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Travel reviews by Ms C from Wiltshire

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

5

Excursions taken

0

A wonderful holiday

Botswana and 1 other country between 19 Sep 2013 and 6 Oct 2013

Trip rating: Excellent
"It was a special trip - not the cheapest, but something we'd always wanted to do, and it didn't disappoint."

Arranged By Megan Green


Toka Leya Camp

Toka Leya Camp

"Toka Leya review"

2 nights Arrived 20 Sep 2013
"Great location, very comfortable rooms, friendly service and good food. As we had hoped, this was a good place to acclimatise to Africa before heading to the bush.

Game drives were comparatively 'tame' although we enjoyed the walking safari to the white rhino project. Boats trips on the Zambezi were fun, and of course Vic Falls was very impressive, even though not much water at this time of year.

Good place to spend a couple of days."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Lebala Camp

Lebala Camp

"Brilliant game viewing at Lebala"

3 nights Arrived 22 Sep 2013
"Lebala is a very well run camp with Charles running it in a very professional but friendly way. Our room was huge and comfortable but the common areas less smart - but this didn't matter as all the staff seemed genuinely pleased to help and the food was a good mix of local and 'international' cuisine.

Our guide and tracker for the three days were Patna and Shoes: both excellent, listened to what we were interested in and found an amazing amount of game with leopard, cheetah and wild dogs being the mammal highlights. Also identified lots of birds as requested. We asked for an aardvark - and Shoes found one, only for it to disappear down its hole before any of us saw it!

The only one of our camps to use trackers, and as a result the one with the best game. Mark got a birthday cake and a song! And please pass on our thanks for forwarding the adaptor we left behind, which arrived later by personal delivery on our plane to Kanana!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Shinde Camp

Shinde Camp

"Not the best time to be at Shinde?"

3 nights Arrived 25 Sep 2013
"I have rated this camp as good, as it probably is compared to many places, but it was our most disappointing camp on this trip. The common areas were impressive, but our room was small and dark, under a tree that constantly shed stuff onto the canvas so it sounded like it was raining! Sounds like others had better rooms.

No-one was in overall charge; there were 3 young trainee managers who were all very polite but didn't always respond to requests. The wild life was mixed: not much to see on the boat trips and the game drives had been affected by a large bush fire three months ago - this meant no small mammals but easy to see the big game without the normal long grass.

But the main problem was our guide - he seemed grumpy and it felt like he didn't want to be doing the job. We tried hard to make a connection with him, but it was difficult and we certainly didn't feel looked after, as we did in the other 2 camps. But we enjoyed the company of other guests and the plentiful good food!"
Good
Location
Good
Service
Average
Activities
Average
Rooms
Average
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Kanana

Kanana

"Another very well run camp at Kanana"

3 nights Arrived 28 Sep 2013
"This was another excellent camp: run by Mark and Georgi, we really enjoyed it. Our room was large and comfortable, and the common areas of a good standard. The food was a highlight, the best of the three camps we visited, although all were good.

Our guide Kenny was great - very knowledgable and willing to find what we were interested in - including stopping a game drive to take us out on the boat to see Pels fishing owl, when it had been spotted. Water trips were very good, especially to the heronry.

We were there on Botswana independence day, so we were treated to the national anthem (twice! - second time with us singing from a sheet!), a wonderful dinner, and a moving speech by Aubrey (another guide) on his pride in his country. A good mix of game, birds, lovely camp, great people."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
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Jardin D'Ebene, Cape Town

"Jardin D'Ebene - great B&B in Cape Town"

5 nights Arrived 1 Oct 2013
"We were pleasantly surprised by this guest house. Not our first choice but it was hard to fault: great location, recently taken over by a very pleasant German couple. Roland was extremely helpful, sorting out things we wanted to do, and Noah and Christopher made us feel very welcome and that nothing was too much trouble.

Lots of good restaurants and bars within safe walking distance. We upgraded to a bigger room as we were there for 5 nights, which was definitely worth it. Good sized room with huge bathroom (the Buffalo room). Breakfasts were enormous and interesting! The only suggestion would be to offer tea and coffee making facilities either in the room or in the common areas: it would have been good to make a cuppa when coming back in the afternoon or evening."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent

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