or latest one if our next destination is far. Wonderful team work, we were unbeata-ble. Just as we got to Khwai, Khwai welcomed us with a beautiful sighting of a young fe-male leopard and 2 male lions.
Our three nights at Khwai was fabulous, Khwai never disappoints. We had a wonderful sighting of female leopard with her sub adult cub feeding on an impala kill and we also saw another female leopard with impala kill at Magotho area. The afternoon drives were great with elephants and general game along the Khwai River, there is always something to see. Our highlight at Khwai was seeing the wild dog puppies at the den; they were so cute and seeing them interacting with the adults. Our second highlight was a male lion roaring 2 meters away from our vehicle, he roared so many times. I have heard lion roar so many times and it always impress me when I hear them roaring that close. Khwai con-tributed with 3 leopards, a pack of wild dogs with puppies, 1 male lion and so many gen-eral game.
2 nights at Savuti was exciting as well, we watched the marsh pride trying to take down a buffalo. We saw the whole chase but the take down was far from the road in the bush, we could hear the buffalo bellowing but we couldn’t go there because of the no off-road rule. We also saw Mopane pride 2 females, 4 cubs and 2 males that afternoon closer to Mara-bou pan. Our stay in Savuti was short but very exciting, the guests enjoyed it.
On our last morning we headed to Chobe, Ihaha area. The Chobe river front area can win award when coming to greatest view on safari. We saw hundreds of elephants, buffalos and zebras along the river, wonderful scenery, seing elephants and buffalo heads cross-ing the chore river is amazing. Our stay in Chobe, Ihaha was just for one night. On our last morning we left early for a boat cruise in Kasane, and then afterwards the guests were crossing over to Victoria Falls. Just before we exited Chobe a big male lion came roaring, crossing the road. Happy ending! The safari was over; the boat cruise was just a bonus experience to the guests.
The safari ended and we said our goodbyes, the guests went on with their vacation to see another wonder of the world, the Victoria Falls, and we remained in our beloved Botswana ready for new adventures in the bush.
|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on June 9, 2016 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
May trip report, from guide Kane
Unlimited Tours & Safaris, May 2016 with Andrew and family (5 nights,6 days safari in Chobe, Savuti and Khwai)
5 nights safari is a short safari truly speaking, but what matters is how fast you as the guide and the guests can connect with the bush for it to provide you with the best sightings. We as guides we guide differently and we also achieve differently. I Kane never forget my roots,I was taught many secrets and the most important one is to invite my ancestors and the ancestors of the people I’m with to connect with the bush for our benefit. I have done these ceremonies many times and never got disappointed in the bush. Our 6 days was unbelievable,never ending excitements and great sightings until the end.
I have met my group in Kasane, they were coming from Victoria Falls. When they arrived in Kasane they went straight to do a two hour boat cruise in Chobe river. Chobe boat cruise is like a game drive, one of the best boat cruises in the country, great way to start an adventure. The guests had great sightings of elephants crossing the river, lots of hippos and beautiful bird life. Two nights at Savuti Marsh was mind blowing, we saw lots of game more especially predators and the quality of the sightings we saw was unbelievable. We saw two different prides of lions, a pride of 13 (10 cubs and 3 adult females ) which we saw twice during our stay and a pride of 12 ( 2 big males,3 sub adult males, one cub and 6 adult females ). We saw this pride of 12 on our last day on the way to Khwai, we also saw a beautiful female leopard that morning. We walked away from Savuti Marsh with a record of 25 lions, 1 leopard,buffalo herds, elephant bulls and many general game.
Khwai ended in style as well, we had elephants,hyenas and hippos around our campsite every night. We almost felt the bush moving, definitely we developed a sixth sense. We saw two different packs of Wild dogs, one pack at the den and one closer to our campsite on a hunt. We followed and witnessed one pack chasing Impalas even though the hunt was unsuccessful, it was great to witness all that. On our last morning Khwai awarded us with beautiful sightings of three male lions in an early morning light surrounded by huge herds of Red lechwes. The overall result was fantastic sightings on the entire trip.
In conclusion, with the connection we had with the ancestors and nature the entire trip records of sightings included, 28 lions,1 leopard,5 spotted hyenas,16 wild dogs, big herds of buffaloes, elephants,hippos,many general game and beautiful birds. We didn’t only see big herds and numbers, we witnessed different behaviours, we had 6 absolutely fantastic days.
|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on May 28, 2016 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
May trip report, from guide Kane
Unlimited Tours & Safaris, May 2016 with Gerhard & Christine (5 nights,6 days safari in Moremi and Khwai)
On the first day we left Maun, heading to third bridge, Moremi Game Reserve for our first three nights.On our way to South Gate we stopped,I asked the guests to come out of the vehicle. I explained to the guests that I have to meet them officially through a connection with my ancestors and their ancestors so that they can lead us throughout our journey and we to have great moments at all times. We gathered grass in our hands and called our forefathers and mothers asking for good fortune on their land. Our prayers were richly answered throughout the journey. We have seen amazing sightings, we witnessed unusual animal behaviours, We tracked giants and found them.
5 minutes after we entered Moremi game reserve, South gate we found a pack of 14 African Wild dogs resting under a shade with full bellies not far away from the road. Full bellies and blood around their neck is the indication that shows the had killed some kind of an antelope for example Impala.First time sighting of Wild dogs for Gerhard by 2,it is always great to see Wild dogs as they are rare and endangered species in Africa.
After leaving the wild dogs we had lots of general game like Kudu’s,giraffe,elephants,zebras,hippos. While we were still heading to our first campsite our wild dog sighting was topped by a pride of lions, 3 adult females and 2 cubs. You can’t get a better welcome than that on your first day before you even get to your camp. We arrived to our campsite with happy faces and the camp crew were ready with warm water for showers. Rex the chef was fantastic with his first dinner, we really enjoyed the dinner and went to bed. As soon as we went to bed we were welcomed by the sound of the bush, the roar of the lions.
Our 3 nights,4 days at third bridge went super good. We saw a male cheetah, male leopard, a pack of another wild dogs and another pride of lions. To summaries our Moremi stay in terms of what we have seen is a total of 8 lions, 1 cheetah,1 leopard,20 wild dogs, big herds of elephants, buffalo and many general game like Impala, zebras, giraffes and kudu’s.
On our last day, we left Moremi game reserve and went on full day drive to Khwai with our pack lunch. The whole plan was to take it easy and enjoy our drive on the way to Khwai, this will also give our camp crew enough time to go ahead and set the camp. We arrived Khwai in the evening with a whole list of exciting sightings to tell our camp crew.
Two nights at Khwai went faster than we expected. We had great sighting at every drive we had and even on our last morning it was nonstop excitements. We saw 2 different leopards, 2 packs of wild dogs, lions crossing the Khwai river, a clan of spotted hyenas at the den and many wonderful sightings of elephants along the Khwai river.
In conclusion the entire trip records of sightings included; 11 lions, 3 leopards, 1 cheetah, 35 wild dogs (4 different packs ), 8 hyenas, thousands of elephants and buffalos. A wide range of general game were also seen in large numbers eg Zebras, Kudu, Wildebeest, Giraffes and many others, lovely birds and landscape.
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|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on December 27, 2015 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
A dry season journey through the northern parks of Botswana
We were welcomed by general game at Chobe water front on our first night on safari, good sighting of Roan, Sable Antelope, lots off Elephants and Buffalo.
Spent 3 nights with a Pride of 12 Lions on the Savuti channels near Kudu Rock where the was a paddle of water, This Lions were after a Buffalo kill all with bellies, this was a spectacular/fantastic sighting as we were at the heart of the drinking pool where all animal come to have a drink to quench their thirst and cool their bodies from extreme heat of the Savuti area. Later we welcomed Elephants coming down for a drink and with the sight of Lions the was immediate interaction of Heads of Elephants and pride of lions, Elephants begin to chaise Lions from the pool for them to dominate the area but the three of the twelve pride of Lions resisted the chaise and stayed around later on this three lions freed a female Leopard which was driven by thirst to come for a quench at the pool the female Leopard got chased by the Lions and was up on the tree without a drink, we had Lions and a Leopard on the same place. On our last day in Savuti driving to Kwai Magotho by the Leopard rock in the Savuti area we came across the same pride together mobile all twelve waving goodbye to us as they crossed the road.
Welcomed by a dead young male Kudu which we failed to establish the cause of death, we found a Baterliour Eagle feeding on the curcus , monkey were around and was still fresh. On our first drive on the afternoon we found male Leopard up on a tree a bit shy as we tried to position our self he jumped down the tree and disappeared in the Mophane woodland.
Good morning sighting of three hyenas, they were after Wild dogs around the area, all relaxed under the blue bush on the shade, We also came across Goliath Haron one of the uncommon species but Kwai will provide a good sighting of this bird. The wild dogs were a pack of six, tried to hunt in the morning but no luck till afternoon, in the evening we followed them and stayed with them, as they started to hurt in the evening it was an amazing and fantastic hunt as you can loss them so easily, we lost them in no time but as we knew their strategies of chaising Impala towards the water, they managed to kill a pregnant Impala by the camp site along the river side we located them and find them eating the Impala crushing the bones.
We wake up the following day and sported two Towing eagles as their capitalized and made a good catch on Genie fowl under the bushes, the kill was like watching Lions hunting a Buffalo. We set out for a leopard search around the area on the river road near Magotho Camp sites, we drove around the bush and the magic happened, we nearly drove over a Young Female Leopard, she was laying under the shade, passed her by an inch away from my tyres, just heard my guest jumping and said Hey, thought it was a black mamba only to realize it was a Female Leopard, she got up and headed towards where the Towing eagles killed Genie fowl, she tried to scavenge but one of the Eagles flow away with the bird on the talons up the tree, the Leopard climbed the tree all the way to where the bird was we got great pictures from the sighting.
Moremi second bridge
From Kwai Magotho to second bridge, two young Lions very active greeted us with their active motion as they were mobile around owning the territory, rolling around on the ground, giving each other some love, bonding like just newly wedded couples as we bid goodbye to kwai community, we were later welcomed by two young male Lions laying down close to the road on the Mboma Boat station road from Xini pride
Afternoon magic made by a female leopard which killed an Impala near second bridge, close to the water as it was eating a crocodile came and scavenged, the Leopard watched the crocodile dragging the Impala in to the water and enjoyed late lunch without hustle and we spent the whole afternoon with the Leopard as it was watching the horns of the Impala in the water. we pulled our of the sighting to search for a cheetah but to no avail as we only saw tracks and vultures, as we were about to drive off we saw two young lions walking towards the area where the Leopard killed an Impala suddenly action started, they smelt the impala got into the water find it and started chasing each other. it was a great moment to watch them fighting over for the carcus.
Edited and Compiled by Kabelo Nxeri_sarefo
|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on June 26, 2015 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
We are constantly working to improve and we are now happy to introduce our latest addition to our game drive vehicles. Carlos & team have been working hard to convert it to a game drive vehicle aimed at photographers. We will add the roof this week and then it is ready to hit the bush just in time for high season.
|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on April 2, 2015 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
You can read a fantastic trip report from another green season safari we did in February. Makes you wonder why people call this low season, with the right guide you will have a wonderful time! Please read and see the fantastic photos in the trip report here:
So do not worry about going in green season, there migth be a rain shower or two, but you will be rewarded with a beautiful green, lush landscape, some fantastic skies and above all good game-viewing with lots of newborn animals!
|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on April 2, 2015 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Here is what our guest Steve Lumpkin says after another great green season safari:
"This was our third mobile tented safari with Moses and we spent 14 days in bush from our campsite at Second Bridge in Moremi (BOCA site) to CKKOR #3 in Deception Valley CKGR and then Nxai Pan to see the zebra migration. Some quick highlights of the trip: 41 lions, 9 cheetahs, 5 leopards, 2 wild dog successful hunts on impala, lions in trees, leopard in camp, huge zebra migration in Nxai Pan and being with a pride of 17 lions (together) for 2 days during the zebra migration. The most memorable safari of the 6 we have been on. Moses Ntema has a gift with animals - - they just came to us in a way that no one I have been with the bush can come close to matching. Just incredible ..."
For more of Steves amazing photos please visit: http://stevelumpkin.smugmug.com/
|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on January 16, 2015 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
Here you see the whole Unlimited team in front of our office in Maun! From the left: Head guide and owner Moses Ntema, operations "Bucks" Basego Taolo, office manager Pihelo Kaora, our chef "OT" Othusitswe Kethaotswe, camp assistant "Joster" Onthatile Mokgwaphe, accounting and administration Gorata Ndolo and operations manager "Carlos" Kaemogetse Selelo. Quite a handsome team right ;-) And perhaps more important, a team totally dedicated to providing you with the best possible experience of wild Botswana.
|Posted by Tom Bengtsson on December 4, 2014 at 2:45 AM||comments (0)|
Our renovated Land Rover is now finished and ready to go out in the bush. We have focused on comfort and functionality for photographers with special storage room between seats for cameras and lenses, more padding on sides to be able to rest cameras and we also have a cooler available for some drinks along the way! We constantly try and improve our safaris to match the needs and dreams of our guests!
We really hope you will like this car and look forward to hear what people think about it. It is already out on a daytrip to Moremi Game Reserve today, so let´s see!