Reviewed by: Muriel Fariello
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Traveling with a small group to Botswana and Kenya was a rare treat. Jami and Theo our group leaders were great and took the time needed to get the best possible photos of the wildlife.
The guides were very knowledgeable
about the animals and knew the areas that would provide us with the most wildlife. Very
accommodating for sure.
The facilities staff members were excellent and the food was amazing.
We look forward to our next adventure with Jami and Theo.



Reviewed by: Bonnie Windell
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Fabulous opportunities to see and photograph wildlife. Jami and Theo were a great help in making our photographs sharp! Brian and Josh were very knowledgeable about the animals, tracking them, and setting us up for the best views to photograph! There was no lack of wildlife: elephants, warthogs, lions, many kinds of antelopes, birds, hippos, giraffes, crocodiles, etc… All of the beautiful people on staff that put up and took down tents, prepared showers, set up the tables, did dishes, cleaned our clothes, and fed us, were kind and helpful in every way! Totally enjoyed the music and dancing as well! Loved walking with lion cubs and riding an elephant! Definitely an amazing trip!



Reviewed by: Renee Iacone / Steve Clearman
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

This was a wonderful trip!  Botswana is a treasure. Theo and Jami were very knowledgeable about taking pictures of wildlife and very available to those of us who needed the support of experienced photographers. Our safari guides, Brian and Josh, were super hosts who made sure everyone enjoyed the camping and game drive experience. Everyone felt like royalty. Beautiful Tumi, our campsite chef, created delicious and creative meals that were beyond expectation. Hot water bottles  tucked into our cots were such a welcome surprise on chilly nights! And last but not least – Jami’s “two week” parlor game was a killer!



Reviewed by: Hadley Iacone
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Absolutely incredible! I can’t say enough good things about this trip. Jami and Theo are great hosts and fun, extraordinary, people. The food was amazing, and the support staff were wonderful. Our guides, Josh and Brian, were extremely knowledgeable, and were fantastic at getting us the best and closest views of the animals. In addition, it is very clear that they all have great respect for the animals, the people, and the environment which, as an individual working in the field of conservation science, is important to me. (Also, they all had great stories!) Every aspect of the trip was well-thought-out. Every day brought very special experiences that I will treasure forever. It was unlike any trip I’ve ever taken.



Reviewed by: Kevin Smith
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Truly an amazing experience. You couldn’t possibly be closer to nature, deep in the bush, with wildlife all around, including in camp. I added about 7k clicks to the shutter count on my camera, mostly because everyday on our game drives we had more wildlife sightings than we could handle. To have lions within 10 feet of the vehicles was not uncommon, and safe I would add because of the experience Jami and Theo bring, along with that of our guides. To top things off, the cuisine everyday was delicious, with a lot of local dishes, and a camp staff that came to feel like family. If you’re looking for an authentic and intimate safari experience, in the wild, look no further than Wild Focus!



Reviewed by: Cecile Smith
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

I just returned from a two weeks trip  to Botswana with Jami and Theo, and can say, without any hesitation,that this was the best travel experience of my life. The trip was superbly planned and everything exceeded my expectations! I was joyfully overwhelmed by the amount of wild life we saw and experienced in the bush. Jami, Theo and their guides always took the time to answer any question we may have had regarding animal behaviors and wildlife , which i found fascinating. Everyone was super friendly, the staff was amazing (we ate like royalty in the middle of the bush!) and the trip provided the perfect amount of excitement while feeling safe at all times. I cannot recommend this trip enough. Kudos to Jami and Theo for providing this kind of service and experience; it was truly magical.



Reviewed by: Adriana Morales
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Africa, a dream come true!

This trip exceeded my expectations, it was marvelous in every way. We had sightings of so many different wild animals and in their natural behavior. We saw lots of elephants, packs of lions, a leopard and her cubs, wild dogs which sadly are rare to find since they are endangered, beautiful birds, crocodiles, an aardwolf, hyena, so many more. A big plus was being in mobile tents, it made the experience even more real and adventurous. Our wildlife guides were very knowledgeable of the bush; safety plus living the experience was their number one priority. The whole crew was amazing.

Jami and Theo, the expedition leaders, are always superb not only on taking care of all the details of the trip but also making sure their guests are well taking cared of, they are wonderful souls who care a lot about wildlife and pristine environments. I feel so fortunate to have met them.

This trip will stay in my heart as one of the most memorable.



Reviewed by: Michael Dyer
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

It takes an extra dimension of humanity to lock in to the natural world of Africa and Jami and Theo have it in spades. If you are going on a mobile photographic safari in Africa, this is the team to go with.

For example, the participation of the esteemed local guides in Botswana, Brian and Josh, was a payoff of many years of trust and friendship with Jami and Theo that is not available to everyone. Indeed, there are some one-off dudes with temporary signs taped on vehicles guiding in the parks that make one appreciate the high standards of guiding delivered by Wild Focus. Plus, Brian and Josh were mannerly and damned funny.

We also encountered some self-drives. One was lost, another stuck in the sand, and another backed into a parked vehicle of observers at a water hole. So you see the upside of professionalism, high quality vehicles and prime campsites.

Speaking of funny, that Theo. I don’t know how to put this, but the net result is laughter.

Jami and Theo collectively pack an enormous array of knowledge along with those fancy cameras. A tree, a bird, an alert sound, a track, a rarely sighted animal. They fill you in when you need it. Pure experience is the only way to come to that level of understanding the complete African environment.

All the very positive details listed by the other Botswana trip reviewers are accurate, but I would also like to give a special shout out to our small group of traveling companions. If you are going to be in the bush for ten days, you might as well have a hell of a lot of fun, and we did that.

Many thanks to Wild Focus for sharing that extra dimension.



Reviewed by: Lesley Dyer
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

How do you describe a trip of a lifetime?
A place that you’ve dreamed of since you were 10 years old.
A place of wonder where animals roam free where you are a guest in their realm and your role is stillness, quiet and observing them in awe.
A place where you rise before dawn and dress with an excited feeling building in you like a kid on Mardi Gras morning.
What will you see today?
What prize will you capture through your lens?
How close will you get to a king?
A place where you watch a red sun set over cocktails, feel the warmth of a roaring fire and new found friendships and feast over stories from your day of adventure.
A place where you lie awake reflecting on the majesty that you have witnessed and listen for the sounds of great beasts outside your tent.
A place where you are humbled by all you draw in with your eyes, your heart, your soul.
A place never to be forgotten.

Thank you Jami and Theo for the memories, the moments, the magic.



Reviewed by: Kathryn Gray
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

There should be a rating above excellent because that doesn’t begin to describe the wonderful eleven days with Jami and Theo in Botswana and Zimbabwe that vastly exceeded our already high expectations.

From first meeting Jami, her passion for Africa and showing people the amazing country, people, animals and land was obvious. Her desire to share her passion with fellow travelers helps build excitement for the trip long before one steps off the plane in Maun. And then meeting Theo, not only the consummate professional photographer, but a very knowledgeable old hand at the African experience, with a twinkle in his eye and a wit that is special, we knew we were in for something unique. Their intimate knowledge of all things African – art, topography, animals, flora and history – help to make this trip much more than just driving around looking at the amazing creatures that call this place home. We were introduced to a woman in Maun trying to replicate her village and give jobs to dozens of single mothers by keeping their craft of basket making alive – a friend of Jami and Theo’s. We were shepherded around by two other old friends of theirs, African safari guides Brian and Josh, who’s local knowledge of the area added much to the trip and kept us enthralled.

Both Jami and Theo’s expertise with a camera is mind boggling. Standing next to them, using the same settings, their photos look worthy of a coffee table book and mine something out of a how-not-to in a beginners photography manual. However, their expertise with a camera is almost second to their willingness to share their knowledge of how to work a camera that is what makes them so special. They taught me more about not only how to use the camera, but how to line up shots creatively and with thought than any class has ever given me. Their patience and kindly given constructive advise was invaluable.

However, this is not just a photo safari. You are surrounded by people (Jami, Theo, Brian and Josh and the amazing traveling staff) who share so much more about the animals, land, history, people and politics. My husband doesn’t know how to turn on a camera but spent eleven days enraptured. An interest in photography is not a prequisite for this trip. A desire to learn and enjoy a new experience is more than enough motivation to make this trip the trip of a lifetime.

Dinners in the bush, cooked by the astounding Tumi, were unbelieveable – as were breakfasts, lunches, high tea, sundowner cocktails and snacks – but it was the fun interaction with our traveling companions, filled with stories, laughter and fun, at the table that we will always treasure.

Theo and Jami are delightful, kind, warm, funny and caring people. Their goal is for everyone who travels with them to have a positive, unique, fun and eye-opening experience. And they more than provide. I cannot recommend this trip enough to anyone seeking a memorable experience with great people in Africa.

Thank you Ms. Jami and the Gurman, we not only feel like we have had the experience of a lifetime, but have made lifelong friends!



Reviewed by: Muriel Fariello
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Jami and Theo created a very special trip to Botswana and Victoria Falls. It was filled with wild life we have never seen before. Our camp guides Brian and Josh were very experienced finding wildlife to photograph at ever turn.
Jami and Theo gave us some very important photography tips for capturing the essence of the animals and birds we saw. Some of the highlights were astonishing. A lioness with her cubs frolicking feet from us. She had killed an animal and called to her cubs to come feast on it. Quite a wonderful scene between the cubs and her walking them off to eat the kill. Another group of lions with cubs were also in the area and we took every advantage to capture their life in the wild.
A rare look at a Leopard with her cubs which was so exciting. Never saw this before as they are so rare to see.
We were given a great opportunity to visit an Arrdwolf in its den. Eventually it moved on and gave us a full view of this beautiful animal as it left the den.
Elephant groups with their young at the water holes were a very impressive sight.
The food was excellent prepared by Chef Tumi. Each meal was different well presented and delicious. 5 star restaurant quality. Our extended trip to Victoria Falls was enhanced by an elephant ride and visit to a sanctuary for baby lion cubs which we were able to walk with and pet.
I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone who wants a tailor made adventure.
This was our second trip to Africa with Wild Focus Expeditions.



Reviewed by: Lela Ramona Paschall
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

“Once in A Lifetime” is what I hear about our trips!! With Wild Focus Expeditions, their knowledge of locations, outfitters, lodging , photography, etc…makes it so easy that you will want to go for more!! I’ve had 3 of those “Once in a Lifetime” trips with WFE. With their knowledge, our expectations have been exceeded every time—and when I return I have so many feelings of what I have experienced that it takes awhile to mesh back into this way of Life!! I’ve been to Kenya where I fell in Love with Africa, Svalbard where I fell in love with Polar Bears, and Botswana where I was enamored by African Wild Dogs! I won’t list all of the animals we photographed, but traveling with WFE has opened our world to the Amazing Animals of this world! We do have our 4th trip planned with them so I have to say They come Highly Recommended!!!!



Reviewed by: Senthil Palani
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Theo and Jami are a blast! Aside from the great quality of wildlife viewing, and meticulous planning, the entertainment factor is the icing on the cake. Jami and Theo have been to Botswana so many times; they know the best places for photography.

Jami and Theo are top-class photographers; so folks wanting to learn and improve their photography, they are available and enthusiastic about teaching.

Tents were comfortable. Food was excellent. Needless to say, I’d be going back with them whenever possible on my wildlife and nature photography quest.

Thanks Jami and Theo.



Reviewed by: Kathrine Davis
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Wild Focus Expeditions provided a unique, and exciting experience which is no surprise. I have taken a number of trips with them and it has always been just that.

It started off with a plethora of unusual animal experiences. Wild dogs were providing lots of excitement. We saw them on a number of occasions much to our surprise.

Food was great, tents very comfortable. But at camp site I was amazed at how many times we got up from a meal, to enjoy the animals that just showed up. That was quite exciting and my fondest memory to date on this particular trip.

These expeditions are always unique, and this one was no different.  No two are the same. But the thing you can take away is that your living conditions will be the best possible and the experiences will provide lots great memories when you go home.

I am sure I will be on more trips with Wild Focus, just haven’t decided which unusual place to go next.



Reviewed by: Vikram Ghanekar
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Having been on safari many times before, I had high expectations from this trip to Botswana.

At the end of it, I must say, the trip not only fulfilled my expectations but exceeded them by quite a margin.

The safari started off with a bang, with sighting of a fight between 2 wild dog packs on our first drive and ended on a high note when we had sighting of a mother leopard moving her tiny little cub, holding it gently in her jaws. The time in between was filled up with lions, cheetah, elephants and wild dogs (again and again and again!).

What impressed me most was the planning and execution. 3 nights in each of the 3 areas allowed sufficient time to get a feel of the place. It did not feel rushed at all, as sometimes it does, with 2 night itineraries when you feel you have just scratched surface of the place. Spending one night on each side of the trip in Maun ensured we were well rested.

The guiding was top notch, tents comfortable and food outstanding. Jami and Theo were great company, always ensuring every member of the group got what he/she wanted from the trip. Although I was a solo traveller, I never felt out of place or alone. The superb entertainment that they provided with their light good natured banter was of course a big bonus :-).

I would certainly recommend Wild Focus Expeditions to other travellers who want to experience something different.

I am looking forward to joining Jami & Theo one one of their expeditions in near future, but this time with my family.



AVERAGE RATING

for 25 trips.

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