What an experience! Welcoming, friendly staff from start to finish, large luxurious tent with a deck overlooking a water hole- and the elephants came. Luxury touches such as returning from the evening game drive to a filled bath and warm fire. Generous breakfasts, lighter lunches and substantial dinners. All inclusive includes acceptable house wines or else reasonably priced superior wines are available. Knowledgeable engaging ranger who made the experience of tracking down animals interesting in itself. Maybe we were lucky but during our 4 night stay we saw at close quarters lion, cheetah, rhino, water buffalo, many zebra, antelopes, jackals and plenty of other game and birds plus countless warthogs for whom we developed a soft spot. Plus beautiful scenery, sunrises and sunsets
We loved it from start to finish. For us it had a good balance of comfort and access to nature with the emphasis very much on the natural world, whereas perhaps some other reserves offer a luxury stay with some nature added on.
I recommend visiting the Craft Centre for a good range of well designed locally produced mementoes that benefit the local community. And it is worth bringing a fleece and hat for those early morning drives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discreetly positioned in the bush at the top end of an open valley in the reserve, each of the superlative en-suite, tented and thatched suites overlook a watering point with big sky views.Each suite has a secluded private viewing deck with intimate plunge pool. Within the spacious interior hot and cold air-conditioning, an atmospheric fireplace, large oval bath and romantic alfresco double showers make this the perfect bush retreat. ... more less