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Holiday review by Mr. Campion

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Date of trip: 17/10/2016
Number of people: 2
Country: Botswana

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Well organised from the outset with pre-travel information reflecting the experience of the Tribes team. Every stage of the trip linked seamlessly with the next, and the Tribes Agents were helpful and efficient. The Safari experiences surpassed anything we expected, especially at the Kanana Camp. The light aircraft flights with Mack Air were professionally and efficiently operated."
 
Tribes Service: "Our consultant answered all our queries helpfully, and accommodated all our requirements during the booking process."
 
Guides: "The guides at both camps were excellent, but especially so at the Kanana Camp where Steve was proactive in sharing his great knowledge with us. Safety briefings at both camps were kept short, but were to the point. Given the condition of the terrain we had no qualms regarding the vehicles or drivers. At no time did we feel rushed, and at both camps the guides with different groups were in touch with one another so that any significant event or sighting could be shared."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "The approach of the guides to the wildlife indicated a concern for minimising the impact of the group on the natural order, whilst at the same time creating a better understanding of how wildlife interacts with the natural environment which must have long term benefits by improving our understanding. The ongoing change at Chobe to the use of electric powered vehicles shows a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of the activities."

Accommodation

 
Kanana Camp
The way the Kanana facility is designed not only helps it blend into the surounding environment, but facilitates the return of the area to it's natural state quickly when it is eventually dismantled: it is as if the area has been 'borrowed' from the wildlife for a short period. The accommodation is described as a 'luxury tent' and was exactly that. All of the staff were cheerful, helpful and efficient providing excellent food and service. I would strongly recommend this camp to anyone planning a similar trip.
 
Chobe Game Lodge
This facility is effectively a hotel that provides game drives, river trips etc. Whilst the wildlife watching experience was equivalent to other venues, the food and service were not of a comparable high standard.
 
Ilala Lodge
The Ilala lodge is a superb hotel, with all the facilities to be expected. Staff were cheerful and helpful, the food excellent. Although advertised as being convenient for the Victoria Falls I would recommend taking an organised guided tour for the extra information and insight that this provides.

Our Memories

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Time: GMT +2hrs

Flight time: Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.

Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.

Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.

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