Reviews of Lagoon Camp
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Lagoon Camp-What a Setting!
What an experience to arrive at Lagoon Camp early afternoon to see the elephants make their way across Kwondo River. It's a sight we won't forget. On arrival, we hadn't eaten since early morning and said indeed we'd like a simple sandwich when food was offered. There was nothing simple about it.
Dux then showed us our tent. Again the setting was amazing. Deck, bed, soak tub and shower all afforded a view of the river. No wonder the hippos liked it so well there.
Our Guide Paul and our Tracker Isaiah again proved to be a great team. We watched the elephants maneuver their babies across the river. We saw three female lions resting in the midday. We saw a crocodile feasting on an elephant. We came boat to nose with a hippo in the river.,not to mention tracking a leopard. We were most fortunate.
Lagoon Camp review
This camp has a spectacular setting, right on the Linyati River. We could watch elephants crossing the river to the marsh on the other bank and at night we could listen to hippos snorting around our cabin. Our cabin was huge and luxurious with a slipper tub right in front of a window with a good view of the river.
Our guide Matt and tracker PD gave us lots of information about the wildlife and could spot animals that we would never have seen without them. A highlight was parking under a tree to watch a young female leopard in the branches above us. Another highlight was seeing a pack of wild dogs trotting along the road and playing with each other.
Lagoon Camp review
In my view this was the best lodge we stay at for both the quality of the guide and tracker, and the interesting environment and wildlife. The accommodation was really good quality.
Besides seeing abundant elephant, antelope, hippo and co we were fortunate enough to have good sightings of leopard, wild dogs, jackel, mongooses, civet and genet. Our guide was particularly interested in birdlife which was abundant.
Friendly, excellent game and great location.
Fantastic and friendly start to our first trip to Botswana. Excellent game and great location.Read more about the whole safari
The best game viewing we had
This was the last of our safari camps on our trip and definitely the most luxurious. Our room was huge, like a house, with a thatched roof and a combination of canvas, stucco, and mesh walls. It had beautiful wooden floors with oriental carpets, a very comfortable king-sized bed and huge dressing area with a safe. The bathroom was enormous with two sinks, a tub and indoor and outdoor showers. There was also a sitting area inside and a deck outside.
The camp is located on the banks of a lagoon extending off the Linyati river. All the rooms and common areas have an expansive view over the lagoon and the grassland between it and the river. We saw large herds of elephants slowly making their way across the water and grass every day and hippos came into the camp at night. (We were warned not to walk around after dark.)
The highlight here was definitely the game viewing. We saw extraordinary game on each of our five game drives. Twice we got to observe a pack of 14 wild dogs. Once they were feeding on an elephant that had died of unknown causes. On other drives we saw leopards, lions and cheetahs and were able to observe them for long periods. One of our cheetah sightings was just after a group of 3 had killed an impala. Our guide, Matt, and tracker, PD, were amazingly good at locating the cats. The guiding staff keep each other informed by radio of sightings and they obviously know the groups of predators that are in the area well. Elephants were everywhere. We haven't been to Chobe, so I can't compare, but the numbers of elephants were impressive. We also had excellent sable antelope sightings.
As birders we were looking forward to seeing the Southern Carmine Bee-eaters that nest in the area. We did see a number of individuals but the nests in the river bank were not occupied (it may have been a bit early in the year). Other nice sightings were Bataleur, Dickenson's Kestrel, Tawny Eagle, African Spoonbill, Malachite Kingfisher, Pearl-spotted Owlet, and a Hadeda Ibis on a nest with two chicks. To be honest, the game was so amazing that we spent little time looking for birds. But the camp itself had some good birding with highlights being abundant Greater Blue-eared Starling and Southern Red-billed Hornbill and resident Scops Owl, Striped Kingfisher, and Bearded Woodpecker.
The camp has options for an afternoon boat cruise and a walking safari. We did get to do the boat trip and it was a nice break from a bumpy safari vehicle. We saw plenty of animals from the river and some nice birds as well. We didn't get the chance to go on a walking safari though and I was a bit disappointed. Guests are combined into groups of 6 and stay with the same guide for their whole time at the camp. So if you are combined with people arriving and leaving at the same time as you it's easier for the staff to fit in all the activities to suit everyone. Since we were combined with groups staying fewer nights I suppose it wasn't so easy to work out. The game viewing was so spectacular that it really wasn't a problem.
Dogs vs. Sables at Lagoon
Our first camp on our first ever safari on our first day in Botswana, we were lucky enough to observe the Lagoon pack in action. The first evening, they were unsuccessful with a warthog though they had recently eaten and their effort was half-hearted. The next day, things were more serious when they surrounded two sable antelope and the fight was on. The sables were able to drive off the dogs, who later came upon an elephant carcass where they would stay for the next three days. That same morning the dogs had driven a large male leopard up a tree for everyone's enjoyment.
We can't say enough about our guide and tracker, Carlos and Aaron. When they received word from Lebala that the Cheetah brothers were headed our way, off we sped to track them. I admit to having my doubts, but after several hours off road with Aaron periodically disappearing in the bush, there they were. My jaw hit the floor of the jeep!
The camp is lovely, the food great, the staff wonderful. We were in the last tent, which meant hippos, elephants and an occasional buffalo were our neighbors.
Lagoon Camp review
An excellent start to our safari. The lodge was in a wonderful setting, friendly staff and good food. But the real highlight was the quality of the tracking and guiding.
The standard of guiding and tracking was exceptional. Within an hour of being in the bush we were amidst a pride of six lions. During our four day stay we also had two wonderful and lengthy wild dog pack encounters and tracked a leopard for over an hour. We also experienced a fantastic hyena pack devouring half a kudu.
Superb location and sumptuous accommodation
This camp is in a fabulous location and the accommodation was the most sumptuous of the three we stayed at. Again the guide and tracker were very helpful and informative.
Without leaving the camp we were able to enjoy elephants crossing the river and even wandering through the site. We very much enjoyed the evening boat cruise and the chance to stretch our legs on a walk.
Lagoon Camp review
Lagoon Camp has a fantastic location on the Kwando channel with elephants crossing back and forth to graze on a regular basis. Once again, like the other Kwando camp, the guiding was excellent and we saw cheetah, leopard, lion and an excellent array of birds.
The rooms were very large and very well-appointed - the camp having been refurbished in the last year or two. Food again was very good (without being outstanding) and the staff were universally excellent. One of the highlights of this stay had to be watching a pair of honey badgers playing around our vehicle on the last morning.
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