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Holiday review by Jenny Chantler

Name: Jenny Chantler
Date of trip: 04/06/2010
Number of people: 1
Country: Botswana

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "It was planned as the holiday of a lifetime and it was!"
 
Tribes Service: "Tribes has been so wonderful to deal with in every way, particularly over their generous handling of 'the ash cloud' crisis. My brother recommended the company, and my consultant Julie, and he was spot on."
 
Guides: "Generally first class, though it was clear from the highly experienced and knowledgeable guide at Kwara that he was due for his holiday - he was pretty exhausted! Also the one at Xakanaxa, though clearly knowledgeable, lacked people skills at times."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Excellent"

Accommodation

 
Xakanaxa Camp
Busier, highly efficient and beautiful at night, but a little less personal than I had been spoilt with at Nxai Pan. Also the guide was my least favourite. However, with another guide on the transfer to Kwara, we saw so many amazing sights on the river that we were half an hour late! Major elephant viewing here.
 
Sussi and Chuma
A different experience with perhaps less sense of adventure, but the setting and style of the camp is beautiful. Visiting Victoria Falls and getting so close to a White Rhino was a brilliant way to spend a birthday, particularly when supper ended with the unexpected singing and dancing accompaniment to an enormous chocolate cake! I really enjoyed visiting the local village and school as well.
 
Nxai Pan Camp
The only guest for this my first camp, but I was treated like a queen! It was lovely to have the old San bushman join us for supper one evening to later tell stories and sing a song around the campfire. I learned a very great deal here, having both guide and San tracker to myself. Whilst looking for birds we nearly ran over an exquisite young leopard just learning to fend for itself and also saw cheetahs, honey badgers and jackals, whilst 43 giraffes came to say goodbye at the airstrip!
 
Lebala Camp
My excellent guide here was new to the camp and there was initially a bit of a power struggle between him and I and the more established tracker. With the support of the excellent manager however, all was sorted and with a different tracker, we had a hugely successful and fun experience. It was here whilst looking for birds that we came across 4 lionesses hunting with 2 young cubs, tracking and killing a warthog. Grim but fascinating.
 
Kwara Camp
A bit simpler than some but I loved the atmosphere and got on really well with the manageress, with whom I have exchanged contact details. The nights were wonderfully musical, with hippos so close and painted reed frogs sounding like Alpine cow bells. I began to understand the advantages here of army type trucks over Land Cruisers with canopies.

customer rating

5/5 from 67 reviews

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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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