Join Nat Geo Wild presenter and Wild Animal Encounter’s Director Ben Britton on one of our amazing trips to Southern Africa in 2017.

FULLY ESCORTED – BEN BRITTON’S BIG CAT TOUR JUNE 2017

This is a trip for all you Big Cat lovers!

Ben Britton will host you during this entire trip, visiting some of the best locations in Africa to experience and view the continents Big Cats. These locations have been personally selected by Ben to ensure guests the best opportunity to observe these amazing animals in their environment.

Upon arrival in South Africa you will be transferred to the historic Kirkman’s Camp in the Sabi Sand. Adjacent to the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly leopard viewing. Home to a host of animals, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers almost five million acres. With no boundary fences between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park, this Reserve benefits from the great diversity of wildlife found in one of the richest wilderness areas on the African continent.

After a few days at Kirkman’s Camp in the Sabi Sand guests will travel to Botswana via a night at the grand old dame of the north, the Coach House Hotel & Spa in Tzaneen. Set amongst orchards, macadamia plantations and manicured gardens, the hotel offers guests the chance to relax, and breaks up your drive north to Mashatu Game Reserve.

Once across the border into Botswana you will travel to the beautiful Mashatu Tented Camp for your 5 night stay. Mashatu is Ben’s home away from home in Southern Africa, with him having worked with the team at Mashatu Research for the last 6 years on a variety of wildlife conservation initiatives. You will spend 5 days with Ben and the Mashatu Research Team observing Lion, Leopard and Cheetah as well as a wide variety of other African wildlife in their natural environment. Obtaining an introduction to life as a big cat researcher with a variety of hands on activities including tracking animals on foot, camera trapping and calling stations whilst learning what you can do to help preserve big cat’s for future generations.

Your host Ben Britton will also provide a number of informal talks and presentations throughout your 5 night stay on his work with National Geographic and Mashatu Research.

Funds raised from this escorted trip will go towards Mashatu Research for their ongoing wildlife research and big cat conservation work in Botswana.

Download the full itinerary here – Ben Britton’s Big Cat Tour June 2017

AFRICAN WILDERNESS RESEARCH EXPERIENCE WITH BEN BRITTON JUNE/JULY 2017

This is a trip for those of you who are looking to experience life as a wildlife researcher in Botswana.

The trip is largely divided into two parts. During the first part of the trip you will visit various captive wildlife conservation programs in South Africa, including Elephant Whispers, Chimp Eden and Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre. Where you will go behind the scenes and get up close with African Elephant, Cheetah, Chimpanzee, African Serval and more. You will also spend an afternoon game viewing in the famous Kruger National Park.

After a few days in South Africa you will then be transferred to Botswana to join Ben Britton and the research team at Serolo for an introduction to African wildlife research.

Staying at the beautiful Serolo Camp you will spend 5 days with Ben and the research team learning what it takes to be a wildlife researcher in Africa. You will be actively involved in the conservation and preservation of Africa’s wildlife in their natural environment.

Whether it be carrying out animal counts and observations at a Spotted Hyena den, tracking elephant, camera trapping for leopards or spending the evening setting up calling stations to locate lions, this trip has a little bit of everything. Guests will take part in a number of set activities as well as being involved in which ever project is being undertaken by the research team at the time.

A perfect introduction to life as a wildlife researcher in one of Botswana’s most unique locations.

Funds raised from this escorted trip will go towards Mashatu Research for their ongoing wildlife research and big cat conservation work in Botswana.

Download the full itinerary here – African Wilderness Research Experience with Ben Britton June 2017

For more information on either of these amazing trips or to book a spot please email emma@wildanimalencounters.com.au

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