By Claudio Bacinello Loyal International Expeditions’ guests Claudio and Teresa Bacinello share stories and photos from their custom safari through Namibia and Botswana.

So, here we are, on our fourth trip with International Expeditions and the furthest from home Terry and I have ever been. One of the attractions of this custom safari itinerary for us was the opportunity to experience vastly varied natural environments of Southern Africa.

With this in mind, we left the Chobe River for stays in lodges in the Okavango Delta and on the edge of the Nxai Pans, the desert-like remains of a dried salt lake. Both of our lodges (Camp Moremi and Leroo La Tau) have a number of common treats for guests. Among them are: great accommodations, food and service; expert guides and trackers; and the ability to customize an itinerary to accommodate any individual’s preferences. In our case, we chose to go out on game drives most of the time with one river excursion and a full day trip to see the giant baobabs and Nxai Pans. Needless to say, we looked forward to every outing and were rewarded with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

But beyond that was the experience itself. The friendly people, the amazing level of organization (four border crossings in one morning without a hitch!), the highly personalized service and the opportunity to make new friends from around the world all combined to make this the most memorable trip we’ve been on. Now that we’re back, everyone asks what we liked best or was most unique so, here’s our top ten list:

  1. Flying between camps in a single engine Cessna
  2. Driving our jeep through four feet of water in the Okavango Delta without getting stuck
  3. The Baines Baobabs
  4. Hippo tracks all around our cabin each morning
  5. A Lilac Breasted Roller chasing away an African Fish Eagle
  6. Incredible sunsets
  7. The Eagle Owl’s pink eyelids
  8. A wilderness barbecue feast
  9. All those stars at night
  10. Nothing cuter than Ostrich chicks

Read the first installment of Claudio and Teresa’s custom travel adventure to Southern Africa.