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Base of operations: Botswana
M15503 is a member of HATAB (the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana) which gives us access to pristine bush campsites well away from other tourists. M15503 specializes in small (up to 7) safari parties and believe our clients get the best of both worlds - a small personalized group with a minimum of staff, yet the comfort of a fully backed up safari. A customized Mercedes Benz Unimog vehicle used is set up so it can carry the complete camp in comfort. It allows unsurpassed photographic opportunities as well as a feeling of safety when close to dangerous animals that is often lacking in an open vehicle!
Jane Bettenay, Director and Head Guide of M15503 were the first woman in Zimbabwe to pass the rigorous and world renowned testing for a Full Zimbabwe Professional Guides License, in 1989. She passed her full Botswana Guides license in 1995. Jane is an avid and award winning wildlife photographer in her own right, who will endeavor to give you the best photographic opportunities possible. She is knowledgeable on the flora and fauna of areas visited and can tell you many fascinating facts on the species encountered in the course of your safari. Camp Manager is Alfred Ngwenya, his cheerful smile and wonderful cooking will make you feel at home. Victor Phuthego is our young Assistant Camp Manager who is showing great potential and is very capable already though he is only 18 yrs old.
We offer specialized Professional Photographic Safari's (maximum 4 photographers per vehicle, maximum 12 in total with 3 vehicles, Bird Watching Safari's, in addition to our normal Game Viewing and Photographic Safari's. Itineraries can be customized to suit the needs and interests of individual groups and can include Chobe, Savuti, The Panhandle, Moremi, Mababe and Khwai Concession areas, The Okavango Delta, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi Pansand National Parks, Northern Kalahari and Mvuvu Camp on Gau Island near Seronga on the Panhandle. We also offer combination camping/luxury lodge safari's on request. Safaris can start and/or finish in Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Kasane or Maun. We have some set itineraries that people can join at certain times of the year, e mail us to check if you are traveling alone and need to join a group.