Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs CP from Henley


Great visit to Botswana

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 2-May-2015 and 17-May-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was a great trip, with many good points and highlights.

We loved the Kalahari - the size, space, remoteness and sense of peace, and were very impressed at the amount game there - big herds of springbok and oryx. The Delta was special - the sense of peace, and the colours. The game was great - big herds of elephant, plus giraffe, Kudu, Oryx, Impala. We got very lucky and saw 4 adult leopard and 3 cubs over the course of the trip, plus lion hunting buffalo (unsuccessfully!).

The people are delightful - warm, relaxed and friendly, and of course the quality of guiding is very good.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kalahari Plains Camp, Botswana
3-May-2015 review: Very nice camp in a great location.
ExcellentExcellent
Tubu Tree Camp, Botswana
7-May-2015 review: Great sighting of leopard
ExcellentExcellent
Savute Safari Lodge, Botswana
10-May-2015 review: Leopards and Elephants at Savuti
ExcellentExcellent
Ntwala Island Lodge, Namibia
13-May-2015 review: Great location
GoodGood

My Sep 2012 trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 30-Sep-2012 and 13-Oct-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Overall - a great trip. Highlights for us were the country and the animials. It was great to be back in Africa and the bush!

We loved the size, space and sheer amount of unspoilt and pristine wilderness in Botswana. The sightings of animals were very good and we got physically closer to the animals (about 10 feet away) in Botswana than on previous trips to Namibia and Tanzania. It was a pleasant surprise to see so much water (we were around the Delta area) in the dry season.

Sightings included 4 packs of wild dog - 2 at Little Kwara, where we saw 1 pack hunt and kill 2 impala. 2 other packs at Lebala including a sighting on foot - amazing. Also 2 unsuccessful attempts to hunt impala - the dogs chased the impala into the lake! Other hightlights were seeing large herd of elephant (30 - 40) at Lagoon and Lebala), cheetah (2 sets of 3 brothers at Little Kwara and Lagoon) and leopard (1 female at Lagoon and 1 female at Lebala). Lions at Little Kwara and Lagoon. Plus a lot of antelope, including sable, impala, birds, bufalo and wildebeest.

The animals were well fed (end of the dry season) and relaxed. The guides all gave the animals space and respect, which gave us great sightings without disturbing the animals. Having been on safari in other countries where the guides give the animals less space and respect, we appreciated the African style of guiding more on this trip.


I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
5-Oct-2012 review: Lagoon Camp review
GoodGood