Beho Beho

Reviews of Beho Beho

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Below are independent comments from 112 of our travellers who have visited Beho Beho, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr H & Ms E - London
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beho Beho review

An expensive and distinctive camp - a real treat at the end of a trip. Great attention to detail both in the accommodation and the smooth running of the place. More like staying in someone's African retreat than a regular camp. But this is simple, not gold-plated, luxury. The stone and thatch bandas have amazing open terraces with a cinemascope view over the hills and a welcome breeze.

The food is great and the managers are adept at engaging their guests and bringing them together.

The walking is good here, especially out to the First World War battlefield of Beho Beho where Selous was killed. The guiding has a very good reputation, although we were surprised that a number of guides had only completed their training relatively recently.

Vehicles have a single guide who is also the driver - not common practice elsewhere. That said the game is good, particularly lion and elephant. The trip to Lake Tagalala and the Hot Springs makes a great day out.

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Expert Africa comments

With regard to the guides ... in our experience, the guiding at Beho Beho is excellent - some of the most experienced and highly trained guides in the business are here. Thus we were surprised when these travellers’ commented that some of the guides had only completed their training recently... so we asked the camp about it.

We learned that there are a few new guides that are currently in the process of being trained – however these have very little guest contact whilst they are at this stage of learning. The guides who actually take guests out on the various safari activities all have a varying wealth of experience.

Currently the team here is headed by Sean Lues, who has been guiding and managing camps since 1991. In 1994 he passed his final (proficiency) examinations and was awarded the 'Guide of the Year' trophy, presented by the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association. Over the last few years he has actually acted as an examiner at these week-long and highly regarded proficiency examinations. We regard the system of licensing pro guides in Zimbabwe to be about the best, and the most detailed, in Africa.

Sacha Toronyi has been guiding since 1997 and is a fully licensed Zimbabwean professional guide.

Sean Matthewson passed his two-year guide training programme in South Africa at the top of his class. Sean now has the highest South African qualification in guiding and has spent the subsequent eight years working as a guide.

Onesmo Jacob moved to Beho Beho in 2005, after working at Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park. He has spent the last four years guiding for Beho Beho.

One of the most recent additions to the guiding team at Beho Beho is Salum Mpapa. He has been at Beho Beho for four years and has been guiding guests for a year, following a six-week training course in Malta.

We're happy to recommend Beho Beho for the generally very high level of their guiding; they have an extraordinary quantity of training and experience amongst their team - and an active programme of training up their less senior guides.

Mr. Meerkat from Australia
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beho Beho is a must visit!

Beho Beho is simply first class. It is excellently appointed in all respects and the views from its hillltop location are excellent. The lodges are beautifully appointed with excellent furnishing and some "deadly" comfortable lounge chairs and sofas which can quickly turn a comfortable "rest" into a "nap".

The drives in Selous are great because there is nobody else around. The animal sightings are excellent. I was there at a time of very heavy rains. This made it hardy to do game drives and the lush vegetation made it easier for the animals to be invisible. However, the guides were excellent in every respect and dealt with the difficult conditions with great competence. Even getting bogged to the axles was great fun ....... especially as hyenas and vultures gathered!

The only hiccup was a lack of warm/hot water into Lodge 5. On most days it wouldn't matter but on a wet miserable day with lots of mud it would have been handy.

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Mr. G Essex
Arrived on: 11-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beho Beho

Still cannot be faulted - the best camp ever! Welcoming and friendly staff make a great atmosphere.

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Mr & Mrs Coucal - Herts
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Beho Beho review

Probably our most memorable overall camp experience anywhere in Africa. The location and facilities are stunning, and the camp succeeds brilliantly in conveying the feeling of being a guest at a house party, rather than just a "customer". Guiding is excellent, with - to us - the ideal balance of professionalism and personal relationship. We were lucky enough to bump into our splendid guide Onno on the plane flying into the Selous, so we had a chance to get to know him early.

We visited at a time when the wet season was arriving a bit early, so the whole area was beautifully green and the animals were fat and happy - a highly recommended experience if you've only ever experienced the dry season before. Getting around does become more difficult though, so be prepared to get stuck in the mud a few times!

Game viewing was very good overall, with particularly good bird sightings. Above all else we visited Beho Beho (hopefully) to see wild dogs, and we were lucky enough to have two extended sightings of a large and relaxed pack - wonderful. Highly recommended.

One final comment - the food was utterly outstanding - when you sit down to lobster on your first night in camp you know you're in good hands! Oh, and one final final comment - my snooker record was played 2, won 2, so Augustine needs to keep practising!

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Mr & Mrs Bee-eater from Dorset
Arrived on: 1-Jan-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Beho Beho review

Truely an outstanding and memorable experience. Without a doubt the best lodge we have ever stayed in anywhere in the world. Just about everything was perfect from the quality of the guides, the accommodation, the food, the wildlife, sundowners, the management and the overall ambience.

It's everything you would expect from a top quality safari lodge from the initial impressions / personal greetings on arrival right through to the day we had to reluncantly leave. The guides are some of the best we have ever experienced and the walking safaris exceptional.

We were very sorry to leave and if we had a critisism it would be that 4 nights was not long enough and we could eaisly stayed for another couple of nights.

Thank you Expert Africa for recommending the Beho Beho lodge to us.

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Mr & Mrs C from London
Arrived on: 23-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Beho Beho

Accommodation was fabulous, particularly loved having coffee at dawn watching the bush before a game drive.
I found the food excellent, Mark said it was good - he doesn't like mixed foods or self service (for lunch).
We wanted for nothing. Best Christmas I have had as an adult (despite having a virus (from England).
Didn't get time to use the swimming pool.
Thought all the staff were brilliant. Everyone so friendly. Very easy to relax.
Excellent knowledge of local animals, plants, birds etc etc.
Chalets were exceptional, attention to detail amazing.
Animals in abundance, spolit for choice.
I'm speachless, actually!! Can't think of anything negative.



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The Purple Rollers - Brighton
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
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The Begho Beho five star hotel.

The level of service, the ambience and the sheer goodwill of all the staff was superb. The whole place was maintained to the point that it was possible to think that it was completed yesterday.

The guides on the game drives were patient, knowledgeable and good company and the vehicles were even washed between drives!

We had a wonderful time that we will never forget.

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Mrs Guineafowl
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Paradise at Beho Beho

Flying in to the private airport was a wonderful way to begin - the welcome we got from Tamlyn was gorgeous. We felt at home immediately. She made us feel as though we were the first visitors that year! Our individual rooms were a wow factor - we all swooned over the extreme comfort and coolness of them and could have spent a lot moire time in them very easily.

However, we were there to see the animals as well as indulging ourselves. We loved the house party atmosphere and having dinner in so many different places was a real treat. The food was excellent and the service was superb - we left feeling like royalty.

The game drives were interesting - we had to really look for animals - Onno certainly found the ones that were there for us - we had a ball with him - so thank you Onno for a very amusing few days. In particular, we loved the dry river drive where we saw the bee-eaters catching all the swallowtails and other insects and diving into their little holes in the riverbank. The Tagalala Lake day was extremely enjoyable - we'll never have such a surprise breakfast again, I'm sure.

The highlight of our Beho Beho visit were the two walks we did with Sacha and Sean. The walk with Sean on our last evening when we walked with the elephants and a hippo was breathtaking. I think it is a great shame that walking was not "pushed" more - perhaps from you in London. Walks there did not seem to be as hot as expected - at Mwagusi it was really hot and our ranger was not nearly so informative - so we had been slightly put off walking there! Walking with Sacha and Sean was a wonderful experience and we really regret that we did not do more at Beho Beho.

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Mrs F - London
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Beho Beho review

Beho Beho was truly amazing! From the hospitality to the views, the food to the luxury of the rooms one could not find a fault.

It is well-worth the cost, a once in a life time experience.

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Mr & Mrs S - Kent
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Beho Beho review

We had the most fantastic time, staff could not have been more friendly & helpful our rooms were Fantastic with a real wow factor,our guide was brilliant{Onesmo top man}. he made sure we saw all the animals we wanted & more. breakfast by the lake & swimming in the hot springs were a wonderfull surprise, all in all we had a brilliant time & wished we had had more time there.

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