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ECHOES OF A ROAR

ECHOES OF A ROAR.

ECHOES OF A ROAR

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For the last few months, we have been experiencing a great turnover and an  understanding of cats behavioral patterns around the our camp, Camp Savuti.

The savuti region has always been known for having great and good sighting throughout the year.Unlike other national Parks in Botswana. Savuti is located  within the Chobe National Park.This area attracts a vast and a variety of wildlife from birds,cats,herd of buffalo, giraffes, elephants you name and you shall find.However the driving force behind this amazing and consistent flow of wildlife to the area is the SAVUTI MARSH.

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where there is water there is bond to be a lot of activity with the predators.Hence during game drives our guests are introduced to this intriguing life.

morning game drives

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Our camp Manager, Jinxy stated that “. Lions can be found roaming the waterholes in search of prey, along with their competitors, cheetah and hyena. Leopard, jackal, and bat-eared fox are also commonly seen”

So far we have seen two different kinds of lion prides, the interesting thing is that Lions are very territorial creatures but for these prides its all about working together.

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This is the Southern Pride, very common visitors who come from the southern side of Savuti, possibly around the mababe depression area. This nomadic pride is related to the Eastern pride which always link with them for a day or two without conflict.Historically, the southern pride is broke off from this pride (The Eastern Pride). They occasionally link for a few days and they have been seen even hunting together, a true sign that they are related. The eastern pride concentrates around the Linyanti –Leopard rock back crossing and moving all the way to the airstrip on the eastern side of the Sand ridge. This pride is never afraid of heights. On many occasions we have seen the playing at the top of Leopard and Sable hill without a problem.

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From the SKL Team, Enjoy this post

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Pictures by our camp manager Jinxy

The Saga continues…..LITTLE BOTSWANA IN BERLIN ,GERMANY

hello good people.

From Spain i  headed to Berlin for the ITB Travel Show,this show is a platform where you will find a  variety of anything you might need regarding travel/leisure from holiday destinations,vacation packages,agents ,tour operators, safari adventure you name and you shall find.

so upon  landing in Berlin i had with me my cold proof (JACKET) as i had learnt from my previous experience that when travelling to Europe during these months one should be prepared.Hence i held my jacket from the start of my trip in Johannesburg til Berlin.It was as if i had a epiphany …….i get to the airport ,my luggage can not be found  and the only thing i had with me was my jacket and my rugsack, thank God i had something warm to put on.

The following day , was a new day for me.I went about exploring the city , the food, the metro ( what a great transport system).It is amazing how you find different kinds of cultures in Berlin.This city is a true cosmopolitan city.Still i had not forgtton my mission which was to MARKET !!MARKET!!

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After two days of struggling , my luggage arrived and it was back to business.Just entering the ITB Convection Center you could feel that you where in another world, a mini UNITED NATIONS that is what i can call it  , bold bright colours everywhere ,flags waving in the open cold skies every single country had its own stand and all the features that represented them -what they stood for.Image

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Countries like Korea and Zambia had dancers showcasing their culture.

Then one would ask what did Botswana  bring to the table.Since it was cold we decided why dont we bring the party to our stand ,lets have european tour operators mingle with  us and chat over drink and food ,talk business in a relaxed environment  (what we can offer as a holiday destination).I will let the pictures do the talking.

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people ate, chatted ,laughed and danced…… what  is a Botswana sundowner party without african rhythms…..

TILL NEXT  TIME ENJOY THE POST

Putting Botswana on the map in SPAIN-MADRID

hola!!

Last year was an  exciting and exhilirating year for SKL Group of Camps…thanks to our friends all around the world. We even opened a New tented camp In Linyanti-CAMP LINYANTI late August.Image

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With us etering in to a new year, we decided that this year our mission is MARKET,MARKET MARKET let the world know about our amazing products. So our first trip was SPAIN-MADRID.

just the feeling that we were travelling to a new place you will hear your heart beat fast,the trip from Johannesburg to Madrid was a smooth one except the cold.You know Africa is really hot average temp here is appx 37 degree now imagine us going to a -2 temp.Well we had to embrace the weather and kickstart our mission MARKET!!

Madrid is a  nature city  full of warm people and rich in culture.The Spanish people are friendly. and  really showed interested in knowing more about our beautfull little jem of Botswana, they came to  Botswana stand asked questions and left satisfied.

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Nothing beats the feeling of knowing that you made someone happy.

later after the FITUR  show, we gathered ourselves to explore this amazing city and we found ourselves watching the Flaminco Dance this dance is so overwhelming we could see and feel  every little bit of energy coming from the dancers, the intense of emotions, the steps , the movement and the singing hmmmm…….. timeless.

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We left Madrid content and happy 🙂 see you again next year Image

As if that was the nd of our trip, on the trip we had mutliple entries and we were able to see these wo other beautiful countries ITALY AND FRANCE = GREAT, DELIOUS,SIMPLY FOOD

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TILL THEM ENJOY THIS POST !!

My first encounter with a bull Elephant :Surely you experience the best with SKL Group of Camps

Hello there

It has been a very long time since i posted anything.So after a long time of postponing  a trip to Savuti and Linyanti. These two places  have always been  the most anticipated to see when visiting this beautiful jewel country of ours Botswana.They are both located in Chobe National Park.Well let me get back to our trip.

It started early morning on a sunday,  myself ,Naomi King  and Brent our representative from South Africa the main objective of this trip was  to go  out there and take pictures of our new tented camp -Camp Linyanti.Before starting our trip we stopped my Shorobe to buy lots of water and food, the heat in botswana is unforgiving so the better  you be prepared to avoid dehydration and our journey began as we headed for Mababe gate.The road was quite okay but bumpy all the way Savuti as we were about to arrive in Savuti we stopped by the salty pans we saw these big elephant bulls so we stepped out of the car to get a better shot of these majestic animals.Oh boy did we had it coming for us…….  after we stepped out of the car they started moving towards us as a norm Naomi and myself we found ourselves bumping onto each other with fear printed on our faces.Brent who was the calm one shouted and told us not to move we just froze there like manikins fingers crosses ,We watched Brent command the elephants and miraculously the elephant listened.Thanks to the Elephant whisperer we were saved.Lessen learnt

Brent the elephant whisperer

phew !!!! what a relief we then continued with our journey till we reached Savuti and from there we headed up west to our destination Camp Linyanti.  TIP : Please know this from Savuti to Linyanti the actual distance is  40km but the tricky part of this is that it takes a driver about 2 hours to get there.WHY???? the sand is very deep which is why i would recommend a 4x 4 vehicle if you have a trailer try to make sure that the wheels of the trailer are a bit bigger.On our way we were able to drive through the sand ridge a place with heavy deep sand of about 6 km YEAH !! pause wait for it. One of the guests going to our campsites were stuck in that sand ridge and we had to go back to help them out.

we pulled out their car with a hinge after  2 hours of  puling the car through the sand  and at the same time  finding twigs and stones  to put under the tyres so that the car does not dig itself any deeper.At this time its getting dark  and we start to hear sounds coming from the bushes so we had to work extra hard.since they had a trailor with them we had to try and pull it out again but this was a difficult task we tried pulling it out but it kept digging itself deeper and deeper .Just as we were about to give up an SKL camps vehicle came up and helped us out .we got to Camp Linyanti past mid-night.

Til then , enjoy the post

xoxo

Rachel

How to Get to Kumaga -Makgadikgadi National Park in Botswana

Hello Everyone-Dumelang ( in my mother -language)

This was a spontaneous trip among us working collegues, just the day before our trip we were dreaming and wishing that we could go for a field trip  to  kumaga for those who dont know ,kumaga is situated  162 km east of maun   however to our surprise the following morning when we go to our office , we were  told to be ready for the trip.

we left  the hot and sunny  Maun town and headed towards Kumaga. just when we were half way through our trip approaching the animal gate control( everyone driving to Maun or  from Maun passes this gate)…..the  weather changed  dramatically it began pouring by the time we got to Khumaga Ferry we were soaked wet.finally after we crossed on our 4×4 car we got to the gate of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.Road conditions in Kumaga are generally good, however during rainy seasons the roads are difficult to mauve around.

   

   

PLACES OF INTEREST

SKL camping sites- There are 10 campsite each with its own water stand pipe, fireplace, braai area and an blution block with hot and cold showers and flushing toilets

The Makgadikgadi Pans

Hippo pools

TIPS  FOR NATIONAL PARKS

Remember to always carry an extra fuel tanks and bring lots of water on the trip and well as to buy lots of food and drinks as they are no shops.

Til next time, enjoy the post!

SAFARI FEVER -SAVUTI,OKAVANGO DELTA

It is always ideal that as a worker in the tourism industry , one should know their area of expertise in and out, left right and center.i am a fresh graduate and i have just being introduced to the world of marketing sales at SKL Group of camps in Maun,Botswana.

The best part about my job is that  i get to  travel a lot , since all  of our camps are located in  National parks , i m required to  take regular trips there as part of my job description .This will help me elevate  or  market the company to a higher level, it is easy to market a product like a safari if you have experienced it  yourself ,its easy to elaborate more on it and help clients know their way there.

My first  journey to our camps was Savuti.Savuti is famously known for the rare endangered species of wilddogs as shown in  the

National Geographic Channel.The savuti area covers vast grasslands in the Moremi park.after at least two hours of driving it started to rainy heavy and we driving a 4×4 thank God,as it rained the road got muddy and  cars tend to get stuck ,nevertheless even during the winter season it is possible to get stuck too because of the sandy road, so our clients are adviced to use 4×4 cars and not to off road in the park.
Back to my trip :
As we were driving , i encountered a heard of zebras that had migrated from the amazing Linyanti area which is in the Chobe National Park into the Savuti Marsh.The most memorable part about the zebras is that i had the privilege to see a zebra giving birth., which is a rare thing to see in the wild.It was a amazing and spectacular to witness.

A zebra giving birth

Till then enjoy this post !!

Rachel