Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wonderful People

tuck shop and bar Kwhai Village,Moremi

Chobe river camp and Toff with Jens way back when

Tonight I am sitting alone here - in Kasane, in our simple little home - having said goodbye two days ago to our friends Bill and Susan Oliver, who had visited us for two weeks. They have been on three safaris with us over the years, and have now become good friends who have anchored themseves a place in Botswana where they can visit year after year. Also, in the last month, Kiddy has been away, in Holland. The two weeks with Bill and Susan here, flew by. Now it is empty again.

I have reflected on the many, many people who have travelled with Kiddy and I over the last eleven years - from the early days in Gaborone when we endlessly tracked the Kalahari in southern and Central Botswana - to the last few years when we visited Kalahari, Moremi Reserve and Chobe Park. People who, in the space of a safari together, become friends, not guests or clients! Danish, American, English, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Slovakian, Austrian, why, even South Africans!

Today, to all of you, I take my hat off and thank you for being such wonderful people. We both thank you for the contact that you keep with us and hope to see you again in this beautiful country.

Maybe that is one of the big differences that we offer - we are not a marketing organisation selling safaris; we are not a travel agent, or a person who has a bit of experience and decides that they will make a living out of selling Botswana and the region as a safari or travel destination.

We are the owners, the operators, the marketers, the guides, the planners and the companions. We are US. We offer you our companionship. knowledge and guidance first hand while you travel with us. We are here in Botswana, on the ground - we are Ultimate Africa Safaris.

1 comment:

  1. Hiya Toff,

    Nice blog, as you can see we (Elza and Remko) now have become followers of your blog. Will check in regularly to see what's happening down there in Botswana. Reading the posts and seeing the photo's makes us want to come back (and we will)! We will see Kiddy next sunday (15th of feb), will be nice to catch up, and we (finally) have a selection of our 2008 trip photos on cd-r to give. Keep in touch.

    Remko & Elza