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“Breathtaking location”
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Saile Tented Camp
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“Breathtaking location”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

My husband, teenage son, and I recently spent two nights at Saile Camp. We were the only guests at this very remote camp which seems to accept no more than five guests at a time. The Camp is sited on a ridge above the Linyanti river. We saw elephants, baboons, warthogs, cape buffalo, giraffes, waterbucks, and many species of birds from the front porch of our tent. We also saw these animals as well as zebras, wildebeasts, and impala on game drives. The highlight was the many, many elephants on game drives and a boat ride. It is amazing to see these huge animals at close range swimming and taking dust baths. The best part of all of these sitings is that we and our guide, Foster, were the only people around.

Saile Camp is a special place but it's definitely not for everyone. The tents are very nice and extremely clean (it's a mystery how Sulu is able to banish all signs of dust in dry Botswana) but there is no electricity and the bucket shower takes some getting used to. Further, it is simultaneously wonderful and unnerving to be the only guests at such a remote location. All of the staffs' efforts are focused on you. That's a little strange unless you were raised with staff attending to your every need. That said, the staff are wonderful. Very warm and caring. The chef, Alfred, is a genius. He is able to whip up very tasty and interesting food, including fresh baked bread, using only an open fire. Foster, our guide, was very knowledgable. We very much enjoyed our walking safari with him.

If you are seeking a true bush experience during your visit to Botswana, Saile Camp is worth a look.

Room Tip: All of tents have an amazing view of the Linyanti river.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

We spent 2 nights at Saile Camp, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was real bush camping but with 5 star attention from Dennis and his team. Our greeting on arrival by the staff singing for us was lovely, then a nice refreshing wash cloth and a cold drink. Each day we would be surprised by a new way of having our fresh towels presented on our beds. Showers were in the attached outside ensuite via a large canvas camp shower which was filled with perfect temperature water heated by the staff and delivered exactly at the time we requested it. The flush toilet was located in a seperate enclosed section of the tent. The camp is not fenced, so after a lovely dinner and a couple of drinks around the fire, we were escorted to our tents each night by Dennis or one of the team, and slept very safely and soundly in comfortable beds. Each morning we were woken to a cheerful "Good morning" as fresh, warm water was brought to our canvas hand basins just outside our front door. Then over to the main tent for breakfast before going off on the first of our game drives for the day. Dennis ensured we saw everything that was available, and took us "bush bashing" to track down (and find) two adult male lions. Such an exciting drive with a great end result. All our meals were first class, and the team were so polite and friendly. We had afternoon game drives each day with sundowners on the way home. Dennis was a wealth of information about the animals and terrain, and such good company. We were very sad to leave, but hope to return some day. Thank you Dennis and your team for making our short stay so memorable. Mick will always remember the "bloody warthogs" :)

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

This was just what we were looking for in our trip! We felt always well taken care of. The staff were generous and gracious. Our guide, Dennis was an amazing wealth of knowledge and so much fun to be with. And he found the lions for us!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Saile Tented Camp

Property: Saile Tented Camp
Address: Linyanti Marsh, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Linyanti Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Linyanti Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A wild Africa under canvas in a remote private concession in the Chobe Enclave within the Linyanti area, offering a down to earth adventure for small groups and independent travellers. The search for unique wildlife sightings will heighten your senses and take you back to the original safari tented camp. Birding, tracking herds of buffalo and lion are a few highlights of this remote experience, whilst staying in a small 8 bedded camp near the Linyanti Marsh. ... more   less 

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