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.
- 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