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another year rolls by... and we're into 2020!

2019 was definitely the year of the office!

Much of our time was taken up with the final data development stages of our Birds of Zambia app. It has been a protracted project but those long hours in front of the computer finally paid off when it was released late in the year.

BOZ app

Tanzania 2019 was also the year for Tanzania!

We designed, planned and co-ordinated the itinerary logistics for many private travellers to this fabulous safari destination this past year.

Bucket list destinations included Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and of course the Serengeti for the amazing wildebeest migration spectacle. We so enjoyed hearing about their travels - happily reliving our own adventure there some years ago - and again it seems wildlife sightings were extraordinary.

guide training Thankfully there was some escape from the computer with several guide training workshops during the year. Firstly the annual African Bush Camps training where all of the company's guides from Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe gather at the 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.

Then mid-year programs for Chiawa Safaris at both of their fabulous camps (Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro) in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia.

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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.

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Natal Acraea
Barred Owlet
Halactid Bees

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Banded Mongoose

December brought a guide training workshop for the team at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge on the edge of Gonarezhou National Park in the south east corner of Zimbabwe. This stunning lodge is one of our favourite destinations, sitting high up on a cliff overlooking the Save River with Gonarezhou on the opposite bank. We celebrated the submission of the app and the escape from the office with an extra week in the park itself before heading onto Chilo. We were the only visitors in both camps and never saw another traveller on all our explorations - possibly because everyone else knows (well, we too know this but seemingly thought it unimportant) December can be exceedingly hot, and it was, with midday temperatures peaking at an unbearable 52C! chipinda pools
Thankfully the clouds rolled in bringing a very welcome light drizzle as we moved to our second camp, Chipinda Pools, and what a fabulous time we had. African Finfoot and Skimmers (and others) were daily visitors right in front of our tent; the camp was full of wandering relaxed elephant bulls; and the drive to the Chilojo Cliffs was especially rewarding with many flowers out, a buffalo herd and the surprise of the day was a leopard (unsuccessfully) stalking a group of baby impala.

the year ahead...

lioness Some exciting travels in store for us including a special Kwa-Zulu Natal safari in November that has just had a cancellation - so we have one room available. This journey explores the wildlife rich Tembe Elephant Park; and the stunning iSimangaliso Wetland Park - South Africa's very first UNESCO World Heritage site.

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And finally it is time for us to wish you all an exciting, happy and adventurous 2020... exploring those new horizons.

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