I feel sorry to write only an average review. The camp experience, rangers and facilities are great, but the actual game safari is a real let down because of the scarcity of game and it is hard to spot interesting animals.
The tents are large and comfortable. There is a rudimentary bathroom including a shower for each tent ( cold water only though!). The food is really good and well done to the cook who manages to pull this off in the middle of the jungle. The staff could not be nicer or more helpful. Rangers are great, very knowledgeable about the jungle, incredibly nice and helpful. They really went over the top to ensure we would have a good experience. The evenings were fun with a bonfire and nicely presented dinner.
The 4x4 cars are well equipped and there are always drinks on board.
However the reserve itself is very disappointing. It is small with not enough game and there are too many cars driving around. Maybe it was worse because of the Christmas period but still I have never experienced this in Africa. It is very rare to see a leopard, and therefore it is misleading to call it a leopard safari. We saw one once for a few seconds over our two day safari and most people in the camp never saw one. It is possible to see elephants from time to time, and otherwise it is mostly about birds, wild boar, deer, crocodiles and monkeys. There is little diversity. Sometimes we drove for an hour without seeing anything apart from deer and birds.
As soon as one spots something of interest, eg an elephant, you immediately have eight cars speeding to the area and the animal goes away. It was tedious to wake up so early in the morning and see nothing. This is a nature reserve with beautiful birds rather than a game reserve, and the fact that there are too many people allowed at any point in time in the reserve clearly scares away the animals - given the density of trees and plants it is hard to see anything unless animals are close to the road, and they tend to keep away from it, probably because of the constant traffic of cars.
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- Leopard Trails bespoke tented safaris redefine the original tented safari with convenient modern-day amenities, all the while staying true to the romantic ambiance of a by-gone British colonial era filled with adventure. Tented Safaris is the most authentic form of safari, a true immersion into the sights and sounds of the wilderness. ... more less
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