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Reviewed September 7, 2017

We stayed here for a night before a flight out. The front desk staff were helpful. Rooms were clean but basic. Each suite had 2 rooms with beds and bathroom and separate sitting area/kitchen. We sat on deck overlooking dry riverbed. We ate dinner and breakfast here too. Food was good and service was pretty fast. We wanted to go birding one morning before our midday flight.. the manager at the desk agreed to take us for a walk along the river. It didn't look like much but we got 15 new birds in 3 hours (after 10 days on safari). Pretty incredible. The manager had no idea of the birds names but she pointed them all out. She even found a hammerkop nest and a giant eagle owl in town! She had a good time with us and didn't charge us anything for the walk. Great service!

Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Sue K
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Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

We asked to see the self catering cottage. It looked okay at a glimpse but we were disappointed. The mattress was old and lumpy and uncomfortable. I slept on the couch the second night. We reported a broken bedside lamp and nothing was done to repair it. Pots and utensils inadequate for self catering. Curtains not fitting properly. Curtain rod broken. Staff unfriendly. Linen old and pillows old. Overpriced for what you get. Gardens were neat and the pool was clean.
Garden rubbish dumped over the wall on the river side. Garden on road way was uninviting. Needs maintenance and staff training. Would not stay there again.

Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank loldebug
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Reviewed June 5, 2017

Rivernest is on the main highway NORTH of Maun (Mah-oon to locals). This means that if you are traveling to points south you have to skirt downtown Maun. It is close to the airport and close to the main road from it. So it is convenient for air travel. It is also convenient for driving north to Okavango, Moremi, and Caprivi.

There is no river adjacent Rivernest. Just a dry aroyo which likely flows in the rainy season. Parking is secure in a gated parking lot. Accommodation is in comfortable suites in detached buildings that house duplex suites. Suites have a living room with kitchenette, bar table, and fridge. Suites have basic, but functional furniture. It was clean with spotless bathroom. Met our requirements.

The grounds are compact with groomed gardens. Pleasing so close to the city. Although it is close the highway, it is far enough distant that traffic noise is barely audible.

Breakfast was wholesome and commendable with buffet bar. There is a small pool adjacent a raised deck, which appears to be intended for gatherings.

Viola, the manager was knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. She can be a great resource if you are going to visit Okavango and Moremi. The staff was also attentive and helpful.

In summary, for us, it was good value. We believe, you are unlikely to go wrong at Rivernest. We will stay here if/when we pass through Maun again. Especially if Viola is manager.

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank bajaya
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Reviewed May 15, 2017

We had booked ahead, arrived at 7pm after a 10 hour drive. The place was deserted. The cook had "gone home" so the restaurant was shut. No bar, nothing.

The room was dirty, the door looked as if it had been forced open. It was bleak. The light bulbs didn't all work, there was no air conditioner or fan. Large windows opened low onto veranda (did not feel very secure) and more importantly, without netting would let bugs and mosquitoes straight in.

This was beyond budget (not that it was cheap by any means), it was not very nice.

We left without staying

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank 99Alicia2006
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Reviewed April 17, 2017

Lovely stay. Very clean and spacious rooms and pretty grounds. Excellent breakfast. Friendly and helpful staff. For those who want it, good wifi too. We've visited Botswana every couple of years since 1995 and Rivernest will be our place in Maun.

Highly recommended, especially since it is owned and operated by local Batswana.
This is quite rare since most all of Maun's travel industry has traditionally been owned and operated by South African or UK/European companies offering little opportunity for local people to get a piece of the huge income generated by Maun's location as the gateway to the Okavango delta. We sincerely hope that this changes soon.

Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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