We (family of 3 adults) are planning a trip to Southern Africa in early September. We have made 2 previous trips to Africa – South Africa in July 2009 (Madikwe, Sabi Sands) and East Africa in Jan 2011 (Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Serengeti, Samburu) and seen many of the common species. We have 11 nights to spend in Africa.
African Wild Dog is at the top of our wish list. Honey Badger, Aardvark, Aardwolf, Caracal would all be quite desirable additions. We saw Brown Hyena at Madikwe but missed the Wild Dogs there because they had young ones and could not be disturbed. We are of course looking forward to lifer species in other mammals, birds and reptiles.
Botswana looks very attractive but seems way too expensive (unless somebody has a suggestion for a less expensive option). So we are researching Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We would like to visit Victoria Falls for a day. We are looking for comfortable lodging – not everyone is ready for roughing it :).
Erindi and Etosha sound interesting based on 2 recent reports – Michael Kessler’s report and Hugh Lansdown’s report. I would like to get suggestions and feedback about locations, lodges, and tour operators. Any general advice is also welcome. Thanks in advance!