3 independent reviews for Okavango Delta safari in Botswana

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review 19 Apr 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing wildlife at really close quarters - the time the leopard strolled through our camp.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take dollars and lots of torch and camera batteries (and a headband mounted torch). Don't be too quick to book tours with the tour operators agent in Zambia. They didn't impress us. Take the Bradt guide to Botswana.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

**** - but only if the friend was able to rough it a bit.

review 21 Oct 2005

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the leopards.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you are aware that the camping is very basic - no mod cons here! Toilet is hole in ground with a plastic chair on top - shower is bucket in tree and this has to do two or three showers! According to the itinerary, Moremi would be full of wildlife which indeed it was. We then went on to Nata and the salt lakes expecting to see a bird sanctuary and vast numbers of birds but there were none! This was because it is the dry season and therefore there was no water to lure the birds - we were all disappointed in this, although the salt lake was very tranquil. If we had known the aforementioned we would have spent more time in Moremi instead and scrapped the visit to Nata.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Am sure that our vacation benefited local people and possibly no impact on the environment as limited time spent in each location and site always left how we found it.

4. Any other comments?

Beware if traveling with South African Airlines - no leg room at all - absolutely awful if on a long haul and we all caught fleas even though the cabin was sprayed with insecticide! Everyone agreed that no way would they travel with that airline again - although service on the plain was good. Overall the vacation was fantastic, wild life great, the food excellent and although no mod cons you soon realise how little we really need to live day to day and how much we take for granted over here. A very satisfying vacation. Would go again.

review 10 Jun 2005

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

It will be very hard to be brief but I will try to do so. Firstly it is very rare to return from a vacation 100% satisfied but in this case we did. The most memorable part of the vacation was the locations of the campsites. Right there in the midst of the wildlife. On warm nights, scented with wild sage, we drifted of to sleep to the sounds of hippo's deep bellied chuckles, lion's roars and elephant's trumpeting. Magical!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

My first tip to other travelers is my only gripe. And this really was the fault of the operator. We were informed that we might be required to pay $60 each for a visa in Zambia, but that no one had ever had to pay it yet. In fact it is always payable and is, at present $65. The lady who met us said she frequently tells the operator this but unfortunately they ignore her. There are very few expenses but tipping is expected and so it is advisable to carry small denomination notes. Dollars, Pula or Sterling are all acceptable. There is little opportunity for changing travelers cheques. We took 30 tennis balls and 4 Frisbees to give to the children we met. Better for them than sweets and much more fun than pencils. To see the huge grins on their faces was wonderful. Travel with an open mind. It was a bit primitive but well worth it to be so close to the wildlife.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Botswanan people were used throughout. Our guide, Mr Fish, was wonderful. His knowledge of, and ability to spot,wildlife was just amazing. We had a chef and two camp helpers, all locals, and all fantastic. We hardly had to lift a finger. Everything possible was done to minimise impact on the environment. The campsites were left entirely litter free and we even stopped to clear up litter left by other people. Great care was taken to ensure that while we enjoyed watching the animals we did not interfere with or annoy them.

4. Any other comments?

How would we rate the vacation? Well it is up there with the best. A bit expensive for basic camping but we appreciate that that keeps the number of tourists down. there is little opportunity to get away from the group so it is essential to try and get on with everyone. I could go on for pages about all the fantastic things we saw and did. I got to swim in the Okavango Delta! How cool is that. The animals were plentiful and all in such good condition. We have safaried in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe but agree that Botswana is far the best. Thank you for recommending this trip.

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