3 independent reviews for Botswana safari and wild camping

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review 11 Oct 2019

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

Seeing a leopard kill. Being chased by a hippo. All the amazing animals up close. Our fabulous guide Farai and his cooking!! Kenny our driver and guide - great driving skills! Ronald our guide who put up our tents before we arrived at a new camp.

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

Be prepared for anything. Bring lots of wet wipes and a scarf to put around your face when in the jeep - for warmth, to keep the dust and wind out. Be super organised.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely - it created jobs. We were so careful with the environment - no rubbish left, used water sparingly, donated to the sausage tree fund.

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

Amazing!!!! So well-organised and the guides were so professional. Loved the guides and the healthy food.

review 15 Aug 2019

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

There were SO many highlights. Possibly the most memorable part was our 2 night stay in the Okavango Delta. A short but amazing helicopter flight over the delta (optional, at extra cost) gave us the perfect overview before our mekoro (poled canoe) journey to the island, where the so-called basic facilities proved quite reasonable. No squatting, but a loo with a view and a shower with water heated over the fire! We had 2 pleasant walks with good wildlife viewing, a beautiful sunset mekoro trip, and the company of a hippo munching its way through the night on the grass by the adjacent pool. It was in the pool in the morning, before we left, but climbed out before we needed to travel past it. Traveling by mekoro must be the most peaceful and relaxing way to travel!

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

We didn't find the mattresses supplied sufficiently comfortable, so purchased self-inflating mattresses at the first opportunity (in Swakopmund). If you aren't used to very hard beds, I'd recommend making space for them in your luggage! The roads in Namibia and Botswana were so rough that they caused our 5 litre water bottles to spring leaks. Maybe the amount of plastic in the bottles has been reduced! We also invested in a folding water container in Swakopmund.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We ate in local restaurants, shopped locally and directly paid the people poling the mekoros.

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

Absolutely wonderful. The only changes I would make to the vacation would be for the company to provide drinking water (to obviate the need for lots of disposable plastic bottles) and for there to be airplane style overhead lockable storage in the vehicle so clients would not needs to carry their backpacks around when otherwise they were not needed.

review 27 Aug 2019

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

being in direct contact with nature and wildlife, amazing skies, great sightings, relaxed atmostphere, very knowledgeable guides, excellent food prepared by our guide

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

read carefully the instructions sent by the operator and then let yourselves get carried away

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

no recycling of waste during wild camping

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

I think the operator should better check that all participants are fit for this kind of trip. We had an 83 yo traveling solo in the group, walking with sticks. While I admire her for her adventurous character, she was not able to put up her tent and take it down nor could she participate in the other chores so it was an additional burden for all of us. Whats more, on the first day, she got badly bruised climbing into the 4x4 vehicle, we had to take her to a doctor which delayed us and caused us to miss one game drive in Moremi game reserve...

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Rachel, thank you for your comments. On this trip when wild camping we have to take everything in and out of the park with limited space in the vehicle and trailer. Recycling on the spot is not always doable. We do however request the guides to drop the refuse at a re-cycling dump in a village on the way out of the parks. Our company does not discriminate against age. All clients that are over the age of 65 are required to submit a medical certificate from a Doctor stating that they are fit to travel. This client did have such a declaration and was fit to travel.

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