Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mrs & Mr G - Cape Town


Feb 2014 Botswana trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 27-Feb-2014 and 6-Mar-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

An experience of a lifetime. Felt thoroughly looked after and catered to.

We saw the most amazing game and were privileged with the vast bush knowledge of our guides, and the love of the Batswana for their land and country.

Only one real downside of staying in the camps as a party of 6: we literally never had a moment of just being able to hang out or enjoy a meal on our own - because of the nature of long-tables with all guests eating together and guides playing host and conversation-partners during meals. With the strict rules around not walking about at night without a guide present, it created an awkwardness in us about staying around later into the evening and having to keep our guides up. So over the 8 days of the trip we actually had almost no time to interact with our own party on our own.

Lagoon and Kwara camps seemed to offer a reasonable balance between attentiveness and respect for guests' autonomy. Kanana, however, was a bit over-hosted and over-attentive (even though our hosts were truly wonderful) - it got a bit much to be hovered over ALL the time.

Everyone, everywhere, was so genuinely radiant and generous, and we are in love with the Batswana people!

Thanks to Expert Africa for good guidance and organising! And for the wonderful book on Botswana.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Is there any way to include more physical exercise?! It's an extremely sedentary experience with too much food :-) and an understandably restricted environment because of the wildlife.

Somehow though, we would have loved to engage in some kind of more robust activity/exercise over the 8 days.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
27-Feb-2014 review: Lagoon Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Kwara Camp, Botswana
1-Mar-2014 review: Kwara camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Kanana, Botswana
3-Mar-2014 review: Kanana review
ExcellentExcellent