Hmmm, most inspirational moment? Too many to choose from so here's the top 5:
1. We came across two elephants in Savuti who seemed quite agitated. As we got closer we saw that there was a third elephant - a young calf lying down. We soon realised that the calf was dead which explained the other elephants behaviour, particularly the mother. Her grief was evident to see and suddenly the atmosphere in the vehicle changed, no-one wanted to take photos, it was as if we were encroaching on her pain. As we drove off the mother reared onto her back legs and trumpeted at us. A pretty scary moment but quite frankly we didn't blame her and we left her to grieve.
2. About 20 minutes after the first elephant sighting in Savuti we came across another dead elephant . This time though the culprits were there, snoozing in the shade - a pride of lions consisting of a male, 3 lionesses and 3 cubs. For half an hour we were the only vehicle with them and watched them scare off vultures, drink from a watering hole and generally interact with one another. The cubs in particular were mesmerising.
3. Watching giraffes drink probably won't strike most people as a highlight but it was. Giraffe can take hours to decide to drink once at a watering hole (they are somewhat vulnerable due to their drinking position) but we saw two giraffe approach a watering hole and decide immediately to take a drink. They stood next to each other and when finished jumped up in unison. The way they do it is so funny it has to be seen to be appreciated!
4. In Zambia we had initially planned to do the elephant back safari. As soon as our leader mentioned walking with lions though our choice immediately changed and we spent an hour or so walking with two 10 month old lion cubs. Just seeing them that close was amazing but to be able to stroke them was fantastic. If you're going on this trip then this extra is well worth the money. The lions aren't tame and the aim is that they will eventually be released as a pride back into the wild.
5. Most days we had lunch back at camp or on the road. In Savuti we had lunch in the bush. It was surreal sitting down eating french toast and bacon in the middle of nowhere watching giraffe and elephant walk past in the distance. Picnics will never be the same again!
Don't be put off by the camping. It's safe, comfortable and above all enjoyable. It wasn't long before we were all mucking in with putting the tents up.
Be prepared for long car journeys, the trip to Zambia is long but worth it when you get there and bizarrely seemed to pass by quite quickly.
You have to buy your own water. Buy more than you think you'll need. We were easily getting through 3 litres of water some days and there's nothing worse than realising you haven't got enough to last. Also, water gets boring after a while so we bought some small bottles of juice concentrate out there and each day made a small bottle of juice for variety.
Take a good camera and lens, the bigger the better.
Pack plenty of baby wipes - best things for cleaning your feet and hands each night!