Having spent 3 nights at Jao Camp in the Delta, we arrived at Kings Pool Camp to a frosty start.
Ndebo was to become later, a wealth of knowledge but when he picked us up at the airstrip, there was little introduction and welcome. We didn't know he was to be our ranger for the duration until we arrived for high tea and our first afternoon drive.
The drive from Chobe airstrip is 45 mins and we arrived at the camp to meet Brett.
The Reception area is beautiful and overlooks a stunning river and the river border of Namibia. A few hippos around and elephant in the distance as a welcome.
The rooms are lovely, spacious and impressive double shower (no tub). The balcony area has a lovely daybed, deck chairs and a plunge pool.
The overall food was average, nothing special. I am a veggie and I found one high tea with no veggie savoury! Meals in general average.
There seemed to be some sort of separation/friction between staff and management and although Brett and Sherie are a lovely couple, management visibility could have been a lot better.
On our last night for instance, our ranger was supposed to join for dinner but didn't and then no-one from management even said goodnight. They just disappeared. We were just left for kitchen staff to see to us. No-one to tell us the plan for our last morning and departure timings. I thought this was very poor.
Most staff seemed to be in training positions and unsure and I feel this is poor for a Premier Camp.
We asked to see the 'hide' which is highly publicised on the Wilderness website and also to see the newly installed Solar panel system. Neither of these were realised, even though we asked again.
In terms of sightings, we saw lots of birds, lots of elephants, some lions that we tracked one morning and a bufalo. The river cruise was good - lots of hippos.
On our last morning we had lions pass through the camp (footprints) and heard roars in the night. Nice hippo activity at night also.
The drives seemed to be of a better knowledgable quality when a more senior member of staff joined us.
For the price we payed and the service we got, I would say, choose another place - we hear Duma Tao is a Classic Camp but better for sightings and service.
I will say when I like a place - this I was disappointed with :-(
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named for Scandinavian royalty, Kings Pool looks out over a sparkling oxbow-shaped lagoon framed with reeds and punctuated by the occasional elephant moving through the water. Expansive decks in the main area echo the natural spaces, and an open-air 'kgotla' (boma) is the perfect setting for fine dining under the stars. Two hides - one with the water (and wildlife!) literally at eye-level - are perfect places to spend your siesta: elephant feet and trunks are almost within touching distance. End the day with sundowners on the elegant, colonial-style Queen Sylvia barge as she cruises down the Linyanti River. • 9 tents • 100% solar • game drives • guided walks • sunken hide • barge cruises • catch-and-release fishing ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kings Pool Camp Hotel Linyanti Reserve