User Reviews – Botswana

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Fabio Vegetti   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2018 Reviewed: Sep 3, 2018

Email Fabio Vegetti  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Botswana with Gifts of The Kalahari
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A trip to the heart of the bush, made unforgettable by our guide Lucky who, tireless and very expert of places, has accompanied us in this exciting adventure. Thanks also to the Master chef Smooth, to Sugar and Jacob and to the whole team Gifts of the Kalahari. A perfect organization. Colors, scents, and sounds of Botswana will remain in our memories.
Gifts of The Kalahari is super!!!

Teresa de la Vega   –  
Spain ES
Visited: August 2018 Reviewed: Aug 31, 2018

Email Teresa de la Vega  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

The trip of a lifetime
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Tony and Vincent are incredible and very knowledgeable guides who went out of their way to ensure that we enjoyed every minute of our safari

Phill   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: June 2018 Reviewed: Aug 5, 2018

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

A once in a lifetime experience of game drives and camping in the bush
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As someone who had never been on a safari before, I wasn't really too sure what to expect when I booked this safari in Chobe national park so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be an experience that will stay with me forever. The safari guests consisted of myself and just one other tourist where we were treated to our own campsite with private tents. The team consisted of three staff who managed the campsite, cooked and one of which also provided an extra pair of eyes on the game drives. The staff prepared 3-meals a day of excellent food, usually including some kind of exotic meat in the evenings. The game drives also consisted of the main tour guide (Jane) and her daughter who also came along on the tour (as a one-off). The abundance of wildlife in Chobe was one thing that really amazed me and on game drives there was rarely a 5-minute window where no wildlife was seen at all and over the course of the entire tour we saw just about every animal I could have asked to see there (elephants, lions, leopards, crocodiles, hippos, buffalo, zebras...only excluding the elusive Hyena's). The tour guide had around 30 years of experience and so her and her daughter offered a wealth of knowledge and were able to answer any questions we had. Chobe national park itself was an incredible place with the backdrop of the Chobe river offering some of the most incredible sunrises/sunsets I have ever seen and is not too busy like I have heard other national parks in Africa can get (e.g. Kruger) so when we were observing wildlife we were, more often that not, the only vehicle around. To summarise, anyone looking for a safari tour that is small, with private camping and abundant wildlife then this will be ideal for you.

Elloura Rissel   –  
Australia AU
Visited: June 2018 Reviewed: Jul 29, 2018

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

Once in a lifetime camping experience
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Super safe place to travel to and totally worth it for how up close and personal you can get with the animals and out in the bush

Diogo Alves Portilho   –  
Brazil BR
Visited: July 2018 Reviewed: Jul 28, 2018

Email Diogo Alves Portilho  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Safari was perfect.
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The safari in chobe national park was awesome. The wildlife was quite perfect. We didnt see leopard, but the rest we saw everything. The guide was extremelly kind and wise in the explanations about wildlife. Everything was good and i have nothing to complain about.

Lawrence and Julie   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: June 2018 Reviewed: Jul 23, 2018

Email Lawrence and Julie

Experience of a life time!
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We recently returned from our first ever safari trip. The whole experience was fantastic. We were very impressed and never a dull moment.
We had the best experience under the care of Walking Stick Safari.

The tent was very comfortable and met all our requirements. The food was excellent and exceeded all our expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The staff was very courteous friendly and accommodating.

We felt that each day was very well planned out in order to maximise the experience. We felt very safe and well taken care of at all times. Phillimon is a very knowledgeable guide and gave us a lot of insight about the animals and birds.

Phillimon made sure we got to take some amazing photos and videos of many wild animals and birds. It was nice to see everything in its own natural habitat without the animals feeling threatened. We managed to see 4 of the BIG 5. No Rhinos unfortunately but in view of how protected they are nowadays its no wonder.

We highly recommend Walking Stick to anyone looking to do a safari. We deliberately chose a small local independent company so we could contribute back to the community. More than glad that we did as the service was excellent and the experience second to none. You will not be disappointed.

Michael Smith   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2017 Reviewed: Jul 22, 2018

Email Michael Smith  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Trip of a lifetime.
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It was a trip that I thought was unattainable. I could not have been more wrong. After doing some research I found a wonderful safari company. I did a mobile camping safari. Incredible game drives during the day , bush walks and dinner under the South African night sky. Imagine falling asleep to the sound of a male lion roaring in the distance or hippos snorting in the river nearby. I fell so in love with Botswana on that trip that I was booked on another safari two months after returning home. Best vacation ever!!!

Salamandra   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2018 Reviewed: Jul 15, 2018

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

Authentic, yet organized and safe
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Wildlife was maybe a bit too used to humans to feel "natural" but the benefit is that you can see lots of animals from very close. We often had elephants or even lions surround our car! Our safari guide, found on Safaribookings was really a small business owner working really hard to make it, and in addition to being a great tracker was also able to share with us over the dinner table a lot of his knowledge of the Bushmen tribe and other elements of history and of the local culture. My advice is to take a chance by going for a safari in a small group and with a small operator, even if they have few reviews. You may be in for a unique experience and meet extraordinary local guides.

Achim   –  
Germany DE
Visited: June 2018 Reviewed: Jul 13, 2018

Email Achim  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

super fast confirmation of the desired tours. Perfect transaction on the spot.
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Botswana is a wonderful country. Very, very friendly people. Nice Lodges and a lot of animals.
it was a fantastic time.

Valentin Virasoro   –  
Argentina AR
Visited: June 2018 Reviewed: Jul 12, 2018

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

Memorable experience on the Okavango Delta.
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We booked a full day private tour through Safaribookings with Xaa Safaris.
I have to tell everything was just perfect.
We arrived late in Maun but we had sent them a previous email to ask for the tour as we only had the following day to go on the safari.
They had already prebooked us even though they had no chance to speak with us. They even came to see USA late that evening to explain us the activity.
They picked us up early next morning as scheduled and the whole day was exactly as they had described.
Lesego drove us to the villlage where we got on the boat with Geez our guide on the boat. We explored the delta with him and the experience was memorable!
Snacks and lunch provided were great.
Would definitely recommend this Safari and would do it again!

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