​User Reviews – Botswana

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Julie Gale   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: July 2022 Reviewed: Sep 6, 2022

Email Julie Gale  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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Whatever I write here will not do our experience justice. From the moment we met our guide (Pilot), saw our first animals, smelt the intoxicating scent of the bush (a mixture of wild thyme and camphor), saw, each night and each morning, the glorious and vivid colours of the sunsets and sunrises, hearing the animals during the night, the animal encounters during the day (up close and personal) the amazing food, service and attention to detail - it was out of this world. If we had the money we would do it again. If you are reading this because you're not sure - hesitate no more. Do it! You wont regret it. We did a mobile safari for ten days (unfortunately, I can't mention the company who were phenomenal with every detail) from 28/7 - 6/08. We covered three sites, chobe park (savuti area), Khwai Private reserve then finishing in Moremi and we saw literally everything possible to see and our guide taught us to track. Our guide was clearly very respected by all the other guides we came into contact with, having 30yrs+ experience I'm not surprised. It was an absolute privilege not only to see these beautiful animals in their natural environment but also meeting the warm and welcoming Botswanans. Botswana offers everything. Now book that trip!

Ansley   –  
Canada CA
Visited: July 2022 Reviewed: Aug 28, 2022

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Ahh!!! Take me back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Juanita Coolidge   –  
United States US
Visited: February 2020 Reviewed: Mar 17, 2020

Email Juanita Coolidge  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Luxury tenting with delicious food, attentive service and knowledgable and caring guides .
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They found all kinds of wildlife, luxury tenting, amazing food and great social interaction. Guides were top notch in Kadizora and Little Machaba. Not a hitch. Ker and Downey planned well for us.

Abuthahir Mohamed   –  
United States US
Visited: February 2020 Reviewed: Mar 16, 2020

Email Abuthahir Mohamed  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

What a great experience.
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Once in live time experience. I really enjoyed my whole new experience. People working in the camps really awesome and very helpful.

Sean Howard   –  
United States US
Visited: February 2020 Reviewed: Feb 28, 2020

Email Sean Howard  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Amazing boat cruise down the Chobe River through Botswana!
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We went on safaris through Kruger National Park, South Africa prior to Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Both safaris offer amazing game spotting but Botswana is unique as it included a boat ride on the Chobe River. The animals are abundant and you really don’t have to look too hard to spot them. Botswana provides a glimpse of the fascinating lives of game that inhabit the Chobe River and the surrounding area, especially the plethora of birds. If you are a bird watcher, you will be in heaven! The boat ride through the Chobe river in the morning followed by mid-day lunch break was the highlight of our trip. The river scenery is beautiful and serene. The afternoon safari in a 4WD was a bit rough as the dirt roads are more rugged and less paved but that also adds to the experience. Our driver and operator were also patient and professional. We recommend Botswana for a well-rounded safari experience!

Jane Moran   –  
United States US
Visited: January 2020 Reviewed: Feb 27, 2020

Email Jane Moran  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

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We saw all the big 5 and more!. We had excellent accommodations, food, guides, it was a trip of a lifetime!. We would like to return when there is a bit more water in the delta and see the differences the delta has to offer. We really enjoyed ourselves and the adventure. TYto safaribookings and to Judy Burrows for setting the trip up for us

Arne   –  
Germany DE
Visited: January 2020 Reviewed: Feb 14, 2020

Email Arne  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Amazing price for value!
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Probably the most amazing week of my life!

About safari in Botswana: it is a bit more expensive than e.g. Kenya but therefor you are not one of a billion vehicles surrounding the animals. I really appreciated the sustainable way they are dealing with the animals and the tourism.

Animals: we saw maybe a hundred giraffes, up to 200 elephants, 25 lions, ... all of them with babies, never would have dreamed of seeing so many! Note: we were in rainy season, you can google the differences.

About Tony / our guide:
Besides Tony there is another guide in the company called Vincent who was responsible for us. He was able to tell a lot about animal behavior, made us feel safe and it was always a laugh. Really cool guy, I really liked him!

Compared to staying in lodges (excluding those with privates reserves which are way in a different price league) you will see the same animals as everyone is doing their game drives in the same area of the park. The reason his offers are much cheaper is (as far as I can guess) due to being camping instead of staying at a fancy lodge. I didn’t mind it in any way as it made the trip so much more intense.

Staying in the bush:
For the camping we did go for the ‘luxury version’ which allows you to go toilet at night and gives you more time to relax. The latter was appreciated by all of us due to having to take in all the impressions.
The food was basic but well prepared. So there is nothing wrong with some good Spaghetti Bolognese, most food was actually really good.
The car was in a very good condition. I think up to 5-6 persons per car is comfortable, though Vincent said they usually don’t take more than 5 anyway.

Karmen Reid   –  
United States US
Visited: December 2019 Reviewed: Jan 12, 2020

Email Karmen Reid  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Once-in-a-lifetime experience!
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Safari Bookings helped me contect with Zambezi Tours which developed a superb trip for my husband and me. Wonderful, well-equipped tents, excellent food and drinks, and exciting wildlife viewings. All transport, including small planes from Maun to safari sites was well-coordinated. Thank you!

Kasumi   –  
Japan JP
Visited: November 2019 Reviewed: Jan 4, 2020

Email Kasumi  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Stunning scenery with so many beautiful wildlife everywhere.
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The scenery was just amazingly beautiful and was lucky to see so many wildlife including lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants, hippos, and wild dogs. The transportation was smooth and the guides and the hotel staffs at both camps (Kanana and Okuti) were so friendly and knowledgeable. They have made my first visit to Africa an unforgettable experience!

Keith   –  
Canada CA
Visited: November 2019 Reviewed: Dec 12, 2019

Email Keith  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

The safari was well organized and everything went very well; we were extremely satisfied.
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Everything was very well organized from the moment we arrived in Maun to our departure. The wildlife was excellent, the scenery in the Okavango Delta is what you would expect for flat sub-topical Savannah. The weather was hot in the day but we expected that from the time of the year and it did cool off at night. Accommodations were excellent and the drivers and trackers were knowledgeable, informative, and did an excellent job. Despite the remoteness of the camps, the food was amazing and presentation and service was very professional. All the staff in the two camps we visited were pleasant, helpful, and polite. The whole experience was amazing and I can highly recommend Botswana as a destination.

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