Our Wilmot family first came to Botswana in the early 1900’s. Their family history which began in Bechuanaland Protectorate (British) closely tracks the recent development of Botswana as it is known today. Grandfather Eric Cronje Wilmot was the first. (Read “Always Lightly Tread” – written by Eric Cronje Wilmot). Then, his son, Bobby Wilmot, the famous crocodile hunter turned to photographic safaris. Lloyd, his son, built his own reputation as an outstanding Professional Guide and now, Alistair, Lloyd's son continues in the fine tradition of his father.
Bobby Wilmot (my father) was involved in the early exploration and opening up of the Okavango Delta at a time when it was virtually unknown and unexplored. Turning his knowledge and equipment into photographic safaris before he died, Bobby Wilmot created a tourism camp known as Crocodile Camp. After his death in 1968, Lloyd his son carried on by establishing Xaxaba Camp and later Lloyd's Camp in Savuti.
Lloyd Wilmot and his sister Daphne are steeped in the Botswana wildlife experience and you could find no better guides to share it with you. For years, they have been taking people to some of the most magical parts of this fascinating country - Deception Pan in the Kalahari, the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Nxai Pan with its famous Baines’ Baobabs, Savuti and Moremi Game Reserve and to the famous bushmen paintings of Tsodilo Hills.
Lloyd, once a hunter, now a conservationist, was a veritable mine of information. You name it – he’s done it. Swimming with elephants, tracking lion, leopard or cheetah on foot, building hides to view game at remote waterholes, following the amazing African migrations and more. His famous Lloyds Camp in Savuti was legendary - a place of wonder and excitement and not surprisingly probably more credited in wildlife documentaries than any other camp in Botswana. It was here that Lloyd developed his special affinity for lions. However, he has now retired and lives in Shakawe.
Daphne Wilmot, Lloyd's sister, has lived in the Maun area most of her life and has been running safaris for 35 years. Daphne provides the woman’s touch ensuring that you are truly well looked after. Her table is legendary conjuring wonderful 3 course meals in the middle of the African wild, under the stars and miles away from all mod cons! But it is as a game guide that Daphne is remembered with awe by her guests. She has a gentle way of getting you as close to the small wonders as to the big adventures.
Her patience and eye for photography makes her an invaluable aid to the keen photographer. Daphne welcomes children on safari and quickly wins their trust while introducing them to the enchantment of the African wild.