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Which game lodges have you not yet visited but wish to visit soon?

Old May 2nd, 2004, 01:22 AM
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Which game lodges have you not yet visited but wish to visit soon?

Please share with the others which game lodges that you have not yet visited but would like to visit on your next trip (or two).

Here are 25 that I would love to visit. Whether you have 25 to share or 2.5 to share, please post the lodges/camps that you are most looking forward to visit in the future.

1. Singita Sweni/Lebombo, Kruger National Park, South Africa
2. Little Mombo, Moremi, Botswana
3. Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
4. Kwando Kwara, Kwando Reserve, Botswana
5. Kwando Lagoon, Kwando Reserve, Botswana
6. Savuti, Linyati, Botswana
7. Mala Mala, Sabi Sand, South Africa
8. Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Serengeti, Tanzania
9. Tena Tena, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
10. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
11. Puku Ridge, South Luangwa, Zambia
12. Chichele Presidential Lodge, South Luangwa, Zambia
13. Sausage Tree Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
14. Phinda Forest, Kwazulu Natal?, South Africa
15. Duma Tau, Linyati, Botswana
16. Lunga River Lodge, Kafue National Park, Zambia
17. Chief's Camp, Moremi, Botswana
18. King's Pool, Linyati, Botswana
19. Duba Plains, Linyati, Botswana
20. Chikwenya, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
21. Kutandala Camp, North Luangwa, Zambia
22. Makalolo Plains, Hwange, Zimbabwe
23. Jacana, Moremi?, Botswana
24. Little Vumbura, Moremi, Botswana
25. Jack's Camp, Kalahari Desert, Botswana
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Here's mine!

1)Singita Sweni/Lebombo KNP
2)Tinga Private Game Reserve KNP
3)Tintswalo Safari Lodge (Manyeleti Game Reserve)
4)Ivory Lodge (Lion Sands Private Game Reserve)
5)Phinda Vlei

1)Sausage Tree Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
2)Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

2)Duba Plains,Linyati
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Safarinut(or anyone else), what do you know about Tintswalo in the Manyeleti Reserve? We are considering that for an upcoming trip.
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Old Feb 27th, 2006, 10:05 PM
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Wow!!! I pulled this topic out of the archives........

Here's my wish list for all African camps for the future......

1.) Kirawira, serengeti
2.) Mbalageti, serengeti
3.) Sand Rivers-Selous
4.) Migration camp, serengeti
5.) Serian Camp, Masai Mara
6.) Chitabe, Botswana
7.) Vumbura/little vumbura
8.) Tena Tena, Zambia
9.) Mobile safari into the kalahari
10.) Ngala
11.) Londolozi
12.) Phinda- for cheetah viewing (This wish may become a reality during my trip to Souther Africa, Aug 2006)
13.) Luangwa River Lodge (Thanks to all the posts from Rocco.......i put this on my list)
14.) Busanga Plains, Zambia
15.) Palmwag Rhino camp, Namibia
16.) Ongava, Namibia
17.) Ndutu, Serengeti
18.) Duma Tau, Botswana
19.) Selinda, Botswana
20.) Larsen's, Samburu- Kenya

Ok. I'll limit my wish list to 20 and keep it practical.........

Here's my favourites of the one's i have been to: NOt in any particular order...........

1.) Kwando Lebala
2.) Little Mombo
3.) Kwando Lagoon
4.) Duba Plains
5.) Jack's camp, Makgadigadi
6.) Kitchw Tembo- Batleur
7.) Kings Pool
8.) Lion Sands
9.) Kwando Kwara
10.) Mala Mala

I'll limit my list to 10 and on second thought......yes, it appears to be my choice of order......
Old Feb 28th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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Some more wonderful camps you should visit:

- Skeleton coast camp (Namibia);
- Chada, Katavi (Tanzania);
- Jacana (Botswana).

My 3 favorite camps at the moment:

- Palmwag rhino camp;
- Lebala;
- Duba Plains.

By the way congratulations with your trip to Phinda. I am curious to hear your comments about it.


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Have not been, but want to visit in next couple of years:

South Africa
Phinda--looking forward to your report and congratulations on the auction.
Mala Mala

Duba Plains

Elephant Camp in Samburu


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Old Feb 28th, 2006, 07:19 PM
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Thanks Johan, Atravelynn......

Yes...i will keep those lodges in mind too.....Phinda...yes, the auction was for 2 nigths at forest lodge and 3 nights their walking safari......i figure i get plenty of walking prior to my Kwando trip where i am going to be sitting on the 4WD for 10 days......also, hopefully great cheetah viewing at Phinda.....

So, Johan.......that's a total of 15 nights now (Phinda,lagoon,lebala,Kwara Island camp).......all prime cheetah areas in Southern Africa.....

Yes, definitely will keep you posted

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Hi Everyone,

I've enjoyed reading your postings, so I thought I would join in.

Places I'd like to visit:
Any camp in Etosha
Kaingo camp (Shenton Safaris in Zambia - anyone been there and have any info to share? Looks great.)
Any camp in Kafue

Heading off in late May for 5 nights at Kwara Island, 5 nights at Duba Plains and 6 nights at Zib. Will be happy to report on my trip and post photos upon my return.

This will be our 3rd safari - fell in love with it after the first. Have visited:
River Club; Kulefu and Kiubo in Lower Zambezi (not sure if they are still open or under different names); Nsefu in South Luangwa (beautiful); Machaba (now closed I think) and Shinde (lovely) in Botswana; Gomo Gomo in Timbavati, S.A.; Simbambili in Sabi area, S.A. (ultra comfortable, lots of game); and Mashatu (very different than typical Botswana) in Tuli Block, Botswana.

I've loved everywhere we've been, but would choose Botswana and Zambia (saw an aardvark!) over S.A. because I prefer the feeling of a more secluded, wilder experience. I enjoy my creature comforts, but don't need over the top luxury. And I like being only 1 of a couple vehicles in thousands of kilometres.

Unfortunately, we can't get to Africa as often as we would like, but our next trip will likely focus on Zambia. And reading your postings lets me live vicariously through all of you.

Hope to see some of you in Botswana later in May!
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Hi jjmb:
looking forward to your report after your May trip.
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jjmb, we are leaving for Botswana and Zambia June 16th. First trip to Africa and will be staying at some of the camps you've stayed at, Duba Plains, River Club and Nsefu. We are also staying at Kwetsani, Duma Tau and Tena Tena. Eight weeks from today, and I can't contain my excitment as this will be a dream come true.
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Pl.keep us posted on the new Kwara Island camp......you would be one of the first ppl to visit ofcourse, with the camp due to open on May 1.

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Kaingo is an excellent owner run camp that I enjoyed in June 2004. The owners, Derek & Jules Shenton, are fantastic hosts, and the guiding at Kaingo is second to none. Although I enjoyed myself there in June, I imagine that by September/October it is truly an amazing camp with all of its animal hides, as well as fantastic views of the Luangwa River right from the camp, located on a high bank overlooking the river. Really, all one has to do is take about 20 paces forward from their tent and they will be overlooking the Luangwa with dozens of hippos and nile crocodiles right below!

Kaingo is definitely one of the reasons why Zambia has become my favorite destination. A combination with Puku Ridge or Luangwa River Lodge in South Luangwa, and a combination with Sausage Tree Camp, Chiawa and/or Old Mondoro in Lower Zambezi would be an amazing itinerary.

I will likely next be in Zambia late this September/early this October on an educational/familiarization trip, checking out North Luangwa, the Upper Zambezi and other places. I am really struggling with the decision whether or not to visit Mwamba, which is Kaingo's bushcamp...although I have visited Kaingo, I have not yet visited Mwamba and it looks to be in a fantastic location. Definitely when and if you visit Kaingo, I think a couple nights at Mwamba would also be nice.

In case you are interested, here is my photo album from my June 2004 visit to South Luangwa:


Forgive the bad photos...it was my last trip before upgrading to an SLR camera and I really had no clue what I was doing with a camera back then (not that I am an expert, by any means, now). Most of my hippo photos were taken from Kaingo's hippo hide and these were taken with what amounted to a maximum 200mm zoom point and shoot camera. I can only imagine the great hippo shots available to anyone taking a real camera.

Forget about my photo album, if you want to see an amazing photo album, take a look at this from Jules Shenton (one of the owners of Kaingo)


If you are planning a potential visit for 2006, I would not lose any time as in a recent correspondence with Jules, she said bookings have been their best ever for Kaingo this year.
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mara explorer - heard great things about location, game and luxury ! Serious southern africa bias on this thread ...
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- Mombo or Little Mombo
- Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
- Lake Manyara
- The Aman Resort that is rumored to be coming to Kenya

+ I've gotta get to the Seychelles, Cape Town and the wine region!!!
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1. greystoke
2. mombo/little mombo
3. kaingo
4. kwando camps
5. any kafue lodge
6. mala mala
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Old Jun 14th, 2006, 02:11 AM
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Gaurang, Hi! This is the thread...i was talking about....

Old Jun 14th, 2006, 02:38 AM
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Thanks Hari

Looking at this thread, everyone will be in Southern Africa - I might have Tsavo all to myself
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Rocco, I can't do a list - it would be pages and pages and pages long.

I would love to visit soooo many of the very many camps discussed here every day in both East and Southern Africa.

Let alone revisiting those I've already been to!
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Old Jun 14th, 2006, 06:25 AM
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Since this list was created, just over two years ago, I have been able to tick off #3, #10, #11 and #12 from my list (Chiawa, Crater Lodge, Puku Ridge & Chichele).

I am scheduled to visit #4, #5 and #17 this November (Kwara, Lagoon and Chiefs Camp).

The #1 on the list would drop down the list as the gameviewing is not as strong as for Singita Boulders/Ebony.

New interests of mine include:

Chada Katavi (Nomad)
Sand Rivers, Selous (Nomad)
Migration Camp, Serengeti (Elewana), Somalisa, Hwange (African Bushcamps) Pamushana, Malilangwe Reserve (www.pamushana.com)
Baines Camp, Okavango Delta (Sanctuary and scheduled on my November visit) Mkuze Falls, Kwa Zulu Natal (www.mkuzefalls.com)
Greystoke Mahale (Nomad)
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Old Jul 23rd, 2006, 11:12 PM
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Need to alter my wish list: Here is my current list.....(in no particular order): Some that seemed very fashionable when i put in my original list has gone out of my wish list, some remain, some are "in vogue". Anyways, good fun dreaming!!!

2.)Chitabe/Chitabe trails
3.)Tanzania under canvas (serengeti)
4.)Kaingo, South Luangwa
5.)Kafue, Busanga plains Zambia
6.)Mobile safari into the Kalahari
7.)Serian camp, Masai Mara
8/)Sand rivers, Selous
10.)Chada, Katavi
11.)Palmwag Rhino, Namibia
12.)Wolvedans, Namibia
13.)The Hide, Hwange
14.)Makalolo, Hwange
16.)Phinda (will be there in 3 weeks)
18.)Little vumbura (lots of cheetah action at the moment!!!)


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