Reviews of Footsteps Across the Delta
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Great Bush memories at Footsteps
For our third camp in Botswana ( 2 nights) we wanted the 'bush experience' with hurricane lamps, no electricity ( solar generator for battery re-charging), drop toliets and bag showers. As well as the opportunity just to walk from the camp and see nature from a metre rather than the back of a safari vehicle. We were not disappointed with the experience.
Finding the full skeleton of an elephant on the morning bush walk was an education. Seeing hundreds of carmine bee eaters leaving their ground nests, following a 2.5 metre python ( what a beautiful creature) into the base of an old tree were also very memorable. Going the opposite way to a black mamba was sensible! Seeing the male and female leopard on our return to the air strip was also very special.
We were amazed by the quaility and variety of the food on offer at the meal times, especially given the bush kitchen location. We needed the walks to lose the calories the camp was piling on us ! Home made bread and cakes, freshly made mushroom soup, quail casserole, chicken madras ,etc etc. Hot water delivered to your tent side bowl morning and evening. Hot water for the bucket shower on demand.
Sitting by the bush fire with a cold drink ( and yes they could even produce ice cubes) listening to the night sounds. Terrific !
Travel light as possible - like most camps there is a daily laundry service.
Highly recommended as a contrast to the ' more pampered bush experiences'
Walking is by far the best activity at the camp. Game drives were good and educational. Not the best location we had seen for mokoro.
Great walks with TT.
Fantastic sundowner by a lagoon with 10 hippos.
Amazingly luxurious when considering the basic basic set-up as remote camp outside of basic infrastructure. Food was excellent, service very good. The most important for us: the manager and leading guide TT and his assistant guide Aubrey were super-good, skilled and very knowledgeable – and most intelligent and entertaining dinner company, too. We had so good time there, that we really do miss the place already.
On our walks we encountered situations that really test the skills of the guides: black mamba crossing our path just in two meters, 5 male lions sighting us behind the grass in just 20 meters and some more. Even in such extreme situations everything our guides told us and how they reacted and managed the situations confirmed: perfect professionals!
We were sorry to leave the Footsteps! We loved every minute there and could have spent few more days. This is Africa as we like it.
Fantastic, most remote, great for walking
Great walking, superb knowlegeable guide in Titi, amazing food despite the remoteness, the mokoro trips can bring you VERY close to the hippos, but walking towards the roaring lions with Titi's expert guidance was the highlight.Read more about the whole safari
This was what we wanted - a remote small camp with the opportunity to walk, and some very congenial company who were also into walking.
We were amazed at the ingenuity and skill of the staff in creating amazing meals and hot showers from charcoal pits in the ground. The camp needs to make it clear - as you did to us - that it is a specialised walking place, where you'd be lucky to see big game (one of our co-guests would have been much happier at neighbouring Shinde).
The guides were again very knowledgeable and helpful, though a bit more distant than Lagoon. We found Ker and Downey camps in general somewhat more formal, and a bit more inflexible, than Kwando. But a great experience.
No tea served at 5.30 allowing us time to struggle out of bed, wash and get to breakfast at 6.00. This camp was the only camp to serve porridge for breakfast. Other camps should take note!
Again food superb. The sightings were wonderful. Guide was amazed at number of sightings we saw over the two days, for instance we saw 4 different prides of lion in two days.
On way to airstrip we even saw leopard turtle to which the the guide exclaimed that we must have seen nearly everything available. We even saw a family of aard-wolf with puppies which was a first for the guide as well! Great place.
This was magic, best place of all the camps, small tents, close to nature. Great company from the staff and atmosphere. Only problem with walking safari's is the long wait after the morning walk before the evening walk.
This felt like camping in the bush but with the great food and wine.
Great start to our safari
After a long flight from the US the previous day and our two short flights to get to Footsteps, we were delighted to be out and walking our first afternoon. We weren't sure this would work well but it certainly did for us.
Immediately immersed us in the experience, got us tired enough to sleep well. Our guide, Alberto, was very knowledgeable and led two very interesting walks.
Based on our experience, we would do another walking safari, maybe for two or three nights next time.
Walking at Footsteps
A wonderful experience, great guides who made you feel quite dafe. I was a bit nervous at times as there were clearly lions around but felt well looked after.
Most surreal moment was having a shower out of doors in the dark with the hippos grunting in their pool jsut a few yards away.
Tents are not as luxurious as other camps but we had expected that.
What I would say about the walking for guests to be aware of is that although not a "route march" it is quite tiring walking through very sandy terrain after several hours as the day heats up. There are frequent stops though. A really different and worthwhile part of our trip, seeing animals on foot.
we particularly liked the fact it was small (only 4 guests while we were there). The staff team were really helpful and friendly and the manager/head guide TT and the other guide Alberto were very knowledgeable, were obviously very committed to their country and its environment, and took great pains to explain about the way the eco-system worked - they were also very good company at dinner.
If there was anything that we would change it would be that we felt that sometimes the level of pampering was verging on the excessive and although the cooks did miracles in their bush kitchen, we would have been jut as happy to have had a braai in the evening and not worried about the table cloths and cutlery settings.
This is absolutely no criticism at all of the staff, but rather rflects our own more informal approach to life in general.