Botswana, what an amazing experience it was indeed! I have only driven through Botswana on route to Namibia, this was my first time to enjoy the privilege of spending a few nights in this lovely country.
Our first 2 nights were spent at Tuskers Bush Camp, a small bush camp situated approximately 2-3 hours from Maun in the private Kwatale concession on the eastern edge of the Moremi Game Reserve. What a lovely place! Very rustic whilst imparting that true sense of an African Safari. We enjoyed magical African sunsets and sundwoners at the end of both days. It is such a relaxing moment absorbing the sounds of nature all around you. Here you have the real ‘In Africa’ feeling. If you love and prefer to sleep in the middle of nowhere, then this is the place to be. Accommodation is in a tented camp with all the needed facilities that you will expect in your typical bush camp. There are no electrical points in the tents and your telephone and camera are charged in the main area if needed. Tuskers offer a stunning view over the waterhole from their dining area where you will most definitely see giraffes and elephants visiting the waterhole in the afternoon. They have lovely staff and good food.
Tip for the travellers: Use water sparingly when you shower as salt cold water is always readily available, but the fresh warm water needs to be attained from the staff before you can shower.
After Tuskers we took a road transfer to the Delta where we enjoyed a boat transfer to Xobega Island Camp. Forests, pans, rivers, open grassy plains – all just breathtakingly beautiful. So in other words; it is not just a transfer – but more of a great experience.
When we arrived at Xobega we were warmly greeted by the staff and the manager is an absolute delight. We sat in the main area and the camp manager explained all the safety rules and logistics of the camp. The camp is neat and clean and the staff also very friendly. The tents are clean and comfortable and perfectly functional with a “bucket” shower and a chemical toilet. I love the idea that they are so eco-friendly.
In the late afternoon we took a boat cruise through the channels of the delta which opens into huge “lagoons” which is just absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. The sunset was amazing and the birdlife outstanding! I have honestly never seen a sunset so beautiful as like that afternoon. Even the hippos popped up every regularly to admire it.
Xobega is a must for all bird lovers! The boat cruises really caters for this. Our cameras were constantly snapping away at the rich variety and considerable numbers of birds in the Delta. There is currently a resident Pel’s fishing owl nesting on Xobega island. We had the privilege on going on the Mokoro’s between the channels. This was really an awesome experience and I would recommend this to anyone. The local guides who steer the mokoro’s through the winding waterways are exceptionally skilful as poling a mokoro is not for the unexperienced.
Tip for travellers: Use water sparingly at Xobega. Other than at Tuskers; cold water is also limited. So when you shower, be sure to close the shower, then wash, then open to rinse again as one will not be able to get water at night as you are not allowed to walk alone at night to the main area.
After we visited the Delta, we made our way to Ghoha Hills for 2 nights. We were met by Zambo, who was also our guide for the stay. What a pleasant and lovely guy he was.
The lodge is set on the highest mountain (Goha Hill) in the area and has a spectacular view of the Savuti Plains. Ghoha Lodge is a stunning lodge! The décor and facilities in the tents are lovely and the views from the rooms are breathtaking! A big thumbs up to the chefs of Ghoha as the food was really divine. The lounge and swimming pool areas beckon you to relax for a while. The fire-pit/boma area is so delightful. The view from the main area is great and there is also a water hole where animals go to drink at various times of the day.
The rooms are very spacious and allows for a lot of privacy. The shower is absolutely amazing as you look out onto the bushveld while taking a shower. The tents are well appointed with luxurious products and personal touches to make you feel at home.
The overall experience at Ghoha was the best we had on our trip. Accommodation, game viewing, food, service and the list goes on!
Tip for travellers: Stay for more than 2 nights only. It is totally worth it! ?
Our last night we spent in Mankwe with Africa Ecco Mobile Safaris at their mobile camping set up. I must honestly say that they offered much more than what I have ever expected from mobile camping. I didn’t expect to have such a full and detailed service as what we received with Ecco. Their attention to detail was superb. The food was made over an open fire which made it really special in a true African safari way. Water to wash your face in the mornings was readily available and provided by the staff. Towels and body wash was ready when one wanted to go take a shower.
I will easily spend a 2 week tour through Botswana with Africa Ecco Safaris!
Botswana was truly an amazing place! I would do everything all over again in a heartbeat! The educational would not have been so great if it was not for our awesome guide, Wilson. I have been on a few safaris before, but never have I met such a knowledgeable, friendly, and spontaneous guide. Normally things that I would not find interesting he managed to make it truly absorbing. A very big thumbs up to him!
I would just like to thank each and everyone from the Sun Destinations team for affording us the opportunity to take part in this Botswana educational and to gain first-hand experience in your properties. It was an amazing experience and one I will treasure forever.
(written by Monique Streicher)