Reviews of Splash Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
38 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Splash Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Splash Camp review"
The only people at Splash that got to know us a little was the guide. At all the other camps, I knew at least 3 people by their name. This camp didn't have any service that made you feel special.
The room seemed dirty. There were lots of spiders and "things" in the room. I realize that I'm in the bush in Botswana and there are bugs; however, they didn't seem to make any effort to clean or remove them. The outdoor shower was dirty every day. There was baboon poop that wasn't cleaned from one day to the next without me asking. This isn't something that I should have to do. Best part of the room is that the lighting was actually decent. I'm really finding it hard to say something nice about the room.
This camp had the set up of "tracker" sitting on the front of the truck and "guide" sitting in the truck driving. We often couldn't hear the tracker because he was so far away. The driver and tracker would be talking nearly the entire day about who knows what and it was really annoying. They did a fair job in tracking; however, the other camps did as well and only needed one person that would speak with us. I think the guide/tracker combination is truly unnecessary. The two people tracking at Splash didn't do as good of a job as the single guide at the other two camps.
The guides attitude towards the elephants was a bit of a turn off as well. He would accelerate towards the elephants in most situations to make them move. At the other camps, the guides would approach, wait for them to move and then proceed. That being said, we did see a lot of really cool things at Splash. Despite this, I wouldn't return or recommend this camp to anyone." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"Great wildlife and guides"
Staff were so friendly, and i loved it that the guides at dinner with us at the long table set for all guests." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia; 3n in Botswana
"the best for game viewing"
this camp had a more regimented feel than the previous ones. we were told the single, long dining table was so guests would mix with and chat with other guests. however, we were directed to seating with the same people who we travelled with during the day, so no opportunity for real mixing.
our guide was excellent but not the same laid back temperment of our other guides. we did, however, see more at this camp than any of the others. also the fact we could travel off road meant we could follow game into the bush. exciting." See all these reviews: 11n in Botswana
"Excellent Game Drives"
However, the rooms’ were very comfortable and were obviously new. They are wooden structures (i think) rather than canvas. The fronts were all netted so that we had a good view.
The staff were all lovely and it was nice that the game drivers joined the guests for meals. The food was good with sufficient choice.
The game drives were excellent and we saw loads of animals. I think it helped that we had a tracker as well as the driver/guide. I also enjoyed the motor boat cruise on the river. It made a peaceful change from bumping around in the jeep. And we still saw lots of elephants and hippos. The jeeps looked quite old (we did get three punctures - although they were not a major problem as the tyres were quickly changed) and again I was surprised given that the camp is new.
Sable Alley was my favourite camp but we saw lots more game at Splash." See all these reviews: 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Nice modern camp in a great concession"
The camp is modern, stylish and efficient rather than luxurious although the manager, Renee, service and staff are very good. The rooms themselves were luxury but the lodge was a little more functional - especially the dining area and the pool area - the dining area needed more soft furnishings as it is a bit refectory style and the pool area needed some cushioned loungers and more shade, not just dappled tree shade - it was 40C and it wasn't enough. One night when the lodge was nearly full (22 guests) it didn't feel exclusive.
The food was excellent - they have a great chef(s) - but the ingredients weren't luxury - e.g. a minced beef pie rather than steak was typical.
One area we thought needed improvement was that all of the guides sit with you at every meal and have to walk you to/from your tents rather than taking turns at this as other camps do - meaning the guides have very little time off.
However, overall we had a great experience and the wildlife and quality of the guide/spotter was excellent. Thank you." See all these reviews: 6n in Zimbabwe; 4n in Botswana
"Great Okavango safaris"
The staff team was not as gelled together as at Lagoon which made the atmosphere a little less relaxed.
The walking safari with Mos and A.T. was terrific, we wish we could have done more of those. The river excursion was memorable too.
Overall the variety of wildlife we saw was excellent. Seeing Secretary Birds, Verraux's Owl, python, Aardwolf, Leopard Tortoise, Spring Hare was wonderful." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Splash Camp review"
Our team seemed to go the extra mile to follow wild dogs and lions hunting. The guides in different vehicles communicated well with each other, alerting and directing their colleagues to interesting sightings. On our last game drive, on the way to the airstrip, we located a lone male lion, a leopard and a cheetah in separate sightings.
The daily formula consisted of morning and afternoon game drives. The latter merged with a night drive for the last hour or so on the way back to camp after dark. We were given the opportunity to undertake a boat safari as far as the Godikwe Lagoon one morning which provided some wonderful bird sightings and a fresh perspective on the location. We were also offered a short mokoro session." See all these reviews: 16n in Botswana; 10n in Zimbabwe
"brilliant time at Splash camp"
The accommodation and facilities were first class as were all the people who looked after us so well." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"great lodge and great sightings"
"Splash Camp review"
The camp has an enthusiastic staff who are very capable at putting on various events, such as the Independence Day celebrations on our second day in camp.
Food and service was first rate, as were the facilities, including a beautiful small pool area
Our guide, "Mr. T", and spotter, "AT", were excellent on our safari drives and allowed us plenty of time for photo opportunities when needed. Highlights of the stay at Splash included an afternoon boat trip in the delta, viewing a pack of wild dogs, which is a rare sight, and an traditional evenings dinner and entertainment to celebrate Bostwana" independence" See all these reviews: 22n in Namibia; 6n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
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