Splash Camp

Reviews of Splash Camp

Excellent(96%) From 16 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 16 of our travellers who have visited Splash Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs B from Seattle
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A Gem in the Delta

This was the first camp of our Botswana safari, and the best of the three we stayed at in the Delta.

Great staff, great food, outstanding guides, wonderful safari/game viewing experiences and we really enjoyed the boat and mokoro canoe excursions

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Mr P & Ms B from London
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Splash Camp review

As with the other resorts, Splash was outstanding - and newly opened. We really liked it.

One small point: I had to buy some sun-screen. The price ($24) was twice what it should have been. And when I asked whether I could pay by card the exchange rate was pretty poor and I was told a 3% addition would be added. This is not generous and not the way I expect to be treated in such a high-cost resort.

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B & H from Uckfield
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Splendid new camp

Very diverse wildlife and good sightings of Buffalo, Cheetah, Elephant, Hippo, Leopard, Wildebeest, Zebra, Tsessebe, Jackal and Waterbuck. Also saw a Civet on one of night drives but very little else (also arrived back late into camp on all 3 nights and also missed our sundowner!).
As with Lagoon Camp, our driver and tracker tended to spend far too much time searching for a particular animal (1 hour looking for leopard in this instance - on 2 occasions) when we had already had good sightings of it. Then we missed viewing elephants at a waterhole which was the stated intention of this drive at the outset. This detracted from our otherwise extremely good experience at this camp. We stayed in the Enclave section of Splash (4 lodges) which was about a 6 minute walk from the main camp (8 lodges). Breakfast and then after-dinner drinks around the camp-fire was an added bonus.

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Ms M & Ms SP from Canada
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Splash Camp

I have mixed feelings about Splash. We got our closest sightings on lions and leopards. The tracker really made a difference in finding the animals quickly. But we had been spoiled with 4 person drives in the previous two places and 6 felt a bit too many. We clicked with our first 6 but not so much with the later group. I think the place has some teething problems. They tried with the singing before dinner but they need quite a bit more practice.

I didn't enjoy the food as well: I had to be vigilant about my food issues because the servers didn't seem to be aware unlike everywhere else. It was the first time there was much talk about Trump and one of the guests seemed to enjoy being a contrarian. The night drives were just a late return from the afternoon drive but we didn't see anything on either of the two I did (I didn't bother with the third one because it was a late return for no good reason). Our guide complained to us a bit about the tracker keeping the light too high to see anything but he didn't say anything to the tracker. He also told us the grass was too high to see any of the smaller night animals. I suggest they not do night drives if the conditions don't make sense.

We also found out the last day there was a boat option and a walking safari option but they weren't offered to us until the last moment. I suspect there was a work/customer distribution problem and trying to maximize number of people per vehicle. As I say teething problems. We had already had 3 boat trips by this point (one from Okuti to Splash) so we didn't need another one but I had been hoping for a walking safari the whole time in Botswana. They seem to want their guides to do everything from walking people to and from cabins to hot water bottles to helping with transport concerns as well as guiding. I think our guide was exhausted.

I also was disappointed that there were no internet opportunities here. When I asked one manager about being able to check in for my flights he said they could phone that through for me. Another manager said it wasn't necessary. As it happened, I wasn't able to check in in Maun for my connecting flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town and we very nearly missed the flight to Cape Town. If I had been able to check in, this would have been handled in a timely way.

Finally, our safari vehicle had a battery problem on Day 2 and needed a boost. But the same thing happened the next day and while we were right next to the leopard family. There was another truck but they drove off and I got nervous. I asked our driver and he made a joke about us being there all day. Then the other truck appeared again. Not a good time for a joke and don't they know that once a battery goes flat you need to replace it?

They didn't seem interested in real feedback. We were all strongly encouraged to sign the guest book but that's not really a place for this kind of feedback.

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Mrs R from Daventry
Arrived on: 15-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A modern camp

The public areas are similar to other camps, with thatch and open sides but I found the rooms too hotel-like. The facilities in the rooms are excellent but I missed the coolness provided by low hanging thatch. The outside shower gives wonderful view of the nearby water and a lion often walked by in the afternoon.

We spent very special time with lion cubs, leopard cubs and wild dog pups. It could not have been better. Also spotted a serval on night drive.

Boat trip nice and calm after all the “extreme off-roading “ with spectacular sunset. Mokoro trip enjoyable too.

Staff and guides very attentive. Altogether a comfortable place to spend a few days.

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Mr J from London
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Guaranteed top wildlife viewing

Splash is a highly polished operation run by Kwara who are experts in the field of wildlife viewing. The standard of the house (yes house) I stayed in was incredible, and felt like it could have survived an encounter with an elephant. The ceilings were very high, everything is made of wood, nothing creaks or bends, and there are high quality fittings everywhere. This is a luxury hotel in the middle of remote wilderness. I had total privacy and far more space than I needed, and a view of a waterhole with resident hippos. The additional outdoor shower is a nice touch for feeling connected with nature.

Every game drive included excellent sightings, with the highlights being a relaxed leopard mother with two very young cubs, a wild dog den, and two close encounters with the two resident male big lions. Herds of buffalo and wildebeest were seen every day, and we were lucky enough to see the cheetah. The encounters with the elephant were unique - the family groups were defensive and the males were eager to see us off, which taught us a lot about their behaviour and body language. Highly recommended if you want to see what an irritated elephant looks like.

The Kwara concession is HUGE and extremely game rich, and the atmosphere on the mokoro and boat trips is great as it's deep in the heart of the Okavango. There was lots of time spent travelling and enjoying the scenery, as although there are lots of animals about they are very spaced apart.

Camp staff were very friendly and welcoming, food was varied and delicious. The camp itself felt a bit crowded at times with groups of 20+ including the staff, but the game drives were always very personal and had no competition for game viewing as this is a private and very large concession with viewing rules. This isn't a great camp for night drives or walking safaris because of the concession size and density of the plant life which makes tracking very hard, and because of the unpredictable nature of the particular elephants here preventing a safety risk. Walking safaris for examining the ecosystem and smaller animals would work, but you're not going to get any great big game viewings on foot.

Highlights include atmosphere near the water, close encounters with hippos, and the quality of the lodgings. The sheer number of elephant families, hippo families and giraffes was also great, and only possible in a top safari camp like this.

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