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“Bush Camping”

Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Serowe
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

Unfortunately our camping van came in well after dark and going over a bad bump the trailer hitch broke. So we had to set up tents in the dark, then had to drive back out to get to the
dining room which indeed had no atmosphere at all. Had to walk in the dark to the bathrooms situated too far away from the tents. Didn't go out on the game drive and so much time was lost in the morning with breakfast and then our driver trying to get the bill taken care of for the night stay and the hitch repaired. So this "bush" camping experience didn't go as well as it maybe could have if we had arrived in the late afternoon????

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Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

It's hard to believe that people poach these incredible animals.

Go to the pan. Sit and wait. You'll see most animals there up close.

Great experience.

We stayed in the campsite. Lovely clean ablutions with hot water.

3  Thank Reschndler
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

The rhino in the wild faces certain extinction. Maybe in my lifetime, maybe in my grandchilden's. Hunted by ruthless poachers - mostly South African, Zimbabwean or Namibian hunters - these magnificent animals are slaughtered by AK47s, silenced high-powered rifles even helicopters so their horns can be ground down for use by ghastly Vietnamese and Chinese punters who delude themselves that this "muti" will cure anything from erectile dysfunction to cancer. Rhino horn fetches US$80,000-!00,00 a kilo, more than gold or heroin.

The Khama sanctuary will be one of the few places on earth where you will be able to see these animals - outside a zoo- pretty much in a wilderness setting in the not-too-distant future. It's 100,000 acres, shortly to be doubled to 200,000 acres. Set around 3 beautiful open pans that have just a touch of the Ngorogoro crater the sanctuary has over 30 rhinos and plenty of other game:wildebeest, giraffe, gemsbok, impala....

The accommodation is basic but comfortable. You can camp. Staff are helpful if a tad chaotic. Food is adequate. The restaurant burnt down last year so a makeshift tent has been set up. It's not a lodge and it's not meant to be judged as one. Its primary purpose is to provide the rhino a place to breed and survive. The founders and Ian Khama, its patron and President of Botswana and probably the most enlightened African leader now that Mandela has passed away, deserve to be congratulated and supported.

We saw some rhino in the wild in the Kruger in South Africa ( in my humble opinion the greatest game park not just because it has everything but also because it's accessible and you can stay at SanPark lodges that don't charge silly prices) but their future is far from secure. They remain desperately vulnerable mostly from transfrontier poachers who come in from Mozambique so places like the Khama Sanctuary need all the support they can get.

You'll need a 4x4 to do self-drive. Be patient and a little indulgent. But if you're in that neck of the woods it's worth a detour.

4  Thank Slowflyer
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

The campsites are all placed so that you feel you're alone in the world. Lots of privacy and lots of room. drinking water, no electricity, braai.

located in the wildpark. We drove a 16-ton truck which was a little on the big side, but okay.

The amount of wildlife was concentrated around the pans. Self-drive or guided safaris possible.
2WD possible when dry, but check at gate.

2  Thank Mischa_zelf
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

went to Khama Rhino Sanctuary with Naga Safaris mobile safari and its located in Maun, Botswana,well we did game drives and we saw different types of wildlife, it was fantastic, lovely, the guide for Naga Mobile Safaris was good, he understood animal behavior, we enjoyed the game drives there. we were using Private tents provided by Naga Safaris, it was wonderful, their equipment is of good quality as they provided water system toilets and very comfortable beds and delicious food. it was lovely.

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