Reviews of Footsteps Across the Delta
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A great contrast to be in the real wild and on foot. Guide Andrew was exceptionally good.
We had a great time, exceeded expectations. We were particularly impressed by all the camp staff at Shinde and Footsteps.
Our guide Andrew Harkness at Footsteps was exceptional and I now have met a lot of good guides over the years. We were privileged to be the only guests at camp so it was even more special.
Some small criticisms that really are suggestions in possibly advising future guests.
The camp at Footsteps was a little more basic than my wife had expected...the drop loo lacked a certain style compared to other bush thunder-boxes and did not feel particularly safe to visit at night. A battery powered light as on the shower would be a good idea and more carefully secured awnings helpful. The walks were wonderful.
Footsteps is a rare gem of a place. The camp manager / guide Paul was the best guide and host we experienced and the food at footsteps is miraculous when you see the "bush kitchen" its prepared in. If you want to get up close with Africa and can live with a long drop toilet for a couple of days then this place has to be top of the list of anyones visit.
Whilst you don't see as much game on foot as you do in a vehicle. There really is nothing like several hours of walking in the African bush with just the sound of your footsteps and the workd around you for company. We had excellent game sightings at other camps of the more glamorous and famous game. However, I shan't ever forget walking across Pauls pan in the setting sun with elephants, impala and Giraffe in view. Then being followed by a journey of Giraffes for an hour or so before finding our sundowners set-up at four rivers (quite the most beautiful spot of the whole tri).
Our stay was topped off after being mock charged by an elephant in the camp itself.
Words don't really convey the feeling at footsteps, its Africa with all its beauty and rawness there for guests to experience and I hope it never changes.
Raelly enjoyed it with an interesting guide. Nice to walk
You learn more walking than driving
Great Bush memories at Footsteps
For our third camp in Botswana ( 2 nights) we wanted the 'bush experience' with hurricane lamps, no electricity ( solar generator for battery re-charging), drop toliets and bag showers. As well as the opportunity just to walk from the camp and see nature from a metre rather than the back of a safari vehicle. We were not disappointed with the experience.
Finding the full skeleton of an elephant on the morning bush walk was an education. Seeing hundreds of carmine bee eaters leaving their ground nests, following a 2.5 metre python ( what a beautiful creature) into the base of an old tree were also very memorable. Going the opposite way to a black mamba was sensible! Seeing the male and female leopard on our return to the air strip was also very special.
We were amazed by the quaility and variety of the food on offer at the meal times, especially given the bush kitchen location. We needed the walks to lose the calories the camp was piling on us ! Home made bread and cakes, freshly made mushroom soup, quail casserole, chicken madras ,etc etc. Hot water delivered to your tent side bowl morning and evening. Hot water for the bucket shower on demand.
Sitting by the bush fire with a cold drink ( and yes they could even produce ice cubes) listening to the night sounds. Terrific !
Travel light as possible - like most camps there is a daily laundry service.
Highly recommended as a contrast to the ' more pampered bush experiences'
Walking is by far the best activity at the camp. Game drives were good and educational. Not the best location we had seen for mokoro.
Great walks with TT.
Fantastic sundowner by a lagoon with 10 hippos.
Amazingly luxurious when considering the basic basic set-up as remote camp outside of basic infrastructure. Food was excellent, service very good. The most important for us: the manager and leading guide TT and his assistant guide Aubrey were super-good, skilled and very knowledgeable – and most intelligent and entertaining dinner company, too. We had so good time there, that we really do miss the place already.
On our walks we encountered situations that really test the skills of the guides: black mamba crossing our path just in two meters, 5 male lions sighting us behind the grass in just 20 meters and some more. Even in such extreme situations everything our guides told us and how they reacted and managed the situations confirmed: perfect professionals!
We were sorry to leave the Footsteps! We loved every minute there and could have spent few more days. This is Africa as we like it.
Fantastic, most remote, great for walking
Great walking, superb knowlegeable guide in Titi, amazing food despite the remoteness, the mokoro trips can bring you VERY close to the hippos, but walking towards the roaring lions with Titi's expert guidance was the highlight.Read more about the whole safari
This was what we wanted - a remote small camp with the opportunity to walk, and some very congenial company who were also into walking.
We were amazed at the ingenuity and skill of the staff in creating amazing meals and hot showers from charcoal pits in the ground. The camp needs to make it clear - as you did to us - that it is a specialised walking place, where you'd be lucky to see big game (one of our co-guests would have been much happier at neighbouring Shinde).
The guides were again very knowledgeable and helpful, though a bit more distant than Lagoon. We found Ker and Downey camps in general somewhat more formal, and a bit more inflexible, than Kwando. But a great experience.
No tea served at 5.30 allowing us time to struggle out of bed, wash and get to breakfast at 6.00. This camp was the only camp to serve porridge for breakfast. Other camps should take note!
Again food superb. The sightings were wonderful. Guide was amazed at number of sightings we saw over the two days, for instance we saw 4 different prides of lion in two days.
On way to airstrip we even saw leopard turtle to which the the guide exclaimed that we must have seen nearly everything available. We even saw a family of aard-wolf with puppies which was a first for the guide as well! Great place.
This was magic, best place of all the camps, small tents, close to nature. Great company from the staff and atmosphere. Only problem with walking safari's is the long wait after the morning walk before the evening walk.
This felt like camping in the bush but with the great food and wine.