- The game viewing was spectacular. There were too many highlights to mention. The houseboat was very comfortable and the first few days were an easy relaxing start to a full on holiday with a lot of hippo sightings and too many spectacular birds to mention. The tents were comfortable and roomy and the hotel nights more than adequate. The food throughout was simple but exceptionally tasty and the best I have ever had on a camping trip. Bibi was extremely knowledgeable and informative. The animal and bird noises throughout the night were unbelievably atmospheric and the sunrises and sunsets need to be seen to be believed. Although it was fairly dry Victoria Falls were well worth the visit. The downsides are that there are only about 2 tarmacked roads in Botswana and everyday involved a very bumpy uncomfortable ride in our lorry. If you have any sort of back problem you will have issues. You also need to be reasonably mobile to climb in and out of the lorry. You must also not be of a nervous disposition because there will be wild animals in the camp and around your tent. We had an unpleasant, extremely frightening experience with a 5 ton elephant touching and walking round our tent and drinking from the wash basins on night after walking through the toilet tent. Although I have listed a few negatives I would not have missed the experience of seeing all these wonderful animals in their own environment and experiencing the atmosphere and noise. It is a great trip but you do need to be prepared for some bouncy rides and scary nights.
Published on: 23 September 2016