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Walk on the Wild Side Safari - Botswana Wrap-up

Friday, 23 October 2009 14:20 by BillGiven

Final update from Bill as he was sitting in an airport in South Africa. Bill is now back in the U.S. - but I wanted to share his last emails as he left Johannesburg.

photo of an african cape buffalo
On a Mapula Lodge Hunt, Cape Buffalo Were Able to Evade Hungry Lions. This Time.
Photo © Bill Given


Mapula Lodge

At Mapula Lodge, we followed a coalition of 3 lion for quite some time on an unsuccessful (for them) nighttime buffalo hunt. Lots of unusual stories, met bushmen elders and discussed my research - was invited to live in their village and was actually in the village when a friend of one of my guide's won reelection as district councilman.

A Lion Named Bill!

I was honored to know that the guides at Mapula Lodge had named one of the lions in the Mapula concession Bill! I have great pics and video of Bill and look forward to sharing all of it on my blog upon my return.

Python Relocation from Mapula Lodge Kitchen

A very interesting wildlife experience happened on the grounds of Mapula Lodge. I was able to catch and remove a Python as he was heading towards the Mapula Lodge Kitchen. Extricating the Python was tough as he was climbing a wall in a tight spot and the head was more than a foot behind me when I yanked him out. I had some nerves but took him out Croc hunter style and controlled him by tail before pinning the head to move him safely. I earned a bit of respect from the guides on this one.

Swedish Newspaper

Also interesting while at Mapula - I was photographed and interviewed by a Swedish newspaper whiled in the Mapula pool. Should be interesting to see if we can find this article online - and if we can translate it :).

Sandibe

At Sandibe I saw a dog pack with 14 pups, and many other great wildlife observations.

Savute Under Canvas

This morning on my last drive at Savuti all hell broke loose with impala running straight at us with flying leaps and then came an 8 dog pack in mad pursuit. I had camera in hand with some great action shots, really wish I could video and photo at same time! Did shoot some social behavior vid after hunt failed then followed another hunt but they lost us.

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Walk on the Wild Side Safari - Sandibe Lodge

Monday, 19 October 2009 11:41 by BillGiven

Photo of an African Fish Eagle
Sandibe has Access to Moremi Game Reserve's Great Game Viewing
Photo © Bill Given


Sandibe Lodge is the next safari stop during Bill's Walk on the Wild Side Safari. Sandibe Lodge is also located in the Okavango Delta Region of Botswana not too far away from the previous stop on this safari - Mapula Lodge. I'll be providing more information about Sandibe Lodge beneath the itinerary and map presented below.

Please see the itinerary and map below for details on Bill's current Walk on the Wild Side Safari.

Walk on the Wildside Safari Key


Sandibe Lodge Overview

Sandibe Lodge is located in Botswana's Okavango Delta, adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. Sandibe features eight guest cottages - I believe that this is Bill's first visit to Sandibe, and he'll have Sandibe photos and details to share upon his return in late October.

Sandibe Lodge Game Viewing

Sandibe Lodge's location adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi Game Reserve offers very similar wildlife viewing to that offered by Mapula Lodge. Bill can expect to once again have the opportunity to view the following (to name just a few notable species):



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