Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr and Mrs K from Ingleton, Yorkshire


10 days in Northern Botswana and the Okavango

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 17-Nov-2008 and 30-Nov-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our forth trip to southern Africa. It was undoubtedly the best for animal sightings. It was more restricting than driving ourselves around Etosha or the Kalagadi or being driven around Etosha from Ongava in that there is nothing to do between 1100 and 1600. The six people to a vehicle at Kwando is very bad, fortunatel we only had that happen three times in 18 drives so it wasn't too bad. However if we had been there when the camps were full it would have definitely spoilt the holiday.

Salinda, I'm told. have three seats down either side of the vehicle and all other camps we have stayed at have three rows of seats. Apart from being cramped the person in the centre of the three can't see very much as their side view is restricted and those in the second row have forward vision restricted as well.

The Kwando vehicle seating is the only real complaint of the whole trip. The Kwando experience was really fantastic we saw just about every animal we wanted to see, the only exceptions were cheetah and leopard cubs! We would certainly recommend the Kwando circuit to any one, especially Kwara. I think that three nights at each camp is the minimum one should have and we would have been happy with five nights at Kwara. If we were to go back to northern Botswana we would certainly go to Kwara but probably not Lagoon and Lebala.

Baines, whilst not e real dissappointment, was not in the same league a the others. It may be that had we done Baines first we would have felt differently but the guides we had weren't upto Kwado standards and there didn't seem to be enough land to visit different areas on different drives.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
18-Nov-2008 review: Lagoon Camp review
GoodGood
Lebala Camp, Botswana
21-Nov-2008 review: Lebala Camp review
GoodGood
Kwara Camp, Botswana
24-Nov-2008 review: Kwara Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Baines' Camp, Botswana
27-Nov-2008 review: Baines' Camp review
AverageAverage