Reviews of Chindeni
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Large comfortable cabins on the water and we could watch animals coming to drink. Good food. Some great morning walks and an exciting night drive where we saw 3 lions, a leopard, and 6 hyenas. We had a great cook to order stir fry braai one evening down by the water.
One sugestion to the owners: We would have liked chairs on the deck instead of hammocks as we like to sit outside and write and also to watch the birds through binnoculars and found the hammock quite awkward for this.
Slightly disappointed at Chindeni
Chindeni has just had a makeover which we felt had focused on style to the detriment of practicality. We would have preferred comfortable chairs on the veranda, a lot of the guests must be too old for hammocks. In the public area, there were just 4 comfortable chairs, the rest of the new furniture consisting of low chairs & very low stools, difficult to get out of. Given that many guests are over 50, we thought this impractical.
We enjoyed the morning walks at Chindeni but we were not impressed with the evening game drives. We covered the same ground every evening until well after 8pm & were unlucky in that we saw little game. Consequently, dinner was quite late & could not be really appreciated. We were also suprised that there were 7 guests in camp when we had expected a maximum of 6. This was too many for a walk, we were at the back & could not hear the guide & there were too many in the Land Rover.
On a positive note, Chindeni is in a stunning location & James, the manager, did an excellent job with hospitality. The food was the best of all the camps that we visited and we had plenty of fresh fruit, salads & vegetables.
A beautiful situation and very smart bushcamp
We hadn't expected such luxurious accommodation, but we enjoyed every minute of it!
Manager James was a good host, our walks well led by Peter, and all the staff were most friendly. We really enjoyed the special touch of an intimate dining experience on our own deck. The food was excellent, varied and imaginative.
The lack of screening of the bathroom did not trouble us, but it could be a problem with others sharing a room.
A new camp in a great location
This camp was a great location, watching the animals and birds from our verandah was great. The hippo who was the landing strip for birds and crocs was quite a site. The new tents were extremely comfortable.
It had only reponed after refurbishment in August and it still felt that there were a few teething issues. Compared to the others the food was not as good and the guide was a little rushed. He seemed to be tryng to find things rather than take time to enjoy the scene. However the Crimson Bee Eaters were amazing.
breathtaking rooms at chindeni
we arrived at camp still buzzing from the beatiful leopard sighting on the drive down from mfuwe ,after cold drinks and towels we were shown to our tents if you could call them tents because these rooms are fantastic spacious airy all facing a lagoon with resident hippos cros and a constant stream of animals and birds coming down to the water
the game viewing was very good with excellent lion leopard and honeybadger sightings plus all the other animals and birds. we just thought the guide peter was a bit cautious and by the book on the walks which is great if you havent been but if you have you got the feeling youd heard it all before having said that we do realise that he has to cater for all guests and writing this with the knowledge of what was to come perhaps were being a little unfair so sorry peter your still a great guide who gave us some great sightings
while people will no doubt go away from here raving about the rooms we feel the real star of the show was ed the camp manager a real friendly person great round camp and at meal times he makes all guests feel right at home if he dosnt mind us saying so a hugh grant type who people carnt help but like and want to return to spend some time with a great asset to the company thank you ed for making us feel so welcome