We found this establishment on the internet whilst in Palapye and it looked so inviting with green grass (a luxury in Botswana) and good write ups. We phoned to make sure there was availability and asked for a 'caravan site' and that we would be arriving in about 2 hours. The manager that we spoke to did not advise us of the 7km gravel road which is so badly corrugated that we had to stop to let down the caravan tyres to enable us to continue and during which stop, we discovered that the cupboard door in our van had fallen off. During this short wayside stop, a lady from a neighbouring property to Woodlands, stopped and asked us why we had stopped as it was a very dangerous area and that we should just continue to our destination. She then kindly waited for us and followed us. On arrival we were efficiently booked in but when shown the campsite we were horribly disappointed to discover that it was a dry sand bowl and that there was no grass virtually at all. We understand that there has been a drought but feel that this should be pointed out to prospective visitors as even the boards on the main road show a beautiful paradise. It is not as if one can make a quick assessment and leave again as it is a long way off the main road. The ablutions were nice and clean but altogether it was a very disappointing stopover for us. Added to this was the fact that we heard multiple gunshots during the night, in very close proximity to our caravan and later learnt that this is because of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Zimbabwe which is evidently very close by. I would definitely not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Woodlands Stop Over is a self catering establishment situated just 10kms north of Francistown just off the A3 National road. We have three different types of accommodation suiting the pockets of all travellers.A lovely, well appointed, family cottage with two en-suite bedrooms and all the comfortable amentities of home. Fully furnished and equipped.Eight Riverview en-suite rooms with their own kitchenette, also fully equipped. Very spacious, clean and comfortable. Six quaint chalets in the campsite making use of the immaculately clean ablution facility. Lovely lawned campsites with water and power points for customer convenience. For the tired traveller a sparkling swimming pool welcomes you on arrival. A tranquil setting awaits all our valued patrons! We are ready to give a warm Botswana welcome. Dumelang! ... more less