Sandibe Safari Lodge

Reviews of Sandibe Safari Lodge

Excellent(94%) From 62 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 62 of our travellers who have visited Sandibe Safari Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms W from Austria
Arrived on: 8-Apr-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sandibe Safari Lodge review

Sandibe has a very nice dining area. Service and food were wonderful. Especially Joshua, the chef, made our stay there a true gourmet experience! The bush dinner as well as the bush lunch at the river were amazing and a great surprise!

Wildlife in the Sandibe area was excellent, we saw cheetah, many leopoards and lions - the focus of the guides was definitely on tracking the cats, even though we kept assuring them that we like relaxed game drives and are also interested in other game and birds. We do appreciate that the guides were working so hard to show us lions and leopards at every game drive in the best position for taking pictures (understanding that many other guests probably put a lot of pressure on the guides in this regard). However, we sometimes felt that the vehicles were destroying a lot of vegetation when offroading and moving so close to animals (lions and leopards) that they felt crowded and moved away.

The manager, Aron, creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere and we enjoyed our stay at Sandibe very much. We were told that the camp will be taken down and rebuilt in the course of next year, with up to 20 new tented chalets. We think that this would be far too many visitors (and cars!) in the area. Wildlife would be affected and the intimate ambiance of the camp would be lost. We believe that 8 chalets are just fine and we would not consider coming back if guest numbers were to be increased.

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The L family from Sweden
Arrived on: 23-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sandibe Safari Lodge review

Great safari and excellent guides. Wildlife was marvellous. We can highly recommend Sandibe.

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Mr & Mrs W from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 17-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Unbelievable game viewing

Saw a fantastic amount of game - Numerous Leopard and Wild Dog sightings when we were often the only vehicle - lions became so passe that we barely bothered to stop.

Camp felt a little dingy and run down but may be due to location right on river.
Staff very friendly and obliging.

What impressed us most was the effort that the management and staff made to vary the evening dining experience - from a bush dinner with full table settings etc to simply moving all the dining tables out under the stars to better enjoy the in camp BBQ

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Mr H from Wickham
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sandibe Safari Lodge review

As I was picked up from the airstrip the guide asked me what I would most like to see. I told him Wild dogs and leopards. Within 5 minutes he had shown me a leopard up a tree - wonderful. Again, the guide and lodge staff were very friendly and helpful.

Numerous lions were seen and another leopard on the last morning's game drive was viewed to round things off nicely.

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Mr H from Sheffield
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sandibe Safari Lodge review

Excellent guide Tsabo

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Mr & Mrs R from Texas, USA
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sandibe- First Class Service, Excellent Game

Skipper, Gift and O.T. were outstanding as was whole staff. Food was excellent and great variety of game.

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safari lovers
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fabulous!!

A very special camp on the edge of the Delta. Wondefully knowledgable, attentive staff, nothing was too much trouble. Having elephants pass through the camp within a few feet of your table is v exciting/special.

Only minor disappointment was that because of water levels and v active hippos, mokoros were not possible. Had we understood that this might be an issue , we might have booked a camp deeper in the Delta, where mokoros are always available. We put this down to our lack of knowlwedge of the Delta even though we had done alot of reading. I suggest that ExpertAfrica makes sure potential clients understand this.

Basically Sandibe is not the right camp if you really want mokoro excursions. (which we did!!). We will just have to go back to the Delta one day !!.

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Mr & Mrs M - West Vancouver
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sandibe Safari Lodge review

We were thrilled with our accommodation and experiences at Sandibe. We have nothing but praise for the staff, the accommodation, the safaris and the whole experience!

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Margo from California
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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the highlight of our trip to Botswana

We just returned from a dream vacation which included 4 nights at Sandibe, our favorite of the three camps we visited in the Delta. We loved the fact that there were no fences; the first afternoon we were there we encountered a mother and young elephant right outside our chalet when we left for tea.

The twice daily game drives were amazing--we saw cheetah, lots of leopards, wild dogs, lions, zebra, elephant, giraffes and more. The fact that they're not in a national park means they can go off-road and get close to the animals, which is great for photography. We felt really pampered by & Beyond's service; camp manager Kate saw to our every need, including trying to help arrange a last minute change in our plans.

We especially enjoyed the night drives, something you also can't do in the national parks. We were there when there was very little moon, and we asked to be taken to somewhere open where we could see the stars. Our guide, Shaka, took us to the airstrip where we saw the night sky in all its African glory--one of the highlights of our trip! Shaka was a fabulous guide and had a great sense of humor. The food was uniformly excellent and we got to sample some local dishes such as papa and kudu.

Definitely a great experience that I would highly recommend to anyone considering a trip to Botswana.

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Expert Africa comments

After this trip, this traveller put together a super photo-album; its a great record of the wildlife seen and the activities experienced. See it here. This link should remain live until about July 2013!

Family M - Phoenix
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fabulous food and romantic cabins

We were so delighted with Sandibe that we spent our first afternoon luxuriating in our cabin instead of going on a game drive. Each and every meal at Sandibe was spectacular. One dinner we had the accompaniment of the staff singers. To have meals in the thatched open-air dining area while watching baboons or vervet monkeys or a wandering male kudu right off the deck made us all shake our heads in awe.

The game viewing was first rate, and our guide, Tsabo, and spotter, Bring, made sure to get us to the action. While watching a pride of lions, Tsabo noticed something moving in the far bush and off we drove. We came upon a leopard !! walking through the brush and finally climbing a tree to drape itself over a branch. Another sighting produced a mother cheetah and her two almost-grown sons.

By the end of our stay, we had seen elephants, giraffes, gnu, buffalo, leopard, lions, cheetah, warthogs, a myriad of bird species, zebra, kudu and even a monitor lizard. I told Tsabo that I would give him a crown if he could find an ostrich. A few twists and turns in the 4x4 vehicle, and we came upon a lone female ostrich. I owe you a crown, Tsabo.

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