We might have enjoyed the experience more if we had not been to Senyati Safari Lodge near Kasane before this stay but, having seen elephants close up in such a natural environment at Senyati, we found the elephant experience here to be too much like a circus (for a number of reasons). There is no hide or shelter from which the elephants are viewed. Yes, you do get really close up, but the elephants are very aware of your presence and frequently get irritated by tourists. There are often yells of delight/surprise when elephants mock-charge or come close to the open veranda. VERY different to viewing elephants from a similar distance within a hide where all the tourists respect nature and keep quite. The elephants drink from a long trough that gets filled up in what seemed to be a very controlled manner. Often the elephants had to wait (and hence get frustrated) for the drinking hole to be refilled but, hey, this is a good way to keep the tourists entertained. The open restaurant is right next to the watering hole and the smell of elephant dung was over-powering while we ate. Food was good.
When getting back from dinner, there was no water (hot or cold) and by the time we left at 6 a.m., there was still none. The windows are made of mosqito net but have no means of shutting out the wind (i.e. no glass or canvas flap). This is great for summer, but in winter it means that the temperature inside your chalet is the same as outside (i.e. colder than being in a tent). Bear in mind that temperatures get close to zero at night in July. The double bed in one of our 2 chalets sagged as if an elephant slept in it.
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