Reviews of Chief's Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
8 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Chief's Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Luxury in the Delta"
Our game drives with Chief, our aptly-named safari guide, were fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable, Chief was able to track down a number of animals allowing us to spot (among other game) lions (male and female), hippos, zebra, giraffes, elephants, hyena, wild African dogs (we felt incredibly lucky to come across a large pack!), and the elusive white rhino!
Back at the lodge, we enjoyed fantastic meals and superb service! The staff was beyond accommodating and incredibly warm and friendly; everyone addressed us by our names and went out of their way to ensure our comfort.
We would not hesitate to stay here again!" See all these reviews: 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Wildlife around every corner!"
Staff attentive without being overbearing, rooms and general areas of highest quality. Although this was undeniably the most luxurious camp we stayed at, it was the guides and the wildlife that set it apart. Our bucket list included the elusive Leopard and the very difficult to see (please be aware you're not very likely everyone warned) African Wild dog, Marian's absolute favourite. With our knowledgeable guide Rex, Christmas came in early and all our wishes came true. We saw dogs every day, in hunting and babysitting mode not at all bothered by our presence.
Think we spotted almost everything Chiefs Island had to offer, including a Serval hunting, except the Carmine Bee-eaters which had already moved on towards Chobe, but think we can forgive them for that. Game drives were relaxed as we stopped often to take in as much as this place could throw at us, very informative and jam packed with animals and birds.
Would thoroughly recommend and would return in a heartbeat." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Chief's Camp review"
Very friendly people (Management, Staff, Guide, Assistence, Helpers and even those always busy but unknown workers.)
[ Ed: This traveller's review of their whole trip is written under Camp Kalahari - it is:"We visited Camp Kalahari, Tau Pan Camp, Sable Alley, Chief´s Camp within 9 days during raining season. The trip as a whole was great and most impressive. Our Group consist of 3 men and 3 women from 56 to 80 years old. The air transport was excellent and even so the Chance to store additional luggage in Maun.
The sequence of different locations was a symbol for rising attraction, comfort, number and variety of animals. In Camp Kalahari we met a family of native bushmen (about 25 people, young and old) who introduced us for more than 2 hours into their way of life. Now we can make fire without matches and lighters, we can hunt with bow and arrow, we will find plants with water in their roots and so on. It was a fundamental experience and we are still deeply impressed.
Then we saw many Lions with their cubs, we saw many Leopards, Cheetahs and impressive big Elephants not only at the horizon but often in almost touching distance,
We will never forget excellent Food and Red wine and last but not least we remember the friendliness of all people. Before landing at home we started already collecting money for our next visit in Botswana.
Thanks a lot, it was a great time." ]" See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"Chief's Camp review"
ALL staff at Chief's were excellent. Much more confident with their roles and client interaction than any other camp we have stayed at. Food was varied and excellent with regular check ups from the Chef & wait staff without being too crowding.
Our guide Carter was by far the best of the trip. We had a few wishes on our list and Carter delivered to a tee. His bush and animal knowledge is second to none.
We saw Hyena, Dogs, Zebra, Giraffes, Elephant, Baboons, Monkeys, Impala, Lechwe, & Warthogs, That was just in camp. On our drives we added all cats and both Black & White Rhino to the list. We wouldn't hesitate to include Chief's Camp on a return agenda." See all these reviews: 14n in Botswana
"Good game viewing"
The setting is beautiful and there is great game viewing. On our last day we saw leopard, cheetah and hyena all within 5 minutes! Our guide was very knowledgeable and keen to impart as much information as possible, not only about the animals and birds but also about the Okovango delta itself.
The food is good and the waiting staff are very keen to please. Dinner in the evening was always served at 8pm, and there wasn't a lot of ambience at the camp.
No information folder of any description in the rooms to explain the routines of the camp, the history, suggested gratuities, "drive" etiquette etc., and there was a TV permanently on in the main reception/sitting room. Lastly, it was difficult to establish who were the "management" at the camp." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana
"Chiefs Camp review"
The highlights were seeing a leopard very close to, the mokoro ride and the elephant rubbing up against the tent.
The low points were not being collected from our room for breakfast (the excuse being the guide didn't think we were awake), not being offered a cooked breakfast or tea or coffee, being delayed by another person who wanted to film the sunrise and no-one answering the radio when assistance was needed in relation to the elephant.
In hindsight we wondered whether our departure for the morning drive was being deliberately delayed to enable the woman employed by Amex to make a video of the safari in Botswana to finish her filming of the sunrise. If this is the case, it is a good example of poor customer service. Trouble is it tainted our view of not only the camp but also the guide." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana
"Great comfort and super game viewing."
The guide, whilst helpful, perhaps lacked the enthusiasm of the Wilderness guides. We appeared to be re-visiting a highlight time and time again. He was not forthcoming with information, yet when asked questions, one always got a reasonable response. I felt, perhaps, he was just a little lazy! The animal wild life in this camp was the most plentiful of any of the camps visited." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
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