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See wild dogs and cheetahs in the Moremi Game Reserve

The highlight for many is seeing the endangered wild dog – they’re exceptional hunters and you often see large packs together…

By Harrison Mangwegape
Guide at Camp Xakanaxa

What I love most about guiding in the Moremi Game Reserve is the variety. The landscapes change from deep waterways and floodplains to open savannah and forests, and that attracts a huge range of wildlife.

You can see lions, buffaloes, wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, impalas and more. If you’re lucky you might spot a cheetah or a leopard. The highlight for many, though, is seeing the endangered wild dog – they’re exceptional hunters and you often see large packs together. We’re also home to the rare lechwe and sitatunga antelopes, and we get lots of big herds of elephants here too.

We take guests out on game drives to see all this, visiting different spots like Douglas Island, Maya Pan and Dead Tree Island, which is named for its landscape of barren mopane trees, which drowned when the channel changed. Another of my favourite spots is Paradise Pools, where antelopes drink around the watering holes next to swamps filled with reeds. These islands offer amazing flora and fauna and are popular grazing areas for a variety of animals and birdlife, so I always include them in my route plan.

As well as the game drives, we also offer motorboat tours on the lagoons and channels, with chances to spot hippos, crocodiles and lots of colourful birdlife – especially in the spring and summer, when migrant birds are breeding. Fish eagles, crested cranes and the sacred ibis are among the birds that call this area home, and you get a different perspective when you see it all from the water.

We offer sundowners in the bush as the sun sets, which is when I enjoy talking to my group and teaching them about the smaller things in nature, like termites, which are actually fascinating and whose mounds are key features in these areas. It also gives me a chance to share the history of Botswana, helping guests better understand the culture as well as the wildlife of the country I’m proud to call home.

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Alfred & Harrison Mangwegape

Harry was born in the Botswanan village of Thamaga, near capital Gaborone. He loved wildlife growing up and trained at the Okavango Guiding School in Maun to pursue his passion. He started working as a guide at Desert & Delta’s Savute Safari Lodge in 2010 and later joined Leroo La Tau in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, before moving to Camp Xakanaxa.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like James, who's travelled extensively in Botswana. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in Chobe, the village chiefs who'll give you an insight into local life and the helicopter pilots who can land you on an island in the Delta never visited by humans before.

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