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bots/namb/sa - best viewing from the lodge itself? or is this just seasonal? open to any suggestions!

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hi everyone and thanks for this.

last time i felt when we were at the safari lodges in botswana, we rarely had time to just sit on a deck and watch wildlife. much had to do with the rain that sprinkled exactly whenever we were "home" in the lodge.

my favorite scene was the final moment of botswana at chief's camp when at long last a herd of elephants visited the broad grassland in front of the deck.

if only we didn't have to fly off at the exact moment!

my question: is one lodge better than another in terms of positioning (near a waterhole, for example?) to see game when we are not on the drive?

i really enjoy sitting in "my" room/ deck and watching that way, even if it is just one animal.

is it mostly seasonal? if so, what season?

is it mostly in a game park? if so, what park/ what lodge?

thanks for this. in thinking ahead to what i would really like to see next time, this is next on my list after close-up encounters with animals in a controlled setting/ reserve where we can learn more in depth about a species.

even if it is not a posh lodge, especially if it is someplace that we could stay a few nights in a row, all info most welcome!
thank you!

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