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“Steenbok mobile camping safari was too 'down to earth' for us”
Review of Steenbok Safari

Steenbok Safari
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

My husband and I have just completed what was planned to be a 9 night camping safari from Maun, Botswana to Chobe National Park – involving nights at Nxai Pan, Chief’s Island (in the Delta), Moremi Game Reserve, Magotho, Savute, Linyanti and Chobe. I had read a good review of Steenbok Safaris on TripAdvisor and so emailed Moabi to ask if he could include all these places on a mobile camping safari. To his credit, he agreed to do all we asked for, but it did end up being too long (my fault) and disappointing for several reasons.
Please be warned that most of the roads in these areas are extremely rough with deep sand, corrugations, holes and trees to avoid; it is not a comfortable ride and there is considerable chance of vehicle breakdown in remote and potentially dangerous locations. Moabi’s vehicle had bench seating, no hand rail and limited leg room, and this became a big issue for us given we were being jolted around for 6-8hours a day (morning and afternoon game drives and travel between parks). We also encountered a major problem with regards the food supplied on this trip. We did not expect anything special, but despite requesting to be involved in grocery shopping for the trip, this was ignored and the amount, variety and quality of food was most unsatisfactory – eg one loaf of bread and 18 rolls for 4 people for 7 days, and a choice of tinned pilchards or tinned beef with the same basic salad most nights. Be warned – there is virtually no food supply after leaving Maun until almost reaching Chobe. And the fridge barely worked the entire journey. No matter with whom you choose to travel, insist on checking the food and seating arrangements before heading off.
We were thankful that Moabi did arrange some additional food to supplement our supplies towards the end of the trip which we decided to cut short by 2 days with Moabi’s blessing - Linyanti scrapped and Chobe for 1 night only. We do appreciate Steenbok accommodating our change in plans, and arranging our stay at Chobe Self Catering in Kasane which was an absolute god send. Owner Trish Williams, her staff and our comfortable, spacious room with kitchen and ensuite, located close to shops helped us recharge our batteries at a very affordable rate.
On a positive note, Moabi has eyes like a hawk and was relentless in his efforts to find animals – and we saw plenty of impala, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, baboons, kudus etc. His delightful and caring assistant Shaa was ever accommodating, and his skills at setting up camp and cleaning up after meals in virtual darkness (because there was only one torch) were a sight to behold (if only we could have seen him!).
We spent one afternoon and evening on Chief’s Island in the care of Oscar and his wife from Nxumu Adventure Safari. We had a great time getting to and from the island by mokoro( thanks Emmanuel). Chief’s Island is the one place visitors can walk instead of always being in a vehicle. Oscar’s entertaining bushman walk, campfire stories, morning walk (following animal tracks on foot) and delicious meals were most enjoyable. The whole Nxumu team were most attentive and made us feel very special.
On this trip we wanted to supply a few schools with soccer balls and we must acknowledge Moabi’s help in organising visits to do this. We would suggest any visitors to developing countries check the ‘Pack for a Purpose’ website to find suitable items to donate – it is very satisfying seeing the joy on the children’s faces.
On Day 9 Moabi and Shaa drove us to the Zambian border to start the next leg of our adventure. We were impressed by their genuine interest in our thoughts about the trip. Moabi actively sought our feedback, good and bad, and we were left with the impression that he is keen to improve the quality of his tours going forward. He said he had already made enquiries about hand rails, foot rests and seat belts to improve the safety and comfort of future clients.
Now that the trip is over, we find it quite humourous looking back – but do remember the road conditions are very rough! We broke down twice and are very grateful to those who stopped to help – especially Brad and Kate from Cape Town, (travelling in their Lund Rover – not misspelt!) who were so helpful; Brad was resourceful with his bag of Odds & Ends and Kate was bubbly and full of camping tips. Sabine and Karl also stopped and the breakdown was actually quite a pleasure with such company.

4  Thank DHTragic
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

Last week, we (wife, 3 kids and myself) did a 2 day overnight camping safari with Steenbok Safari. While we only met Moabi for 5 seconds when he came to introduce himself, the other guides were excellent. Their driver picked us up from our lodge in Victoria Falls at the appointed time (7.30 am) and escorted us accross the Botswana border ahead of the huge toursit group). The Steenbok Safari driver took us to Chobe where guide Charles took us on a personalized siteseeing cruise along the Chobe river. Saw giant hippos, buffaloes, lizards and crocs up close and personal. Then lunch at Chobe safari lodge. Then we met Nico, our guide for the next day and a half and onto safari. Over the next day and a half, we saw nearly everything including 4 lion spottings 2 of them within touching distance. Nico was really excellent. The camping was great. They booked a campsite in the middle of Chobe park and it was a great experience hearing the roar of the lions in the middle of the night and being visited by a herd of buffalo while eating breakfast at 6.30 am. They went out of their way for us with our special dietary requirements - we only eat Kosher, so we barbecued salmon that they bought for us). With hindsight, I would have done the cruise on the second day as that whole day safari was quite long. Nico again escorted us back to the border where Steenbok Safari's Zimbabwe driver met us again and drove us back to our Vic Falls lodge. All in all a great experience.

3  Thank Wayne88
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

We had the greatest time in Botswana with Moabi and Steenbok Safaris! We wanted to go to Botswana and to see Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and Kalahari. On a very short notice, Moabi and Steenbok Safaris managed to arrange everything and all details perfectly (even though he prefers people to contact him well in advance he is extremely capable, since he still managed to arrange everything for us). Sleeping in a tent among lions, leopards and cheetahs may sound dangerous, but we always felt very safe with Moabi and his capable assistants! There was never anything to worry about. Also, we were very impressed by the great food they managed to prepare at the camp - morning, midday and dinner. You shold remember to confirm your booking and pay 25 % in advance, so Moabi can book the good camping sites (there are not so many!). Regarding the animals, we saw everything we possibly could have wished for - and a lot more due to the excellent tracking skills of Moabi ("eagle eye") Marambo! We will definetely come back - next time bringing our kids. They are only 6 and 10, and therefore too young for the very first safari!! Travelling with Steenbok Safaris again will be the obvious choice for us! Highly recommendable :-)
Louise and Søren

5  Thank Louise K
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We enjoyed our trips with Steenbok Safari's very much. Our guide Moabi (also owner) is extremely customer-friendly and very knowledgeable. We did morning/afternoon safari's, a daytrip to Victoria Falls, a fishing trip and a river cruise on the Chobe river. All were very well-organized, mostly due to the fact that because Steenbok Safari's isn't a big touroperator and therefore able to do a lot of 'private' tours for the same price as you normally get. Moabi also organizes tours outside of Chobe, such as camping safari's in Moremi Game Reserve. All in all, we had a very good experience and recommended to all!

4  Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

The owner of Steenbok, Moabi, has worked for big safari operators in the past, but now runs his own business and does an excellent job. We booked an afternoon boat trip on the Chobe River, an all day game drive in Chobe National Park, and a day trip to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. All these tours (plus others) can be booked via Steenbok's web site http://www.steenboksafari.com/. Questions and itineraries can be easily discussed by e-mail. Tours must be paid in advance by wire transfer.

Moabi provides outstanding service. After we arrived in Kasane, he came to our lodge (Thebe River) to discuss our tours. The day trip in Chobe Park was a high point. Moabi is extraordinarily knowledgeable about the wildlife and where to find them. The day trip to Victoria Falls involves a hand-off to a Zimbabwean guide at the Botswana-Zim border which Moabi arranges. The Zim guide was also excellent. Any trip to Kasane should include a late afternoon boat cruise (takes about 3 hours) as this is when the animals come down to drink. Again, we saw lots of wildlife from a very different perspective from what you see on the road.

I was traveling with my wife and 21 year old daughter. We had a wonderful experience. Prices are reasonable. We also liked supporting a local small businessman. He does an outstanding job.

4  Thank J-Montana
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