Welcome To Banoka

Willie negotiates the last of the bumpy track into the campsite. Over the sound of the jeep’s engine we hear singing. We round the last corner of the well worn track and come to a stop in the camp’s welcoming area. Camp staff have come out to greet us and they are singing a traditional Botswana welcoming song. We have arrived at Banoka Bush Camp (check out the great article on Mahlatini website)
As we step down from the dusty jeep we are presented with a cold face towel and an even cooler drink. We’re introduced to the camp managers – Mish, Lops and Claire. An air of “relax, slow down, your here” surrounds us and we feel instantly at home. They are all genuinely happy to meet us and the pride they take in their work is immediately evident.
We’re escorted to the camp’s expansive dining and meeting area to receive our camp safety briefing. As we pass through the entrance we notice the huge waterhole which the camp is built around. At least a dozen hippo are wallowing around in the shallows and their loud grunts and growls are a perfect accompaniment to our extensive camp briefing.
What a way to start our safari.

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