Lagoon Camp

Reviews of Lagoon Camp

Excellent(94%) From 156 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 156 of our travellers who have visited Lagoon Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs P from West Yorkshire
Arrived on: 18-May-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lagoon Camp review

Lagoon camp was our third of the trip and was slightly bigger than the first two with nine tents compared to five but this did not reduce the homely feel to the place. The tents had recently been renovated and were more like big chalets with separate areas for sleeping, dressing and bathroom. The room overlooked the lagoon, was bright and airy inside and was the only one of the trip which was not on stilts. This led to interesting and exciting walks to and from the social areas due to regular encounters with the resident elephants.

All the staff were friendly and helpful, but more responsibility appeared to be put on to the guide (serving drinks, charging batteries etc) at this camp compared to the other camps. The food and service of, was comparable to Little Kwara.

Activities were based around game drives and a possible boat ride / fishing if all guests on the jeep preferred. Our guiding team of Vundi and James were very friendly and informative and put in a great deal of much appreciated effort to ensure all guests were happy and looked after. The camp was full throughout our stay resulting in a full jeep for game drives which made the drives a touch uncomfortable due to the lack of space on the vehicle (no spare middle seats for camera bags etc). Fortunately all the guests on our vehicle had one ambition which was to see wild dogs. Vundi and James, through sheer determination and great skill, more than satisfied everyone's wishes.

The terrain where the dogs were found, was very thick shrub, with little in the way of game except for the odd elephant, impala and birds and nearly two full game drives was spent off road searching. This made these two drives very tiring but through persistence and the amazing tracking skills of the guiding team (how you can track something heading in a direction, but you cannot head in that direction due to the denseness of the flora and still find the animal is beyond me!) led to a fantastic sighting of the dogs interacting with each other. To top this off we then went back in the afternoon and saw them hunting, therefore a huge thanks goes to our guiding team for these three drives alone. The other drives were equally exciting and good sightings were to be found, but the last drive highlighted how keen Vundi was to show us something different. Three cheetah had been spotted two hours away and if we sacrificed breakfast we would have time to go see them before catching our plane. Before we arrived the cheetahs had brought down an ostrich, so we experienced the interaction of the three brothers feeding on a cheetah which was certainly different.

In summary, Lagoon camp was an amazing experience and easily surpassed our expectations, a guide can make or break a stay and Vundi (both in an out of camp) certainly enhanced what was already an unbelieveable trip.

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Mrs & Mr H - Ontario
Arrived on: 23-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lagoon Camp review

It is impossible to say enough about this beautiful, luxurious camp.

We enjoyed every minute of the stay, saw lots of game, our tent was as big as a house, and the food and service ws excellent. This was our first camp. What a great introduction to Botswana.

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Ms F & Mr S - Virginia
Arrived on: 24-Mar-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lagoon Camp review

Here again, the camp facilities were unnecessarily luxurious. We certainly did not need as much space as our unit provided. We would gladly have traded fancy facilities for better guiding.

Thabo seemed knowledgeable enough, but we and the other couple in our vehicle (experienced safari go-ers) agreed on our first full day out that we had never been on a game drive on which we saw so little in the way of game. We joked that Thabo must be afraid of elephants given his skill in avoiding any sightings of them. We did have better sightings of variety of animals on the game drive on the morning of our departure.

The highlight of the camp for us was the river cruise. It was not that game was so visible from the boat (save for many hippos and quite a few birds), but just that the scenery was entrancing and the trip (with our very congenial vehicle-sharers) very relaxing.

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Mrs & Mr F - Paris
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lagoon Camp review

Good atmosphere

Not a lot of wildlife due to the first rain

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Mr & Mrs L from Lincoln
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lagoon Camp review

A very friendly camp. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The facilities were good, the driver and guide excellent and the location perfect. We have read that the tents are rather close together but that did not trouble us. The food and drink was very acceptable considering this is a bush camp. We had very good game viewing and were impressed by the driver and tracker skills and knowledge.

In common with all the camps the driver and tracker tend to concentrate on big game and to ignore birds and smaller wildlife at times which we would often be interested in also. If there was a chance of tracking a lion or leopard they tended to ignore everything else, but we think this is what most visitors probably want.

Having just four people to a truck was good. We also really enjoyed the sundowners!

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Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Cats & Dogs

A return visit to lagoon at first was a little disappointing as the camp is now very aged (it is being closed and completely revamped from the end of November, due to re-open in March 2011, and in need of a revamp).

The staff are what make this camp being friendly and very focused on providing their guests with the best opportunity of seeing the wildlife treats.

We were very fortunate to see the Wild Dogs who had gone after the first sighting and we spent three days with the 3 cheetah brothers which was great viewing. This is a real bush camp and my only hope is that the new camp keeps the true feel of wild Africa.

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Ms. M - London
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lagoon Camp review

We had a very enjoyable stay at Lagoon. Staff, service and food were very good. Our guide and tracker were very knowledgable and great fun and always did their best to find what we particularly wanted to see.

The highlights were the game drives when we were on our own, on one of which we spent quite a long time watching the cheetahs and on the other the wild dog puppies.

We were rather disappointed to miss out on the boat trip due to a problem with its starter motor as this was one of the reasons for choosing Lagoon. But we still had a great time.

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Mr & Mrs S from Kent
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lagoon Camp review

The grading was between exc. and good. I like self-service, e.g. of drinks, but this was probably a bit difficult to organise, so not done.

Liked the chalet, the guides were superb, esp Carlos and Bidi - the tracking skills of the latter were amazing to experience - 2 hrs of arduous tracking and we find wild dog pups and the adults, and witness an altercation between the dogs and a hyena. thrilling! Bidi knew and had told us that they were being followed by a hyena, and that they had stopped to attack it on the way. Fascinating.

Service slightly 'obvious' but really friendly and helpful. I am never quite sure why we need to be told to come up ladies first and men later, to the buffet counter - what it means is that the ladies have nearly finished eating before their male friends have started. If given free rein I think people would go up in groups and could eat together better. They made a charming effort to entertain us with singing.

I shall remember the guides most, and the wild dog and cheetah (even a leopard).

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Mr M from London
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lagoon Camp review

Excellent atmosphere, energetic staff.

Outstanding guide and tracker (Marcos and Beedee).

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Expert Africa comments

After sending us the above comments, this traveller subsequently kindly droped a note to the camp, which commented:

'Lagoon was one of five camps on our itinerary – and certainly one of the most memorable for all of us. This was chiefly on account of our guide, Carlos, and tracker, BeeDee (?). They were a great team and together they taught us so much about the bush/savannah and its inhabitants. Their ultimately successful (against the odds, we were thinking!) tracking of a family of wild dogs with pups after abandoning their den was a triumph of skill and perseverance. Carlos was knowledgeable and interesting on so many subjects, and BeeDee, very bright and intuitive, was more impressive than most guides we met on the safari.

The camp staff were very attentive; they worked (and sang!) hard to create a friendly, memorable atmosphere.

Many thanks for a very special three days!'

Ms S & Ms H - Norwood
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing place.

What a fantastic experience this proved to be - including the river trip/border crossing to get there.

Tent was very comfortable with fabulous riverside location. Staff very attentive and knowledgeable in camp and tracker and guide both excellent and very enthusiastic.

All game drives were great and extended day trip spent successfyully tracking cheetahs ended with camp manager driving our lunch out to us. The camp principle of tracking predators meant we witnessed two kills which was a brilliant experience in terms of seeing nature as it is. We also appreciated the limit of six people per vehicle and the staff's willingness to ensure everyone had a good time.

Already planning to return sometime.

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