Every single day of this trip had a highlight, but despite seeing hundreds of elephants by the end of the tour, the first time I heard elephants grazing and interacting with each other was very special. It was our first night moored up on the houseboat, Kaiser called us to say elephants were close. We stood on deck and listened to them for ages, willing them to break through the trees a few metres away so we could see them, holding our breath so we wouldn't spook them. We never did see them that night, they ran off into the darkness, but the anticipation and excitement was incredible.
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Bibi - professional, organized and very knowledgeable. Particularly impressive when negotiating the group through border controls, fantastic stories around the campfire, amazing tracking skills and great fun! A superstar.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"Not only does it get very cold at night, but the wind chill factor in the truck on early morning and late afternoon game drives requires many layers to keep warm, including hat, scarf and gloves!
Do souvenir and trinket shopping in Livingstone, there is little opportunity when you get back to Maun.
Be prepared to be amazed by the quality and quantity of the most fantastic wildlife on the game drives - I feel very privileged to have seen so many beautiful birds and animals in their natural habitat."
Do you have anything else to add?
I loved the wild camping, the first couple of nights the elephants did wake me up, they were so close to the tents ... and really quite noisy! Watching a leopard circle the campsite whilst enjoying pre-dinner drinks by the fire was also quite memorable! Arriving back at the campsite from the afternoon/early evening game drive, seeing the candles on the dining table glowing as we approached and being greeted by a roaring fire and hot water to wash away the dust and sand. Best Explore holiday so far!