Peter and Diane
We got home yesterday morning after 24 hours travelling including the 11.5 hour overnight flight from Johannesburg! This is just a quick note to say a huge thank to you and the Safariwise team for organising a great trip for us. A special thanks of course must go to Jakes who did a terrific job for us – please pass this on as I do not have an email address for him. We saw some great birds and many other things and we would have missed a lot of them but for Jakes’s sharp eyes and knowing what anything seen might be. Thank you too for my birthday presents. In the next week or so I will try to produce a proper “Bird Report” but the total looks like a little over 260 bird species of which about 90 were completely new for us – slightly more for Diane and the total may get revised a little when I determine which species have different names in southern Africa compared to eastern! The “odd ones” included the Long-legged Buzzard which I will contact Dayne about specifically – he knows it is coming – and we saw a Grey Kestrel well south of the usual range (Toko Lodge) and a ringed Blue Crane in Etosha as well. I don’t think there were any other “rarities” but again will check over the next week or so. After next week too I shall supposedly have more time as I am retiring late next week! So, again many thanks to Jakes and all and I will be in touch again with some proper notes before long.
Sylvia and James
Dear Berdene, Neil and Staff,
Many thanks for the Journal and Lists. Well done to all involved, we had a super trip, full of interest and laughs, the bird list is amazing,415 is a hell of a result. To all staff at Swakopmund who supported the 2 tours en route, Madagascar, Kenya, and who gave Neil (the boss) all the backup. Thank you, you made the difference to out smooth journey. Not that easy to sum up these two trips for Sylvia and I, other than to say a big thank you for keeping us safe, introducing us to new experiences and having a stress free time, all in between the amazing BIRD/ANIMAL encounters.
Lots of love,