our year in review

It's hard to believe the year is almost at an end! It's been a busy one with a mixture or safaris - both guided and planning those once in a lifetime adventures for others; guide training and some intense computer related project work.
guide training The year started at the end of January with the annual African Bush Camps guide training program, with all of the company's guides from Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe gathering at their stunning Somalisa Camp in the heart of Hwange National Park. It was an amazing and exciting week of presentations and field activities led by various specialists and we were delighted to be part of this again, particularly with the opportunity to highlight the use of sound as another aspect to an all round nature appreciation experience for guests.

In early February we were privileged to spend time with renowned USA ornithologist and artist David Sibley and his wife Joan at the kind invitation of a long-time safari traveller when he and some of his family spent a month here escaping their harsh north American winter. We had a fabulous stay at Tanda Tula, a nearby tented camp in the Timbavati Private Game and Nature Reserve which borders Kruger National Park. A luxurious escape - and not only about the birds!

We had excellent wildlife sightings, outstanding cuisine and of course as much birding squeezed into our time as possible!
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gabar goshawk rhino
Immature Gabar Goshawk
Slumbering White Rhino Calf

March saw us in Botswana with an enthusiastic group from Massachusetts Audubon Society for a 10 day fly-in safari to Botswana. Three camps in three very varied habitats gave us a fabulous mix of birds and other wildlife in the Central Kalahari, Linyanti and the Okavango Delta - and we very much look forward to a repeat of this trip in March 2020!

secretarybird lion

In mid-April African Bush Camps held their first official Super Sensory Safari in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools Game Reserve, one of the most exciting wildlife destinations in that country. Three specialist guides, including Derek, led a variety of activities covering biomimicry, sound and the traditional and medicinal uses of the plants of the area. The 6 night safari spent time away from the river in a remote section of the park overlooking a permanent waterhole and then moved to the banks of the Zambezi River - see the highlights from this safari HERE. fish eagle

giraffe Later in April we had extraordinary game viewing on a short safari covering the Sabi Sands, bordering Kruger National Park; and one of our favourite destinations - Mashatu Game Reserve in south east Botswana. One of our past travellers brought family across to experience Africa for the first time - and what an amazing time we had!

Unbelievable sightings and very entertaining company - who could ask for more?

And some iconic Africa audio - listen HERE.

cheetah leopard lion
hyrax elephant

Indri And then the highlight of the year for us - Madagascar!

This was a once in a lifetime adventure for us - a totally new experience, new birds, new mammals, new vegetation, new culture and all shared with good friends.

The itinerary was created for a loyal traveller and special friend and led by old time colleague Neil Macleod (Safari Wise) who looked after us so well in Namibia many moons ago. We were also under the expert care and attention of our local Madagascan guide Franck Rama.

There is so much to say about this remarkable island and what we saw that it needs its own page!
So see more on this HERE.

Back home and in the office we were kept extremely busy with a variety of activities - most of which kept us glued to our computers.

We have looked after the design, planning and itinerary logistics for many private travellers and they have had great safaris - our southern African travel experience and attention to detail certainly comes into play creating adventures that run seamlessly. Botswana and Zambia are always favoured destinations and Tanzania is a hotspot for 2019!

Our “Through the office window” section on our Facebook page features the regular birds and other animals that suddenly appear in the window while we try to focus on computer work. The camera sits right next to us and we are constantly distracted from the task in hand, leaping up to photograph yet another interesting creature.

Banded Mongoose
White-browed Scrub Robin
Rock Monitor

black collared barbet In between safari bookings, much of our time focuses on development of two digital projects. An app on the birds of Zambia in conjunction with Rory McDougall and Frank Willems in Zambia is now well underway. Text, photos and sound recordings for just over 780 species of birds is on hand and production of updated distribution maps for the many species is almost complete. Early in the New Year we begin the massive task of getting all this data into the required format for the app developers.

The other project is a series of digital flipbooks, Zambia - The Common Series, covering common mammals, birds, butterflies and other insects, amphibians and reptiles, trees and flowers and fish. This has been developed for the Zambian guide training program run by Bedrock Africa and the first starter version is complete and will be ready for upload soon.

As we end the year, all that remains is for us to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and adventurous 2019!
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