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Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs D from W Sussex

Review Distribution

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

0

Our trip was very enjoyable and fun.

Botswana and 1 other country between 15 Sep 2012 and 29 Sep 2012

Trip rating: Excellent
"We had a good mix with first the Ichobezi House Boat to unwind after the flight out and in a brilliant area on the Chobe River and then three nights in two different camps, Saile and Kwara, with early morning game drives and early evening drives or boat trips.

To end up with three nights on the Islands of Siankaba was a great idea to relax in comfort to end the holiday.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

As I have said above I think alternatives to flying to Johannesburg and then one and a half hours back to Botswana/Caprivi Strip/Zambia shouid be considered such as Lusaka.

Overall it was well organised and everything happend as planned.

A great holiday and thanks."

Arranged By Maruska Adye-Rowe


Chobe Princesses

Chobe Princesses

"Ichobezi Houseboat on the Chobe River"

3 nights Arrived 16 Sep 2012
"This was a very good way to start our holiday with a relaxed routine on the house boat and in the excursions by the small boats.

A very successful fishing expedition in the river near Kasane.

The staff were excellent. Parish and John as the guides operating the boats with Ernest in charge and Vincent the chef.

When in the small boats you get a very different view of the wild life along the river banks than from the house boat or from a vehicle on land."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Saile Tented Camp

Saile Tented Camp

"Great setting for this small camp."

3 nights Arrived 19 Sep 2012
"A small tented camp with bucket showers and a flush loo set on the river bank with abundant wild life a lot of which shares the camp with baboons around during the day and two lions walking through the camp at night and roaring outside the tent at 0300 two nights in a row. Amazing what some people will sleep through..

Arrival by small aircraft to a small bumpy airstrip was an exciting start.

The area for game drives was very dry and with many elephants the trees were being devastated.

We did one evening boat trip which seemed to be a token event as we saw little and could well have been missed out. It was felt that the main camp, which was 40 minutes away, had prior claim on the use of the boats.

Staff were excellent. Dennis the guide, Jane who served at table and provided drinks and cold towells with three other staff who togethre made up a greeting and farewell choir.

On departure there was a mechanical problem with the aircraft and we were delayed two hours as it had to return to Kasane to be fixed and the time for departure was changed three times. This meant we sat at the airstrip for about an hour."
Excellent
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Kwara Camp

Kwara Camp

"Kawara is in a great setting by a lagoon."

3 nights Arrived 22 Sep 2012
"Quite a large camp which is spread out along the bank of the lagoon and a lot of the wild life comes in to camp particularly the baboons who will get on to the tents and into them if the access (sliding doors) is not properly secured. The showers are open air at the rear of the tents and the baboons get in there. Elephant were in the camp around the central area which was interesting at 20 feet.

Guide was George who was very knowledgeable and competent. There was lots of game in the area with lions, and cheetahs being the high lights though we felt that too much pressure was put on some of the lions when they were on the move with up to three vehicles following them and over taking them and stopping in front of them.

An evening boat visit to a heronry was an excellent excursion.

The food was disappointing and it was put out when the first vehicle arrived back at camp and left out until the last vehicle got back which could be an hour and a half as the priority was game drives.

Each tent had a gas driven hot water system which required careful manipulation to get a hot shower but half the holes in the shower head were blocked with scale which crerated a back pressure which tripped the hot water syatem"
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Poor
Facilities
Good
Islands of Siankaba

Islands of Siankaba

"Siankaba is a great way too end your holiday."

3 nights Arrived 25 Sep 2012
"We wanted a relaxing few days to end our holiday and the Islands of Siankaba was a brilliant choice.

Run by Bret and Clare with Mellindi, who runs the local pre-school supported by the lodge, in close support. The staff were excellent and looked after us well in a friendly atmosphere and this visit was all we hoped it would be.

Highlight was the visit to the pre-school and as it was my birthday having 'Happy Birthday' sung to me by forty small children.

Being out on the river for sunset and fishing was highly enjoyable if not very successful.

We visited the Victoria falls (45 minute drive) and having seem the falls from the Zimbabwe side some years ago at the same time of the year the view from the Zambian side was disappointing as the eastern cataract is dry in September. It may take more time but going to the Zimbabwe side might be preferable."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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