User Reviews – Botswana
Email Kelsey B. | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
I HIGHLY recommend booking a safari experience with African Bush Lovers!
My sisters and I booked a 5 night/6 day safari in Botswana with African Bush Lovers (for a party of 6 people). The entire experience from inquiry, to booking, to arriving, to game driving was magically organized and perfectly executed!
Before we committed to booking with African Bush Lovers, we were in touch with Kenewang (goes by Kenny), the co-owner of the company. From the moment of first contact, we knew we found the PERFECT safari company. African Bush Lovers is locally owned and operated by Kenny and her husband, Stanza (more to come on this GEM of a human!). Both Kenny and Stanza are natives of Botswana and they are super helpful and very friendly.
In late May, our party of 6 flew into Maun to meet up with the African Bush Lovers team. The moment we got through customs, we were greeted by our fearless Professional Nature Guide, Stanza. Stanza is a veteran nature guide with over 10 years of safari experience. Our group wholeheartedly agreed, Stanza was the BEST guide and we trusted him with our lives.
During our safari experience, we went to the Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti and Chobe National Park. Stanza’s safari vehicle (lovingly named the “Gods Must Be Crazy”) was incredibly comfortable and spacious. In addition, Stanza’s off-road driving skills were impressively good!
Stanza WOWED us daily with his knowledge about all of the nature and wildlife. The volume of wildlife we saw during our game drives exceeded ALL of our expectations. Some highlights include: 1 male leopard, 4 male lions, a pride of female lions (on a hunt!!), a handful of crocodiles, dozens of giraffes, a couple herds of zebras, at least 50 hippos, and at least 500 elephants. By the end of the safari, we were all convinced that Stanza was part eagle due to his amazing long-distance eye sight. Also, his ability to identify tracks/dung/bird calls was next level! In addition to the wildlife, Stanza shared a lot of information and great stories about the history, culture and people of Botswana. Such a treat!
Stanza and his team were quick to accommodate every need and desire we had while on safari. We had great camp sites, comfortable camping equipment (we opted for the semi-luxury accommodations), AND plenty of drinks and delicious food. Stanza and his team even included a tea time during our game drives! They planned for EVERYTHING. For meals, our chef Moffatt and his sous chef, Simba, prepared delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. Every dinner was a decadent multi-course meal. It seemed like Moffatt was on a mission to make us gain weight
Email Jagruti Godhaniya | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Real life Lion King experience
Best Safari experience ever! Cannot believe some of the things we saw. food, guide and transport was all perfect! no complaints
Email Thomas | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Best trip we have ever had.
Everything exceeded my expectations. The wildlife was everything that I had hoped for. The accommodations, food and service was first rate.
Email Griselda Woo Gonzalez | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
I fell that I was filming a marvelous Botswana film
Botswana was marvelous. Everything: transportation, accomodations, the guides ( excellents ), wildlife ( very exciting ), the staff ( really with a big warm heart ), only the weather is a litlle bit unpredictable !
Email Tina | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Once-in a lifetime- experience
My friend and I had an amazing time basking in nature and learning from Thosu, our guide, and Russell, our chef.
We saw so much wildlife within the 4 nights/5 days we stayed camping in Moremi/Savuti/Chobe. Thosu and Russell made sure we felt comfortable and safe. They were accommodating about our vegetarian/vegan diet, as well. I was in awe at their breadth of knowledge and being able to tell what bird we just spotted only by looking at its flight pattern—even without binoculars!
The highlight was being in the quiet of nature and waking up to the sounds of elephants eating leaves off trees around us and seeing hippos in a nearby stream. Our guides always made our safety of the utmost priority.
I highly recommend this Safari and the services of Thosu and Russell.
Email Andrew Carlin | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
A country , its people and its wildlife that exceeded my expectations
My experience was awesome. Wildlife was abundant and some great sightings and experiences. Nice variety of birds. All guides were knowledgeable,experienced and very pleasant. Weather was a expected cool in evening warm to hot in day. Some accommodation and food was 5 star while others was great and acceptable. Local flights between concessions were done by experienced pilots.
All in all a fantastic trip in wonderful country with very pleasant people
Email Barbara | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Thank you SafariBookings Team for arranging the trip for us. We enjoyed it a lot.
We had wonderful wild life. Game drives were better than boat trips.
Kubu lodge where we stayed was very good - very friendly staff, good accomodation, all fine.
We would do it again!
Email Dragos M. | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Amazing First Experience in Africa
We did both the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve and they were both spectacular. The delta had more birds while the reserve had more mammals. The two really complement each other, but, if I had to pick, I would pick the Game Reserve. Accommodations were great in both places. Keep in mind that the camps have tents. High end tents, but still tents. That means that it can get really cold at night, so bring a hat for sleeping. Flying the small airplanes between camps and landing on dirt airstrips was a blast (unless you're afraid of flying). The guides were super knowledgeable and some had great driving skills. The sunsets were amazing. The best part was the people of Botswana. Probably some of the friendliest I've met throughout the world.
Email Vidyasagar Premkumar | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Great for safari - having been to safari over 11 countries, botswana provided us with a true sense of wilderness, great bush vibe and the viewing of wildlife (predators or plains animals) was awesome - the animals had great space and as a result we were able to see behaviors every day rather than once or twice in the whole safari.
With fewer vehicles, the predator sightings were great with no overcrowding, jostling and intrusion into the wildlife movements
Email M.Cristina Basili | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
We had appreciate very much all regarding our trip, nature, landscape, wilde animals ecc. We would like is better for tourist more restaurant when enjoy dinner. Our guide ( Gomez) was also an excellent driver other a very good guide.