I have a passion for African wildlife and when I’m not doing my day job I try to spend as much time as possible in the bush. I’m based in Johannesburg, South Africa and travel from there to some of the world’s best game reserves in sub-Saharan Africa – usually in my trusty Land Rover Defender 110. This site is a collection of trip reports, photos and videos from my travels.
During our trip to Mana Pools in 2016 we blindly followed the sat nav instead of checking a real map, needless to say it didn’t take us on the best route!
This trip was planned a year in advance with excellent assistance from Tara at Botswana Footprints. On this trip I was joined by 4 mates – 2 of us were travelling from Joburg and the other 3 would be joining us from Bloemfontein. For me it will be my first overland trip in my new 110 Defender having sadly sold my much loved 90. The guys from Bloem would be travelling in a new Toyota Fortuner and as expected the Land Rover / Toyota rivalry formed the basis for much of the banter on the trip!
Our trip would take us across the Makgadigadi Pans through Moremi and to the Chobe River via Savuti and Linyanti.
After months of planning the time had finally come for my first trip to Mabua. A good friend of mine (Bruce) had week-long pink slip from the wife and kids and we were both looking forward to spending some time in the bush. With a bit of luck we would also encounter the Mabua lions we had heard so much about.