‘A highlight of my life’ is what safari enthusiast, Virginia Miglietta, said after recently travelling from South Africa on a family safari in Botswana with her husband, Ugo Miglietta, daughter and son-in-law, Tania and David, to Duba Explorers Camp and Vumbura Plains Camp.
We have just returned from a holiday of a lifetime: seven memorable nights in the Okavango Delta as a family. Glen assisted us in planning and securing the perfect itinerary in 2020 but then COVID hit and our trip was not possible. For over a year, he stayed in touch, keeping us up-to-date on developments in Botswana and it is thanks to Glen’s involvement and excellent communication that we could finally get there in May 2021 without any disappointments or penalties.
Going on a family safari in Botswana in the time of COVID
The new COVID protocols can be daunting but Glen kept us informed of rule changes and we followed a step-by-step plan presented by him which made this aspect of the trip easy. Glen really knows how to look after his guests – from the personal welcome on arrival, taking us to the pathology lab to be tested for COVID before our return to South Africa, to bringing our results to the airport, he was hands on all along.
Thanks to his meticulous planning and ongoing communication, we knew what to expect and felt confident to go ahead and visit Botswana during this time of COVID. The entire trip went seamlessly, with transfers well conducted and on time, and we were grateful to Glen for supporting us whilst we made the changes that were needed.
Taking a break from the COVID bubble
We all had a superb time and perhaps made all the more memorable by coming out of this pandemic and entering such pristine nature, all of us still alive and intact. It was just a huge joy.
We loved the lodges that he chose for us; they delivered on every level and all of them were perfectly suited to our group. We loved the scenery and settings, had excellent wildlife and bird sightings and received kind, attentive service wherever we went. This whole trip was an immense highlight for us from beginning to end.
The food and accommodation at Maun Waterfront Guesthouse were both excellent. Having an Italian chef cook us (an Italian family) a lasagne that good was unexpected and thoroughly enjoyed. Not having to leave to go and find dinner really made a big difference. We could just relax and enjoy the B&B. Compliments to all the chefs. The daughter of the gueshouse’s owner also baked a delicious lemon tart which is my favourite.
Thank you for supporting us all the way so that we could get to Botswana, finally. Thank you too to Wilderness Safaris for the unexpected upgrade, helicopter trips, birthday treats… we were truly wowed.
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Feature image courtesy of Wilderness Safaris.