Barclay Stenner Safaris in Botswana, Africa

First off let’s start by saying that this was hands down the best trip of my life. I decided to jump on a plane and safari with Barclay Stenner Safaris. If you haven’t heard of them, definitely check them out. They arranged for Taylor Swift’s music video “Wildest Dreams” to be filmed out in the middle of Africa.

Mornings in the Okavango Delta. Started my mornings with tea and gorgeous sunrises.

Mornings in the Okavango Delta. Started each morning with tea and incredible sunrises.

Loved my tent. It was set up so cute. The ideal safari tent. I loved the map of Africa above my bed, such a perfect touch. The tent had places to put your clothes and personal items, a little vanity, charging station for mobile phones, lanterns and it’s own bathroom. The bathroom had a shower and it’s own flushing toilet. If you wanted to take a shower, water would be heated up and brought over to the shower.

Headed to breakfast after tea. I mentioned to Barclay Stenner Safaris that my lifestyle was mainly vegan and that I try to avoid caffeine, and they accommodated me so well. They are truly bespoke and cater to every need. They presented different types of awesome caffeine free teas, and the food was incredible. There was a Barclay Stenner chef on safari with us and he just makes the best meals – 5 star restaurant quality.

A photo with are our amazing guides John and James, publicist Amanda Archer , and photographer Brandon Sloter. ☀️

We would get into the safari car early every morning to start the search for animals in the delta…

John and James were the best at spotting animals. They found a lion based on just seeing ONE paw print in the road! We felt so honored being out with them and being a part of their group.

Some of the amazing animals we saw in the Okavango Delta / Moremi Game Reserve…

Photos are by Brandon Sloter

One of the most incredible things about Barclay Stenner is how bespoke they are. I mentioned wanting to do something to give back while in Botswana and they set up a special trip to Khwai for our group to bring school supplies and coloring books to to children. This was one of the absolute best days of the trip and I am so grateful to them for going out of their way to do this.

Here are some of the photos from the visit…

My trip to Africa with Barclay Stenner was the best trip of my life. I feel everyone needs to visit Africa, it is truly life changing. Botswana is such a beautiful country and the time spent in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve I will treasure for a lifetime. I feel there are few untouched beautiful places in this world, and this and place is definitely one of them. They hold the largest population of African elephants on earth, just as one example. The scenery is so picturesque. Every photo is epic, this place truly is a heaven on earth.

Thank you to Barclay Stenner, Brandon, and Amanda for making everything so special.

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  1. January 24, 2018 / 4:44 am

    Hello Crystal, My name is Karoline Sanchez and I am the CEO and founder of a little non-profit organization that aims at helping Latinos in the Tacoma, Washington area. I saw an interview you gave on Daily Mail TV where you mentioned that you like to do philanthropy work and help out wherever you can. Our organization relies 100% on donations which, so far, have come mainly from mine and the board members pockets. Because we are so small and fairly new organization and we do not have our 501C3 because we do not have the funds, we are off to a very slow and rocky start. So far, our organization has helped several homeless Latinos with jobs and finding rooms for rent, and we have helped 2 women escape from domestic violence situations and moved them and their children into safe housing. We currently have a calendar ready for print which could generate a profit of over $10,000 for our organization, but we do not have the $4000 to print the initial 1000 calendars. We have a couple of events we really would like to do such as honoring our Latino vets, police officers, firefighters, and other Latinos who have made a difference in their communities and a statewide School Latino art contest which we are currently running. Bottom line is….I thought if you could see your way to helping out our cause and perhaps donate to our organization. We really could use about $11,000 but anything will be helpful. The name of our organization is Chicano Empowerment & Enrichment Coalition dba ChEECo. Website: Our EIN # 81-3039585 and our Washington state business license # 604 010 858 and I would love to send you our Business plan so that you can see what our organization’s goals are.

  2. February 18, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    You are so lucky to have visited such a wonderful place. It looks so peaceful and relaxing, and to be able to enjoy time with the local children is just amazing. Photographs are awesome. You’re a beautiful person Crystal, both inside and out. Happiness and peace to you xxx

  3. Nelita
    February 19, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I love reading and seeing your blog (trip/pictures)it’s very educational to learn about other place I haven’t been and maybe I won’t be able to see cuz you know 💰And others 😔 Anyways happy to see your happy and giving back some of your blessings to others, take care and thanks for sharing your adventures Crystal, hope to see more of your travels 😘🙏🏻~kalemma88

  4. Kelsi
    February 20, 2018 / 2:05 am

    This trip looks amazing! Animals are the most amazing things, and I imagine just seeing them all in person would’ve been so fufulling! You are the kindest soul for giving back! That blog was amazing, can’t wait for more! xx

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