First impression: perfect location, nice banda's, roomy with a large bathroom and a shower giving good hot water in the evening. All day elephants are wandering around the premises. In the morning you van have coffee brought to your banda at 6:30, so you start the day sitting on your veranda watching lots of hippo's, pelicans, baboons and much more.
Breackfast is served at the table and is good with eggs-to-order, toast and fruit. Lunch buffet is quite good, dinner buffet is ok as well.
Game drives are quite good, saw kudu's really close, a nice elephant show (standing on their back legs trying to reach some high leaves) and a leopard for about 2 seconds. Despite what their website says, they don't do the walking safari anymore, as they feel the park rangers are nog qualified for this. In 2010 there were two incidents where a tourist was killed by an elephant, and a park ranger was killed by a hippo. They want to get the walking safari's organised by own professionally trained staff but that seems to take a lot of paperwork.
The lodge consists of two groups of banda's, each having an own restaurant. I think the river banda's with the lower restaurant are the best choice, as you are closer to the river. This is also the place for some pre-dinner drinks around the camp-fire. Also the steps to the the higher restaurant are quite steep.
All in all an excellent lodge with everything you could wish for during a safari.
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