Safari 2014: The Caprvi Strip / Update 04/21/2014 The Camp

by david on April 21, 2014

After the riverboat cruise on the Chobe River, we will head back to the Fish Eagles Nest B&B to retrieve my rifles. The folks from Zambezi East Safaris will pick us up and we will head to camp in either the Salambala or the Kabulabula conservancy. I am looking forward to getting into camp and meeting up with my good friend and Professional Hunter (PH) Johann Veldsman, his wife Vera, and their daughter Zoƫ. The camp is run by another friend and PH Byron Hart. I met Byron two years ago in the Outjo district of Namibia while on another hunt with Johann. Byron also joined Johann and me for some trade shows here in the U.S. this past January. It will be great to visit and catch up with old friends around the fire pit on the first night in camp.

The Salambala and Kabulabula conservancies are on the Namibian side of the Chobe River and directly across from Chobe National Park in Botswana. The concessions are also unique in they are situated near the point where four countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe meet. This location also marks the point where the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers converge and form a flood plain. Perhaps the best thing about these conservancies is they are on a natural migration route and there is a constant flow of animals in and out of the area. To me, this is hunting as it was in the old days of safari hunting. The animals are truly free-range and you never know what you are going to run into. If I close my eyes, I can easily imagine running into one of my favorite writers (Capstick, Ruark, Hemmingway, Selous, Taylor or Roosevelt) right around the next bend. This is truly wild Africa as they experienced it.

The camp itself is a cross between a tent camp and camp with permanent structures. The structures are timber-framed, and they have canvas sides and concrete floors. The timber framing gives the structures the rigidity of a permanent building and the canvas sides and roof still allow the sounds of the African night in. I have always liked going to sleep listening to the sounds of the veld. The exhilaration and adrenaline rush of wondering if mere canvas could really keep out something that really wanted in used to keep me awake. After many safaris, however, I no longer give it a second thought. Each dwelling has its own en-suite bathroom complete with hot and cold running water, shower, and flush toilet. This is the best of both worlds in that there all the comforts of home and you are in the middle of the African bush. The camp is located in a Mopane forest and the trees provide enough shade to help things stay cool in the heat of the day. A generator provides light after dark, and hopefully a few ice cubes for the sundowners. It should be a little slice of heaven.

 

 

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