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“Absolutely INCREDIBLE!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Elephant Sands Botswana
Nata Kasane Road | 53 kilometeres north of Nata, Nata, Botswana   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty lodging in Nata
Antalya, Turkey
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“Absolutely INCREDIBLE!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I needed somewhere to stop over for lunch on our way up to Kasane, and stumbled upon the amazing elephant sands! I would advise that even if you don't have time for a stop (which we now WISH we had!!), make sure you stop there just for a drink or lunch, and to see the incredible elephants. The owners have set up a watering hole right in front of the raised verandah, and they feed the Ellie's fresh water because there isn't any nearby. There were literally about 40-50 elephants there when we first arrived, all vying for a spot at the watering hole, and more behind them having mud baths and scratching on the trees. Plenty more were running in from the bush!

A couple of people have mentioned not staying here for more than a couple of days because there isn't a lot to do, but in my honest opinion you don't need things to "do" when you have one of the most amazing spectacles happening right in front of you. We were mesmerised watching them and could have happily stayed a week! The food was also lovely and the owners were there chatting with us, such lovely people and it truly is one of the best places I have ever been to in Africa! That's really saying something as my husband and I embarked on a 5 month honeymoon throughout Southern Africa, and I lived in botswana until I was 16, and never have I found somewhere I enjoyed visiting more. Do yourself a favour and stop over, I promise you won't regret it! :)

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

If you love elephants make sure to stop here. The waterhole is right in front of a terrace with a boma and where dinner is served. The elephants are like meters away from you. Accommodation is basic with mossy nets. Food is good. I think the main attraction here are the elephants. So if you dont mind the basic accommodation this is a good stopover. There is a swimming pool and stocked bar. Make sure to take extra warm clothes / blankets.... the chalets get very cold during the night because of the design. (even in summer)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It's a stop over place for a night. We stayed for two nights.not enough to keep you interested. Comfortable beds now but often their man who feeds the boilers simply didn't do his job and we went out ourselves to feed the boiler with wood. Food ok, limited choice but well prepared. If you go in the winter be prepared as the chalets get very cold in the night and early morning
Due to their design. Big game limited but excellent bird life all around. Good for the price and an alternative to the rip-off prices in Chobe and Vic Falls. Frank will take you on a nice game drive and even for experienced safari buffs can give good info.

Room Tip: 1& 2facing the water hole but all of them have a decent bush feel.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Luckily we arrived there early enough to see some elephants at the waterhole right in front of the terrace. It's an amazing experience to stand less than 10m in front of an elephant-bull.

Accommodation was basic, the mossy-net hopefully renewed by now, outdoor ensuite bathroom with very salty water but we spent most of the time on the terrace anyway.
Dinner and b'fast was good, surprisingly good, given the remoteness of the place.

Service was friendly but slow, internet working but slow too,

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Elephant Sands is just the most wonderful and amazing place that I have been to to date. Where else can you sit and relax in peaceful surroundings while consuming a nice cold drink sitting by a fire watching Elephant come and go throughout the day and night, at times no more than a few mere meet away. You also get the added bonus of them walking right past your rooms or tent.

The rooms are rustic in design and are within view of the watering hole and offer great views of any animal that fancies a drink.

The bar and food are fantastic and the staff are willing to help with anything and make you feel very welcome on arrival.

The only downside to my stay was the very short time I was there, I was sad to leave and I and already planning my next visit.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

A great place to see elephants at a close distance direct at a water hole. The next morning over 15 wild dogs were laying around... just amazing!!
We had a great service (food, drinks, chat with the employees) including a private drive to the salt pan.

The rooms are OK (mattresses should be changed and the shower was cold, salty and no pressure).

PS: a sign direct at the street would be great, otherwise you may miss it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

A unique place, you won't get closer to watching elephants who come to drink at the waterhole, and walk right past your cabin.
The restaurant (compliments for the zambian cook!) had the best food we ever experienced on all our holidays, really fantastic.
The soggy, lumpy mattresses were the worst we experienced on all our holidays.

Room Tip: No electricity here, the generator stops at 2200. Wifi until then, but all concentrated around a sm...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Elephant Sands Botswana

Address: Nata Kasane Road | 53 kilometeres north of Nata, Nata, Botswana
Location: Botswana > Central District > Nata
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty lodging in Nata
Also Known As:
Elephant Sands Botswana Hotel Nata

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