Reviews of Edo's Camp
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Edo's Camp is really
This is a remote Camp with more traditional, perhaps "rustic" tented lodges and guest area situated right beside a large, natural water hole that has reasonable wildlife viewing and good bird viewing. A resident African Fish Eagle was my favourite.
The "tents" are very comfortable with all facilities although to some the use of lanterns to supplement the limited powered lighting might be a little basic - but for me it really works. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting on my deck watching the movements around the water hole and generally being in the Kalahari!
Andy and Charlcie are hands on Managers who are involved with making everything work for their guests. We were the only people in camp during our stay so may have been a little spoilt but they were excellent company and did everything they could to make an excellent stay. All meals were served in the separate dining/lounge area and the combination of buffet breakfast and "light" buffet lunch was really good and well backed up with quality main courses. You don't go hungry here.
Edo's is very comfortable now but is in the process of having a lot of upgrading work done. At the moment this is focussing on infrastructure and behind the scenes services and will shortly move towards upgrading tents and stone lodges. For example, the swimming pool was being upgraded and although it was too cold to have been used on this visit it would be essential in the hotter weather - and it will be ready for the season.
Andy and Charlcie have great plans to upgrade all the facilities and I really enjoyed being part of their enthusiasm for a few days and I am confident that everything that they do will be done in a way that retains the "basic" charm of this excellent safari camp.
The actual wildlife viewing is actually pretty hard work because the vegetation is quite dense and most animals are nervous of vehicles and disappear quickly. However, this is a place to see White Rhino and we did have many excellent and close up sightings and it is clearly a destination to go to see this endangered species.
The nature walk was actually quite fun and I tasted a Sour Plum (yes it is!) and a Bush Potato (texture a bit like a pear) and there are several good water holes and pans which are good places to sit and watch the world go by.
It is a bit of a trek to get to Edo's from Maun. We flew in via Mack Air and they were on time and smooth but for many itineraries it is a little out of the way - but it is worth it!
Edo's Camp Review
We have given this camo 'excellent' as we had such good experiences here. Although the accommodation was slightly rougher than elsewhere, we couldn't have been made more welcome. By this time there were only 3 of our group, and, as it turned out, the only 3 on camp!
The managers - Charlcie and Andy were so pleasant - we felt that we were staying at a friends' house. They are both passionate about their work. Charlcie is involved administratively with the local pre-school (which we visited - amazing!) whilst Andy, who is the son of the founder of the school, does the camp stuff.
The wildlife is limited but we did see 11 rhinos on one afternoon game drive! - apparently, that's a record! Incidentally, there is now no rhino tracking on foot - in fact, a lot of the information on your website is out of date and needs to be reviewed.
The food was brilliant - mostly home grown and well cooked, due probably to the fact that Charlcie and Andy are of mixed European origin. The meals were presented buffet style which suits everyone.
During conversations with them, we were told that they felt that the previous managers had let the camp deteriorate to quite a large degree, and they are both working so hard to bring it up to a good level. We do feel that with a little more upgrading of the electricity supply to the tents and the floodlit water hole (which wasn't) plus some guide training this could become an excellent and interesting camp.
Edo's Camp review
We should have been informed that this camp is NOT considered to be accessible in a two wheel drive vehicle. Having said that we did make it up the 7 kilometre road though much to the astonishment of the manager. We had to be escorted out by five guys who could push us if we got stuck in the sand.
The camp informs me that they arrange a pick-up of people in two wheel drive vehicles - if informed. If driving a 4 wheel you should inform your customers of the route that needs to be taken (right fork at entrance) and proceed through the school premises (which is locked at weekends) and that they will need to get someone to unlock the gates to the reserve.
Food was not great - seems like very few people stay at this camp as we had it to ourselves for two days. But at least we saw rhino - even if they were treated like pets.
Rhino Tracking Adventure
Scary drive from the road - had we known the road was so sandy and with sharp stones we would have rung ahead and arranged to be met - they would have been quite happy to do this.
Good food, lovely acommodation, friendly people-learned a lot - the rhino here are magnificent and we seemed to see quite a few
An absolutely brilliant experience - would recommend a visit here to anyone wanting to see rhino.
The waterhole round which our tent was sited was busy all the time - although we went out on drives we could have just stayed there and let the wild life come to us.
Tracking rhino on foot!
The best of the tented camps we visited ~ clean, tidy and just about everything thought of. Overlooked waterhole with plenty of game including eleven rhino. The food was good.
Activities included tracking rhino on foot and visiting a real (not Disneyfied) San village. Managed by a young couple, but she is expecting in April and we wonder what might happen then.
What a great time!!
Edo's was a wonderful experience and we hope to go back in the next few years!!
Izelle is just wonderful - so intuitive and a nuturing person. What a natural, charismatice asst. director and guide!! At first Stephan seemed a little brusque, with fairly poor social skills. But as he relaxed, he IS quite young, he showed great knowledge and caring for Edo's Camp, the local people and animal/bird life.
We ended our trip really appreciating Stephan and his many skills!!! We hope he is given the oportunity to travel outside of Botswana so that he rounds out his (very few) rough edges. He has the making of a very memorable camp director!!
I think Edo's should work on their food; especially the cooking of vegetables and the presentation.