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“Camping at Senyati” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Senyati Safari Camp
Ranked #5 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Kasane
Bridge of Allan, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Camping at Senyati”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

We camped at Senyati for 2 nights. 4th & 5th Oct. Situated in a beautifully quiet valley 2km off the Kazangula road and only about 11km from Kasane . Well appointed campsites with Braai stands, Thatched shelters with electricity, food preparation area toilet and shower room.
We had stayed the night before at Nata so arrived by 11.30 in the morning. Thank you Lulu for organising a wonderful river trip commencing 2.45 that afternoon. Plenty of time to set up camp, have some cold beers and a bite to eat before driving through on dirt to Kasane and another whole day ahead of us.
The water hole at Senyati is superb. They pump 3,000l per hour 24/7 to keep it full and a constant procession of elephants visit 24 hrs a day. We spent the next day on site relaxing and observing the wildlife & bird life. Very relaxing after many days driving before facing the long drive back to Gaborone. I only discovered the underground hide on the last evening which gives you a spectacular close up view of the wildlife at the waterhole. See photos.
What a wonderful place. We will be visiting again at Christmas assuming they have space available

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Chris S
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Delmas, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

We book a spesefic site a year ago. What a big problem when we arrived. BAD but very BAD service from a lady named Lulu. She seems to dont understand bookings and payments. Whe show twice our EFT payments still she ask for money.

Senyati will see us never ever again!
Two of our company ladys were over 70 and because of her allocating a stand to us, theynwere not be able to walk to the waterhole.

That was why we paid in January our money to get a specific stand.

So, sorry. Never again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank De Klerk E
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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Things have gone badly wrong since our last trip in December to now. The camp sites and accommodation is still very good as well as the bar and watering hole but the admin side has gone to the dumps. Nothing was as we booked it and our group was scattered all over the camp. The staff were very unfriendly and rude at times. They have no proof of payments and bookings in the book were chopped and changed while we were standing there. Senyati will def not see us again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Kalaharikind
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

We spent 3 nights here from 25th September.
The good. Lovely new spacious, clean Chalets. Water cooler AC units and Fans. Kitchen fully kitted out with fridge/freezer, crockery, cutlery etc. Fabulous on-suite bathrooms.
Ablutions per camp site with hot and cold water, clean shower with basin and separate toilet.. Free firewood for the braai and donkey boilers. Mostly shaded, the trees are maintained and growing.
Nice elevated pub with great views of the watering hole.
Elephants and other animals all day and night, lovely sightings.

The bad. Administration
On arrival, we were 5 of our group of 10 vehicles.
We had e-mail confirmation that there would be 6 campsites for us to share, but this was not to be. There were 3 campsites set aside in the 'register' which was changed 3 times while we were trying to check in. On getting to the campsites, one was occupied by strangers that decided to stay an additional day.(we had to fend for ourselves in trying to make do to fit us all in)
Some of our group that had book Chalets were told there were now none for them and they would have to upgrade to bigger units, at additional cost.(which we did as there was no camping available anyway, but not what one would expect after being given confirmed bookings, one of our party had to move chalets on the last night)
Payment collections was a shambles, we had to provide our own proof of payment, and then confirm multiple times that we had paid the balance.

All in all a great experience(ignoring the admin) Be prepared for bookings to be wrong/missing/changed and have patience to get things sorted.

Room Tip: try to get a chalet close to the water hole, the view from most camp sites is blocked by the chalets...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Raymond S
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Paarl, South Africa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We just finished a camping trip across Botswana. We spent some nights that made Senyati look like luxury. It is nice to sometimes still have power, hot water and showers and see such great sightings as we did at Senyati. We enjoyed it very much here and would come back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bokkom
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63 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Be careful with your expectations based on all excellent reviews: these come from the unique experience and atmosphere offers, not from overwhelming high-end luxury: the good thing is that that doesn't matter! The campsite is a lovely place with nicely decorated bathrooms, each campsite has it's own including a convenient veranda and fire pit. The best thing is the wildlife, you will shoot your best elephant & buffalo pictures here, as you can come till 10m (bar), 3m (underground viewpoint) only! It's self-catering so take care of enough food, further you can arrive over the 4x4 road or you can take the detour for the normal cars; senyati is recommended to sign this a little bett, because only the 4x4 road is well signed currently. Great place with lovely owners!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TasmanianTravel
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The lit waterhole at Senyati was created by the owner, it now attracts large groups of elephant at night, sometimes buffalo and occasionally other species. You can very occasionally be disappointed though! (that's wildlife).
The campsite is well thought out, the ablutions are clean, the bar area is raised above the waterhole to give good viewing. the owners are friendly and on-site. There is good free wifi.
The cost of camping is high (300pula/night for 2 people and apparently it's going up) though.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank yenrab666
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Property: Senyati Safari Camp
Address: Nata Kazangula Road, 8km From Kazangula | 10 Km From Chobe National Park and 10km from Kasane, Kasane, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Kasane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Kasane
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aircon is provided in our self-catering chalets and our campsites are all equipped with private toilet and shower. Our campsites also each have a 220V electric point, a cooking area and a private braai area. All campsites also have hot water basins for the washing up of dishes. Free Wifi internet and free entrance to the photographic elephant hide for all guests. Guests can take photos at ground level, literally centimetres away from the elephants. Chalets are fully equipped with aircondioners, stoves, microwaves, fridges, crockery, cutlery, glasses, bedlinnen, mosquito nets and much more. Senyati is located around a waterhole which is lit throughout the night, 24/7. A small Serengeti. While sipping sundowners at the "bar with the best view in the world" you will be entertained by a constant flow of animals...elephant, giraffe, zebra, of buffalo, warthogs, roan antelope, sable. By campfire or in your bed you will have a lullaby of the cry of the hyena, the bark of the jackal and the roar of lion... Senyati also arranges Victoria Falls transfers, Chobe River cruises, tiger fishing trips, safari drives, airport transfers and much more. The reception area is equipped with a small shop, selling souveniers, fire wood, meat and other daily necessities. ... more   less 

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