We were safari virgins … we had however long harboured the thought that one day, when circumstances were right and finances permitted, we would visit the Okovango Delta in Botswana. Both of us having our 60th birthday made the time right.
In a flush of enthusiasm, my husband Googled madly and came up with a selection of ‘budget’ truck based safaris. Not what I had in mind! I Googled madly and came up with The Big 5 Safari Company.
How fortuitous, they put together a memorable itinerary, heeding our request for small camps in remote locations. From first contact through to detailed planning, the trip itself and the follow up, they were professional, efficient, and not least, willing and able to design a trip to meet our expressed desires and aspirations.
We travelled from the arid plains of the Central Kalahari (Tau Pan Camp), to the enchanting Okavango (Pom Pom Camp), to the lush and fertile Linyanti River (Lebala Camp) rounding off with some R & R at the stunning Falls (Victoria Falls Hotel).
All 3 camps offered stylish and characterful accommodation with friendly, attentive staff and professional management. The guides and trackers were awesome in their knowledge of the wildlife, game, birds, nature and culture. We learnt so much from them.
The range and quality of the experience was fantastic. Everything worked like clockwork. We thought this would be a one off high end experience but no … we booked a return trip within weeks of coming back! No excuse needed this time.
Thank you Big 5 for such a brilliant experience and in particular Katharine Hunt.
Guy and Brianne Perkins