I had read the reviews on here and was really looking forward to this part of our trip around Zimbabwe but was very disappointed. When we first arrived I was very impressed with the accommodation - we were staying in a river lodge which was lovely. The food was nice as well.
Some of the staff were very friendly - Primrose and Audrey in particular. We were shown all the activities that were on offer. Unfortunately EVERYTHING there to do had a price. Even to view a lion cub cost $20 US per person! We had gone to lion and cheetah park in Harare the week before and played with lion cubs for only $5US each!
I was a little unsure of what the lion breeding programme was for exactly. They have only released a handful of lions into the wild in the last 15 years or so. And as lions are not endangered (they are not breeding white lions) I was unsure of what the aim was really. There are many other animals that need breeding programmes - wild dogs and white rhino etc.
Another off putting part of the camp was the amount of 'volunteers'. The camp had about 15 volunteers helping out in the camp - these were generally US, UK and Australian people on a gap year. They had a large table in the dining room and were loud all through dinner. My husband and I struggled to hear each other through dinner. Also as soon as the drums signalled dinner the volunteers would race to the front of the queue and we would have to wait in a long queue for dinner.
We went during the rainy season and had a storm one of the nights we were there. I woke up in the night to feel rain coming through the roof right onto my head! Also the mosquito net above our double bed was for a single bed so we could not use it. When I explained all this to the lady on the desk I got a a half hearted sorry.
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