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Travel reviews by Mrs R from Sandy

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

5

Excursions taken

0

Overall

Botswana and 1 other country between 8 Sep 2007 and 19 Sep 2007

Trip rating: Excellent
"The best part was the variety of wildlife - hard to beat.
Travel at times rather hot and tiring but just had to be got through!

People on the whole were lovely and guides very good.
We would go back to Botswana again, maybe to other camps."

Arranged By Maruska Adye-Rowe


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Southern Sun OR Tambo, South Africa (this camp has since closed)

"Southern Sun Jburg stopover"

1 night Arrived 9 Sep 2007
"Rooms very comfortable, I was able to check in earlier than normal which was very welcome after a long flight.

Food and drinks and service all fine.

Only small difficulty with all the building work at the airport in finding the shuttle bus stop as the signage temporary and confusing"
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Linyanti Bush Camp

Linyanti Bush Camp

"Linyanti Camp"

2 nights Arrived 10 Sep 2007
"Staff very friendly and a genuine welcome (cold wet face towels very nice to arrive to after each game drive!), food very good, guides very knowledgable. Tents and beds very comfy, lovely duvets for when it got chilly at night.

Amazing setting and wonderful bird sightings. Enjoyed seeing many species (lots of elephants- 60+, zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, buffalo 300+, african wildcat, baboon, warthog) including a rare sighting of an aardvark on a night drive. Tracks are very bumpy so worth knowing if you do suffer from a dodgy back.

All in all a wonderful spot, Mopane woodlands reminded me of beech woods -very beautiful.

Small no. of other guests made it a very personal stay.

It would be a good idea to give prospective guests an idea of how far it is from the nearest airstrip ie about 1.5 hours. If I had been travelling there direct from UK that same day it would have been really tiring as it was a bumpy drive. Just travelling that day from J'burg after 2 planes trips already was quite enough!"
Excellent
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Shinde Camp

Shinde Camp

"Shinde Camp"

2 nights Arrived 12 Sep 2007
"Wonderful location, very attractive raised dining areas and tents with raised outdoor deck were very nice. Food fine. Some very good wildlife sightings including lots of hippos in a pool at dusk, lions stalking buffalo, resident genit(!) and an amazing sight of a sitatunga just caught by a huge croc and being held under (even our guide BT had seen nothing like this before). Slightly larger camp 16 guests so felt busier.

Only one adverse comment and that was the staff in charge, Rian and Winnie. Their hospitality felt quite "forced" and we felt rather regimented. On arrival after a hot trip what I most wanted was a cold drink and the loo! I did not appreciate a long talk about Ker and Downey and their other camps - all too much "marketing"!

On our last day the time of transfer changed 3 times - as it was originally going to be at 10 so we decided to forego a early game drive and relax and catch up a bit, when it changed to a later time we were made to feel it was somehow inconvenient for THEM for us to be still there.

Other guests also felt they were not the most skilled hosts so I would have some reservations about recommending what is otherwise a great place."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Footsteps across the Delta

Footsteps across the Delta

"Walking at Footsteps"

2 nights Arrived 14 Sep 2007
"A wonderful experience, great guides who made you feel quite dafe. I was a bit nervous at times as there were clearly lions around but felt well looked after.

Most surreal moment was having a shower out of doors in the dark with the hippos grunting in their pool jsut a few yards away.

Tents are not as luxurious as other camps but we had expected that.

What I would say about the walking for guests to be aware of is that although not a "route march" it is quite tiring walking through very sandy terrain after several hours as the day heats up. There are frequent stops though. A really different and worthwhile part of our trip, seeing animals on foot."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Average
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Avani Victoria Falls

Avani Victoria Falls

"Vic Falls"

2 nights Arrived 16 Sep 2007
"I think anywhere would be a difficult act to follow after the bush so while the hotel was fine it felt very busy and noisy after the previous week.

Quite odd to bump into semi tame zebra around the hotel grounds after the previous week too!

Enjoyed seeing the Falls but be aware for a good view you need to traverse the border to Zimbabwe. Cost $55 per person for Visas and the customs formalities and hassle of street sellers are best avoided by having a guided tour another $55 per person."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent

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