I stayed at Etali for 3 nights with a group of 8 photographers. This was my first safari and I was completely overwhelmed by the experience. The warm welcome we received not only on our first arrival, but at every arrival back from our game drives was great. Either warm or cool cloths (depending on the temperature) were immediately handed to you as you got out of the Landrover. Kel and Gerry were a fantastic team who seemed just as enthusiastic as us to see the wildlife as we were and were very patient while we all tried to get our shot, even turning the vehicle round for those on the other side. We watched a pack of wild dogs hunt over two nights, once missing an impala and the next night pursuing a buffalo calf. We managed to see 4/5 but just missed the leopard. The staff back at the lodge were amazing - they all seemed to know us by name, room (and drink) by the end of the first day. On Thanksgiving night they did themselves proud with their first ever Thanksgiving feast put on for the two Yanks in the group. We were extremely touched by this and devoured the tasty (and authentic) food. The Boma the next night, complete with shooting star, was another highlight. Although we were all there on our own, it would make a very romantic (and private) getaway if you travelled with your partner. The cabins were huge. I stayed in Room 8 which, while it didn't have a view of the watering hole, was very close to the constant parade of animals on their way to the watering hole. In fact, I had a very shy giraffe who just seemed to hang out by the tree outside my cabin most days. The inside/outside showers are great also. Cannot say enough about my first safari. Thanks a million! I hope to be back someday.
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