My family (wife and 2 kids, 14 and 12) and I stayed at Oddballs Enclave (which only has 5 tents, so maximum 10 people) for 3 nights. It is very close to the main Oddballs camp. The setting is amazing, and it is incredibly relaxing. The staff are incredible, with Ponnie and Gloria looking after us like Kings. The food is fabulous also. The tented accomodation is very good, beds super comfortable, and even the open air showers are a great experience. The best part of the trip is of course the mokoro rides and the walking safaris. We went out for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. I was wondering how we were going to fill in the rest of the day, but they flew past, chatting to other guests, eating, reading, relaxing etc. Even the kids didnt get bored here. Our guides, Kitso and MD were fabulous, knowledgable and energetic, and made us feel very special. If you had told me would chase Lions on foot before we got there I would have said "no way", but it happened, and was safe, even if it doesn't sound like it. We saw Lions, Elephants, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthogs, Impala, plus more, all at relatively close range, on foot - very different to being in a car or even a 4WD. A really big highlight was the guides taking us to their village on one of the outings. If you want to visit an absolutely authentic african village, then ask your guides if they will do this. They were happy to do it, and many of the local women came to see us with their hand made wares. Whilst it wasn't cheap to buy from them (souvenirs throughout africa are generally exceptionally cheap), we were happy to buy stuff, given we were very lucky to be getting access to their village, and when you see how they live you understand how much it means to them to sell some of the goods they hand craft in the village. If you want to just see a mass amount of animals in a short time, then this isnt the place for you. However if you want a unique African experience, in a stunning location, then I doubt you could surpass this. I would suggest 2-3 days is about the right amount of time here.
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