The JohnRob Safari September 2012

• The JohnRob Safari September 2012
Just finished an amazing 12 day safari with my new favourite 12 Americans! This trip was put together by Bukela Africa, with whom I have often worked in the past few years, and what a great trip it was. They all are! Our guests came from every corner of the States: Colorado, New York, mostly California. And like most Americans, they were all up for a laugh and a riotous time.
We covered four countries (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia), using that magnificent machine the Pilatus PC-12, a Swiss designed aircraft (‘over engineered, and proud of it!’) to hum from camp to camp, independent of commercial transport. Very very convenient! Very posh! This was a ‘champagne safari’ all the way.
The secret of a great itinerary is variety and surprise, and we had it all. Mala Mala and its Big Five, Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe with rock art and sunset boat cruises, the astounding magnificence of Victoria Falls, a water wonderland with a million animals at Little Vumbura in the famous Okavango Delta of Botswana, then to the dry white pan of Etsosha/Ongava with its multitude of elephants and rare black rhinos at the water holes, followed by a marine excursion on Walvis Bay where Benguela Dolphins danced below the boat and Fur Seals gulped fish on it, and lastly getting the fine red sands of the Sossusvlei dunes between our toes at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
It is hard to describe how entrancing this piece of the world is, but I know that the ‘JohnRob’ group went home relaxed, transfixed and addicted: roll on East Africa 2014!
Thanks to the Bukela Boys for getting me involved, to Nic and Pete for landing safely every time, and to our twelve Americans for a truly memorable trip. Couldn’t do this stuff without you!