SAFARI NEWS FOR THE FRIENDS OF MASSON SAFARIS.
Season’s Greetings and Very Best Wishes to Everyone for all at Masson Safaris.
We are just home from a wonderful month’s holiday, great times spent with family and friends. We drove to Mozambique and then on to Swaziland, nearly 5000km’s by the time we drove back into our gate. After a very busy season it was lovely to spend time together and being by the sea was just what we needed. We were there for spring tide which meant that we could snorkel right over the coral garden’s, the fishing was great and being close to Christmas there were lots of takers for beach cricket and volley ball.
Towards the end of October and beginning of November we had a heat wave, the average temperature was 46C and Maun was the hottest town on earth for 5 days in a row. It coincided with Patrick’s class trip to Tsodillo Hills’s which we arranged. Keeping 19 active 11 year olds out of the sun and hydrated while hiking in the heat was a challenge but good to spend time with them, most of the class he has been with for 8 years and it is hard to believe that he only has this year left at junior school. The girls all loved the house boat we went on near Shakawe, the boys were only impressed by the size of the crocodiles we saw!
We have been warned about an even higher flood this year, it is already on it’s way down the Okavango Delta and some folks are predicting that it may reach us in April rather than June or July. We are having our website re-done which has resulted in it disappearing sometimes, the idea is to be able to up-date it more often and we will put our newsletters directly on to the website, we would also like to have a photo page with photos from guest’s and links to trip reports. For example— http://safaritalk.net/index.
Please don’t forget, we love hearing from you and also appreciate seeing your Safari shots. This year we have received a record number of photographic books which guests have printed, these we really treasure and it is amazing how Ewan remembers each sighting.
We are looking forward to our Desert season which starts beginning of February with our ‘Flowers and Stars’ Safari.
We hope that 2012 is a very special year for all of you.
Ewan and his guest’s had an amazing experience at the Nxai Pan waterhole, watching heat lightening start bush fires.
The birds and animals did seem concerned and luckily none of the fires came towards camp as some of the them burnt huge areas of the park and surrounding farmlands.