A Few Phenomenal Facebook Stories from 2017

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Regular followers of our Wilderness Safaris journey on Facebook might have noticed that these daily shares encompass the full spectrum of our regional safari, conservation and community experiences. Now, looking back on an amazing year in social media, rather than just sort our posts into the Top 10, I thought it would be fun to find the post that best depicted our offering in our areas of operation during 2017.

Botswana

You really loved our share of the guest who fortuitously captured a crocodile attack on a swimming lion at Kings Pool, the avian phenomenon (in the form of a vagrant Ross’s turaco) which had the southern African birding world flocking to the Linyanti, and the video of one of the Owens Boys contact-calling his brother early one frosty Kalahari morning. But what you particularly loved was our update on the rescue and rehabilitation of a tiny rhino calf at Mombo whose ears were gnawed off by a hyaena.

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Prepare to have your heartstrings firmly tugged. 

Namibia

Given this country’s extraordinary and oh-so-photogenic desert landscapes it’s unsurprising that sweeping aerial shots of the Namib Sand Sea at Sossusvlei are always enormously popular, as are depictions of our Star Beds – and of course the remarkable desert-adapted wildlife in their hostile environment.

However, our uplifting share of water flowing in the Tshauchab River after some very welcome summer rain clearly struck a chord and we were delighted that you appreciated it as much as we all did.

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Zimbabwe

“Hwange Against All Odds” is our “reason to believe” in this incredible wildlife haven in western Zimbabwe. Our conservation commitment here includes game water provision, firebreak maintenance, anti-poaching and community engagement, all in the interests of conserving the area’s phenomenal wildlife. Our most popular social media updates reflect your truly gratifying interest in and appreciation for our work here (and please know that the appreciation is absolutely mutual)!

Being able to share a guest’s incredible sighting of a rarely seen brown hyaena on the Linkwasha Concession caused a notable ripple in wildlife circles. Here it is: https://www.facebook.com/Wilderness.friends/posts/1593275190732790

Zambia

We operate in two regions in Zambia, on the banks of the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia’s smallest) and the Busanga Plains area of Kafue National Park (the country’s biggest). Our presence in the latter has made a marked difference to wildlife numbers here and it gives us infinite pleasure to share our daily updates from this burgeoning wildlife wonderland.

One of our post popular posts from Busanga Plains was this overview of the explorer-style safari experience which Busanga Bush Camp provides.

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Rwanda

Arguably our most exciting new venture in recent times has been the opening of Bisate Lodge, an ecotourism venture at Volcanoes National Park, focused on the reforestation of mountain gorilla habitat.

Soon after Bisate opened, photographers Crookes and Jackson travelled to the lodge and perfectly captured the essence of its unique architectural homage to Rwandan culture and tradition. 

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Children in the Wilderness

Children in the Wilderness is my favourite project within Wilderness Safaris and the Trust, and it seemed churlish not to share the inspiration I’m privileged to impart on a daily basis!

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of sharing the news that their South Africa Regional Coordinator Janet Wilkinson was promoted to CITW Programme Manager. Janet is the perfect leader for this inspirational community programme, believing firmly in the maxim, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” (Steve Jobs). She cares deeply about the environment, wildlife and conservation and is an avid birdwatcher and photographer.

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Text: Josephine Bestic, Wilderness Safaris Social Media Manager and Writer 

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By Josephine Bestic

With a background in wildlife and conservation publishing, copywriter and digital marketer Jo has found her niche happily managing the content for Wilderness Safaris’ social media accounts.

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