Reviews of Footsteps Across the Delta
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It Doesn't Get Better than This
Footsteps Across the Delta is my favourite camp in Africa. (this was my eleventh safari). It successfully creates on old Africa feel and provides simple yet comfortable accommodation. The food is excellent as is the guiding. Our guide was known as O.P. and was informative, knowledgeable and entertaining.
We saw male lions chase an intruder from their territory and encountered wild dogs whilst on foot as well as watching dung beetles a work.
The camp was well managed and everything ran smoothly. I cannot praise this camp enough.
The only negative that I can think of is that the Landcruisers are only open at the sides - the roofs and back are closed and this makes wildlife viewing and photography slightly more difficult. However since walking is the major activity this is no big deal.
A wonderful experince.
Footsteps Across the Delta review
The unexpected experience of finding ourselves the only guests with 8 members of staff to look after us was at times overwhelming. We'd expected other guests, up to 4 more, but this is not the policy of Footsteps. Two guests at a time is their norm.
The release from game drives in vehicles by just walking through the environment, including accompaning giraffes on their evening stroll, was wonderful. The Mokoro trip was equally memorable. However the highlight has to be Oscar the visiting 40 year old bull elephant. He disrupted our attempts at showering by forcing us to retreat into the tent. It's wonderful having an elephant so close to you that you can hear the swish of his tail and almost count the number of eyelashes.
However he also joined us for breakfast and promptly ate my wifes fruit, knocking condiments, tea and containers off the table. The camp manager was not happy and final the guide was throwing table mats at him to move him away. Our guide assured us that this was a one off visit and that they will now have to devise strategies to discourage him in future.
He so delayed us that we nearly missed our connecting flight to Kwara.
The walks were fine, but what makes Footsteps special is the exclusivity. There are no other camps in this concession, so you have the animals to yourself.
The service is a bit formal for our taste, but maybe British travelers will prefer it. That said, they conjured up a memorable private, romantic dinner for two on our last night. I still don't know how they arranged for the elephant to walk by between courses!
Footsteps-Incredible Lion Experience
Tracked & followed the most incredible saga--day fight between an intruder lion & lioness with the resident pride of 4 lion brothers. Everything from intruder lion narrowly escaping from twin lions & his lioness mate severely injured by alpha lion. Then that dusk/evening we watched the unfolding of the reunion & affection among the 4 brothers. Hearing & seeing big open-mouthed roars from 10 ft. are unbelievable! Lioness survived & slept that night 5 ft. from tent of our guide--safe haven.
Not really roughing it here-fun to experience the bucket shower & bush toilet. Outstanding food prepared in the bush "kitchen".
Brilliant time at Footsteps
Footsteps was totally amazing. We found that the smaller the camps were, the better the experience, and we liked the more rustic aspect.
The bucket shower was something we had never experienced before and perfectly adequate. Again Oscar the elephant, who considered the campsite as his territory, was very entertaining, although our guide always was very cautious and watchful of Oscars antics. Oscar tried to get into our hammock but only succeeded in putting one foot thankfully and that nearly brought a tree down!
Here we heard majestic roaring of lions at night and we were taken by jeep to see one in all his glory at close quarters! He looked magnificent, in the moonlight, stretched out upon a mound surveying his domain and roaring to call his companions of three other males who worked together hunting. As with most of the animals in Botswana, he was a picture of health!
OP and his trainee guides made so many interesting observations and basically taught us so much Africa although we realize that we have not even scratched the surface of this wonderful country.
On the whole Footsteps and Kwara were definitely our favourite camps.
Terrific experience at Footsteps with caution
We were thrilled by the Footsteps experience -- really luxury camping and hiking in wild Africa. Footsteps offers a different level of intimacy with the wild, and we were very happy to discover it.
The accommodations far exceeded our expectations for what we expected to be a more rustic camp, and the great food and opportunity to share a deeper social connection with the camp manager and staff -- we were the only guests, but this camp never has more than 6-7 -- was another unexpected plus. Hiking on foot to see plentiful wildlife -- zebras, giraffe, elephants, and even lion -- is a different experience than being in the safety of a vehicle, and has to be experienced to be understood. Game was plentiful.
But we had an unexpected event -- walking at dusk, later than we had felt was prudent, we discovered ourselves under surveillance by a male and female lion, though 100+ meters away, the female arose and began to circle us -- nothing untoward happened and we were able to return quickly and safely to our vehicle, but we felt our guide, while armed, should not have had us walking so late. Perhaps the fact that our guide was substituting for the regular guide, was not physically fit and seemed to delay this last walk, contributed to this scary experience. Fortunately the assistant guide was vigilant, very observant and spotted the lions.
Footsteps Across the Delta review
The walking safari experience was definitely the highlight of our entire trip.
Especially after a week of game drives, it was wonderful to explore a very remote and untouched area on foot, without any motor sound, and to take the time to watch the wildlife. Wildlife is abundant in the area. We particularly enjoyed sitting under a tree and watching the game and birds at the many waterholes. Meeting elephants when walking was definitely a highlight! And so were the incredible sunsets, different every day.
Paul Molesend is an extremely knowledgeable guide with a lot of experience and great passion for the bush. He made our experience even more enjoyable and memorable. Thank you!
The camp is, of course, less luxurious than the other camps we stayed at, however, this somewhat rustic character only enhances the bush feeling. We loved the beautiful location of the camp, the hammock in front of our tent, the campfire, bush shower, ... Food was very good, too (particularly the homemade chili sauce!) and the bar well stocked...
When planning our next safari holiday in Africa, we will definitely put a stronger focus on walking safaris, three days were just not enough! In particular, it would have been great to also do the Kanana Mokoro Trail, which is a combination of walking and mokoro trips in an even more remote area of the concession. That's for next time...
Footsteps Across the Delta review
Again just the sort of camp that we love. The staff were very friendly and the camp was very well run by Changu and her team. There was more attention to detail and the tents were better quality than at Saile. it was a nice surprise to have a birthday cake. We would like to thank Ker & Downey for the complimentary bottle of fizz, However it was the work and effort that the staff put in to make a special meal which we had in a romantic setting which will make it a birthday that will not be forgotten.
The guide, OP, and trainee guide, Aaron were delightful and humorous and were for ever setting us quizzes and tests to test our knowledge on dung and tracks!!! (Judging by our results, their jobs are safe!!).
The most memorable highlight was seeing the 4 male lions and hearing them as they passed camp during the night.
This was the top camp for us because it was more basic where we shared the bush with the staff in a very small group. However it was not booked up and I fear that many travellers want the comparative luxury of other camps. The camp is without a booking 15 days in June and I fear for the economics of the operation.
Kwala is apparently mid range and not luxurious compared to many camps but it seemed to have every mod con to us. A walking safari is exciting as one gets close to nature, can breathe and hear the bush and its noises and there is no roar of engines of three vehicles chasing lions or dogs etc
A great experience with an excellent guide and the manager and 4 staff who looked after us. We have one quibble. Presumably to save money we flew to the Shinde airstrip as they own Footsteps. If we had flown to the Kwara airstrip it would have halved the 3 and half hour road journey to Footsteps
Great set up and team
Truly close to nature, with lots of love and respect.
Good wibes, fantastic environment and nice camp.
Will recommend this camp