In July I will be going to Namibia and Botswana for about three weeks. I will be a camping trip with people that are not all hardcore mammal/birdwatchers, so compromises will probably have to be made. However since I will be able to influence the trip schedule a bit I hoped you could help me with something.
I am currently busy reading trip reports on these countries and I have already found a lot of usefull information, however I still had some questions.
Since this will be my first visit ever to Africa, I will be happy with whatever I will see over there, of course species as lion giraffe and the rhinos are very cool species to see in Africa but I don’t think seeing them will be too much trouble (Etosha will definitely be included in the trip). Since cats have my special interest I hoped you could help me with them.
Does anyone know of any places in Botswana, Namibia or the north of South Africa (we will be flying back from Johannesburg, but will probably to spent very much time in this country, one or two days maybe), that give a better chance of succes of seeing black-footed cat, caracal and cheetah? I know cheetah is possible about everywhere in Etosha, but perhaps there are also some spots in this park that are particulary good for it.
In the trip planning these spots will certainly be visited:
In between a lot of things are open to discussion. I have already found some (probably) good spots.
Walvisbay, Spitzkoppe, Erindi private game reserve, Etosha (Okaukuejo, Halai, Namutoni), Waterberg Plateau National Park, Runu sewage ponds, Divundu, Mahango Game Reserve, Okavango Panhandle, Camp Kwando.
These are the places that looked interesting from the trip reports that I have been reading, I haven’t read them all however, so feel free to suggest other places that you think might be good! I am especially interested in places that have nice stuff and still alow spotlighting on your own. We will be bringing tents, so we don’t depend on lodges.
All information is appreciated!