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Travel reviews by rullesteg from Switzerland


Great safari.

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 17-Oct-2010 and 27-Oct-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Overall, our expectations were exceeded on most fronts. There are 2 minor issues, which bothered us:

1. Tipping. It seemed odd to us to pay between 400-700 dollars pp and day and then be expected to pay another 5-15$ pp and day for the guide and something for the staff.

Of course, everybody emphasizes one does not HAVE to tip, but that does not really make all that much sense. Either tipping is common and therefore expected, i.e. part of a guide's salary - in which case those 5-15$ should simply be added to the bill as a matter of course, and from the outset - or it is not, in which case the practice should be rather discouraged.

2. The song & dance routine upon arrival at the Ker & Downey camps. This is obviously not a serious issue, but rather by the by.

We cringed a little each time we were welcomed by the camp's staff with a welcoming sond and dance routine . Not because the singing and dancing was bad (it wasn't bad at all), but it was a bit too much for us. And we were far from the only one guests who felt that way.
Something for the camps to think about maybe.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kanana, Botswana
17-Oct-2010 review: Staying with elephants in Kanana
ExcellentExcellent
Footsteps Across the Delta, Botswana
19-Oct-2010 review: With Dougie Wright at Footsteps
ExcellentExcellent
Shinde Camp, Botswana
21-Oct-2010 review: Shinde
ExcellentExcellent
Meno A Kwena, Botswana
24-Oct-2010 review: Mixed impression at Meno A Kwena
GoodGood