Written on: February 15, 2014
I visited in June 2013
In preparation for our fourth safari to Africa (and second trip to Botswana), we spent nearly a year researching possible places to visit in Botswana and Namibia for our 6-person custom tour. We then contacted Letaka Safaris. Their staff was incredibly helpful in making suggestions to refine the details of our itinerary. We settled questions of timing, duration, guide availability, transportation and all the many issues that accompany major trip planning from the other side of the globe – all via email. Geraldine did a superb job of promptly answering our myriad emails/questions and helping to put our trip together.
We had adjusted the timing of our trip to coincide with the availability of the owner/guide,
Grant Reed – an excellent move on our part – and to optimize sighting wild dogs.
Grant has an incredible knowledge of all things “bush” and shared that knowledge in a way that enhanced our trip tremendously. His easy-going style, excellent people skills and great sense of humor made this a very special and enjoyable experience.
The first part of our trip was a three-night, tent-camp stay in Khwai where highlights included wonderful views of leopard with a kill and our much-sought-after wild dogs. Although we were in Khwai only three nights, Letaka’s camp staff provided some of the best food we had on the entire trip. I know our two vegetarians were particularly pleased with the extra effort made to accommodate their dietary preferences. The staff saw to everything … professionally, cheerfully, and unobtrusively.
The remainder of our trip was lodge-based with excellent accommodations and continuous opportunities for bird watching, game viewing, and photography – all equally important for our trip participants.
In total we drove 2200 miles in 23 days, all in an open safari vehicle. This was a decision we had made before the trip, so we were well-prepared for the cold morning drives we encountered.
Our saddest day was the last, when we had to say goodbye to Grant and fly home after our journey-of-a-lifetime when we marveled at so many stunning birds, the amazing waterhole experiences in Etosha, and the breathtaking dunes of the Namib Desert, and, of course, the wonderful wild dog sightings in Khwai.
We would recommend Letaka to others without reservation.
Letaka Safaris organised a 3 week private safari for myself and my wife during January 2014. In summary, highly recommended. If you've got one shot at it, go with Letaka Safaris.
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