We visited before the renovation shutdown (1st March-1st December) as a family of four (boys aged 10 & 13) and had an AMAZING time. The tents were beautifully arranged with a real 1920s feel with the furniture and lamps. the beds were comfortable and the showers lovely. We were happy to accept that it might take a couple of minutes of running the water for the hot to come through as you truly are in the middle of nowhere. We had to ask for coathangers and a bottle opener but these were brought very quickly with profuse apologies. The tents are not designed for families (it is only in recent years that children under 12 have been accepted). Friends we were travelling with asked for an extra bed and fitted in their travel cot, but we obviously needed two tents. After the renovations, there will be few family tents (two bedrooms, one main sitting area) - this will be ideal for us and many others.
The food was absolutely magnificent: seven courses in the evenings, three courses at lunch. The drinks are quite expensive but we felt that the service and feeling of complete luxury more than made up for the cost.
We went on a short game drive and saw some elephants, giraffe, zebra etc - no cats - but to be honest, we went to relax and take it easy. The green mamba snake that appeared in front of as we walked across a bridge was excitement enough. The pool was wonderful and the waiters brought us drinks during the day.
Visitors should be aware that the camp is unfenced so animals can wander in if they choose. Aside from the hippos and crocodiles we saw in the pools, there were just a couple of bushbucks that we watched from our breakfast table. You are asked not to walk alone after dark (you book a guard to collect you from your tent for dinner and they escort you back afterwards) as the hippos and crocodiles often come out of the water at night.
I have to admit to having reservations before we went as to whether or not it was a suitable holiday for a family with two energetic boys. My concerns were completely unfounded and my boys loved it. The pool was the focus of their attention, but they also enjoyed walking round the camp. I would go back there in a flash. My husband and I wallowed in the luxuriousness of it all, were extremely impressed with the food (they ought to produce their own recipe book) and really felt like we had found something very special.
We had a look at tent 16, which is their prototype for the renovations - we liked it and hope to return!
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