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Travel reviews by Dr B from Canada

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

5

Excursions taken

0

A truly amazing Safari

Botswana between 28 Feb 2015 and 9 Mar 2015

Trip rating: Excellent
"This was one of the best holidays I have ever taken, I thank Chloe for the choice of the camps and the itinerary worked brilliantly. i really enjoyed visiting the different types of camp and seeing (if only briefly) the different areas of Botswana. I know I will be back.

Even though I gave some negative comments, I truly believe if Vumbura renews the furnishings and improves their maintenance it will be a Premium camp. The location and wildlife were some of the best on the trip, also the managers were really trying to do their best in a changing situation in the midst of construction.

I don't intend to let the attitude of the managers at the Savute Safari Lodge affect my enjoyment and memories of the time I spent there, I met some interesting and friendly guests at the lodge and saw great wildlife and the third guide OB was one of the better guides of the trip. Travelling as a single person has it's challenges and I know that, it was the unexpected contrast with how I had been treated at the other camps that made it such an unpleasant surprise.

All in all it was a great experience and I would repeat it tomorrow if I had the chance!"

Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp

"A safari like no other"

3 nights Arrived 28 Feb 2015
"After a dry summer there was less wildlife than expected. Good sightings of Orynx, Kori bustards, Steenbok and Springbok with a quick sighting of the elusive honey badger.

Highlight the sleep under the stars, took advantage of this two nights and saw the Milky Way rotating over head. The main lodge is comfortable with a small bird bath and water hole in the distance so in between meals and game drives it’s an inviting place to hang out."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains

"Outstanding sightings at Vumbura Plains"

3 nights Arrived 3 Mar 2015
"Must have been outstanding when it opened now in the “shabby chic” stage. They are beginning to update the camp with a new boardwalk being installed and re-thatching the rooms. This is starting with Vumbura North so the South suffers from partial replacement work and less than optimal conditions. I’m assuming this is in part as the owners were waiting to see if their lease was renewed.

I would say the camp is now in the Classic category rather than Premium. Although the size of the rooms is impressive the fittings are dated and in bad repair (stained cushions, filthy outdoor furniture) and the plunge pool looked like a health hazard, stained and uninviting. It was also curious that at many times (afternoon tea especially) there were more staff than guests, yet when a thunderstorm rolled through it was one of the managers who came round to wind down the blinds (I couldn’t figure out how to do it as the mechanical winder was hidden away) so the room furniture, floors, steps and some of my gear was drenched, luckily nothing irreplaceable.

That said the wildlife is outstanding and our guide Ron was brilliant at finding the lions, we also saw leopard and cheetah as well as wattled cranes and a selection of raptors. Would highly recommend for the wildlife and I am thinking about visiting little Vumbura on a second trip."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Stanley's Camp

Stanley's Camp

"Elephants at Stanley's camp"

2 nights Arrived 6 Mar 2015
"Lovely setting, the rooms are not as private as some of the other camps as they are closer together.

Highlight definitely the morning with the elephant walk, and an evening ride in a mokoro. Wildlife limited however had a great time watching a breeding herd of elephants. The staff and managers were friendly and very helpful, with a great sense of humour, we had a great time. The meals were excellent with varied foods.

The gift shop was the best of the entire trip and it was a pity I was only half way thorough."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Savute Safari Lodge

Savute Safari Lodge

"Mixed experience at Savute Safari Lodge"

3 nights Arrived 8 Mar 2015
"Started off badly, guide who met us (2 Germans and myself) acknowledged the Germans and ignored me. By day 3, I had been passed through 3 guides treated like an inconvenient parcel – I made it very clear I was unimpressed by this treatment and will not recommend the company, Desert and Delta Safaris, or the Lodge to friends and colleagues. I assume it was bad luck that I arrived as a single traveller at that particular time and hopefully others will not suffer my fate. The poor treatment was very surprising as at the previous 3 camps I had been welcomed and treated like any other guest.

The lodge itself and the rooms are excellent and the wildlife around the re-flowing channel varied and interesting. Just a pity about the management and unfriendly staff."
Average
Location
Excellent
Service
Poor
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Xigera Safari Lodge

Xigera Safari Lodge

"Mokoro rides at Xigera"

3 nights Arrived 11 Mar 2015
"Surprisingly low water levels as the summer rainfall was very sparse, resulted in no boat rides however the mokoros could still get through the waterways so a partial water camp.

Must be an excellent location when the waters are high, the wildlife was excellent and we saw the elusive Pell’s fishing owl. I would consider returning to see the lodge in it’s watery version."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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