Travel reviews by AS. from Northwood
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Botswana and 1 other country between 27 May 2019 and 6 Jun 2019
It was much colder at night (between about 5.30 pm and 9.00 am) than we had expected. We just about had enough warm clothing, and the hot-water bottles were very welcome on both morning drives and for the night.
At Gomoti and Splash, we found the timing of evening drives, from 4.00 to 7.30, and dinner at 8.00 more difficult than at Shinde, where dinner was at 7.30. With the former, the wake--up call at 6.00 am seemed to come round too quickly.
Tipping: Your guidelines were clear and we followed them. But we were concerned that we did not see anyone else tipping their guides when they said their goodbyes. Perhaps they were very discreet, although we think not. Do some companies include the tipping in their prices, or are the guides not getting the tips which are an important part of their income?
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
Megan was very helpful, including about aspects of our longer trip which were not her responsibility. We felt reassured that she was available to help as and when needed."
We are thrilled that these travellers had a great trip overall. As far as we understand, companies don't tip in advance for their clients. As far as we know, that's not done and the camp staff are paid a decent living wage at the places we feature, so tips are a useful and appreciated addition - but shouldn't be a necessity for living. We expect that perhaps the other travellers were discreet when giving any tips. It may have been done in camp, through the manager or perhaps when nobody was looking?
Arranged By Megan Green
Victoria Falls Hotel
"Splendid hotel near the Falls"
"Beautiful site by the lagoon."
Gomoti Plains Camp
"Well-run camp in attractive setting"