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#2 of 4 campsites in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Botswana
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Wulf Linder wrote a review Jun 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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Ta Shebube
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
very disapointed !!!
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Good day,
My wife and I spent two nights at the 5 stars Polentswa lodge on the 23th and 24th of May.
I must say that this was the worst 5 star place we have ever been.
We must say that the staff was very friendly and tried their best. The whole complex is run down. No fridge in the tent, only cold water in the morning because the solar heating system is obviously outdated, the water pressure is so low that the shower head is only dripping. No Tv,, no internet access on te second day.
The quality of the meals is as such ok. But if you book a 5 star lodge you expect something different. It was local food but not at all something according to the price of Pula 8000 which we have paid. There was no coffee machine , we could only choose between two white and two red wines. There was no bar with special drinks.
Please explain to me what is luxurious at the lodge ? We liked the location and the the view. But that was it.
Three stars would be maximum adequate.
We expect that you pay us back Pula 3200.
The booking of the 5 star lodge was thought as a surprise to pamper her. It was a real shock for her.
With kind regards
Dr iur Wulf Linder

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Date of stay: May 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Rosamund H wrote a review Nov 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Watch the purple dawn through the floor to ceiling windows from the spectacular ridge position of the lodges at Ta Shebube, explore the Kgalagadi wildlife at dawn and dusk on safari drives and enjoy the simple but imaginative, freshly cooked food in the open (but roofed) shared eating and sitting area whilst watching out for wildlife below the ridge. Listen to the sounds of the wildlife as you have a shower in one of the spacious but simply furnished lodges' ensuite open roofed hot water showers. Be prepared for hot days but cool, or even very cold, nights. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff with meticulous housekeeping. Loved the hot water bottles! Unforgettable few days.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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T5025DQmichaelr wrote a review Dec 2016
Kigali
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Rooiputs lodge. This has a spectacular location, with comfortable cabins and communal areas overlooking the Kalahari sands on its own concession. The individual cabins were very comfortable, large deck, but sliding glass doors had to be closed at night (animals), blocking air flow. I'm normally a positive reviewer, but we ran into a few issues at Rooiputs. It has the ambition and price of top Botswana lodges (we had just come from Okavango), but falls short on how the place is managed, and the indifferent open vehicle game drive on dust-filled roads within the Kgalagadi park, rather than on the privacy of its own concession. Service at meal times was sluggish, we had to ask for rather than be offered what was needed to accompany our meals (food was excellent), and sensed as guests we were at times incidental to the daily routine of the lodge. Rooiputs is a pale shadow of its Okavango peers, and is quite frankly overpriced. A pity, since a gear shift in management could very quickly overcome these shortfalls. Rooiputs would benefit from a better road sign.
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Date of stay: December 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dylan w wrote a review Aug 2016
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was without doubt one of the best places I've stayed in Africa. I grew up in Botswana years ago and stumbling across this remote game reserve recently with my wife and then the beautiful and luxurious setting that Tashebube presents was amazing. Merci and her staff showed us excellent and heartfelt service and through Otolengi they have the most expert and knowledgeable game guide. I would recommend this to anyone and well worth the remote drive to get there.
The area is so rich with predators feeding off the game that live in the riverbed and we saw amazing close ups of all the different species in their natural habit without days of tracking. We also saw a cheetah kill and lions sleeping next to our lodge which made for quite an experience.
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There are no bad rooms here.
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Gro_Bryne wrote a review Nov 2014
Bryne, Norway
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two nights at the Polentswa lodge and enjoyed a fantastic adventure. The knowledgeable guides were vital for us to have most valuable game tours.
The accomodation at the lodge was absolutely splendid. Very nice tent, very good beds, amazing view. The view from the bed out in the desert, watching different animals at the waterhole in the early morning was stunning.
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Date of stay: November 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Select view to the waterhole.
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Vishal N wrote a review Jul 2022
Durban, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
1. Poor communication pre arrival as multiple delivered emails went unresponded to AND despite engaging with their staff on two occasions at Twee Rivieren the week before, there was still no reply;
2. Preferences sent on email were disregarded especially dietary requirements;
3. There was no orientation to the resort upon arrival;
4. The plumbing to the toilet was faulty;
5. The water supply was ceased with no notice;
6. Alarmingly, and at risk I went to the main lodge thrice that night unaccompanied to summon assistance, only to note repeatedly that there were no staff overnight to attend!!!;
7. Meals were not accompanied by even the offer of a drink, and the game drives were equally lacking with no drinks nor snacks;
8. Given these inadequacies, The Manageress provided assurance of a nights refund, and this proved to be a blatant lie upon my follow up with the office in Botswana.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Shabani Ndzinge, General Manager at Ta Shebube
Responded 29 Jan 2023
This has been the most damning review that we have ever received. We initially decided not to respond to the review, hence this delayed response. If there is one thing that this review highlighted for us, is the importance of effective communication, and that this applies to all parties involved in any conversation. To start with, our email system failed at the material time, rendering our emails undeliverable not only to the reviewer but to several of our other clients, as we later found out. Within two weeks of this episode, we changed our email system to one that is completely reliable, and we have not had a repeat of that type of communication problem ever since. The second failure in communication was that we could not reach the reviewer through phone calls once we became aware of the problem, as he was already in the Park (KTP) where connectivity is a major challenge. The third failure in communication was that an understandably irate guest was reportedly not in the mood for any form of briefing on essential procedural protocols on arrival, and regrettably we failed to later create an atmosphere conducive for the conduct of the briefing that was so critical for a first-time visitor to the Rooiputs camp. This third failure in communication led to some of the shortcomings highlighted by the reviewer. We have learned valuable lessons from this entire episode. We did apologise to the reviewer after the complaint was registered with management of the company, adding to the apology already offered by lodge management at Rooiputs. We wish to take this opportunity to humbly request all our guests who bring equipment and electric accessories that consume large amounts of power, such as electric heaters and electric blankets, to please always alert lodge management of this prior to operating any such equipment and accessories. In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, power and water are scarce resources, that call for our collective efforts to safeguard their sustainable consumption. We rely on renewable energy for our power needs at our establishments in the Park. Water reticulation at Rooiputs is dependent on power. We welcome and highly appreciate feedback on our service delivery and on the functionality of our facilities, as that helps us to better assure quality service delivery for the benefit of all our guests. We look forward to giving you quality service and to aid your attainment of a memorable experience each time you visit our camps in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. I am delighted to announce that plans are at an advanced stage to re-open Polentswa by the beginning of April 2023. Best regards.
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Beth S wrote a review Aug 2016
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely four day stay with great staff and super fun guide, they made my 67th birthday special. A comfy lodge in the wild, that one can expect the unexpected, and out of the blue a large male lion and his female came into the lodge for a visit, was brilliant!! I have not forgotten the experience and never will, just could'nt believe it. The guide was great, fun sense of humour, the only downside the food was not to the standard of the lodge.
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Date of stay: June 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Arturito_Bxl wrote a review Mar 2016
Court-Saint-Etienne, Belgium
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for real wilderness in the Kgalagadi Dessert this is the place to go. Fantastic eco-lodge in the middle of the dessert with astonishing views and without the roughness that usually comes with this kind of places. Not bling-bling either. Just perfect. Astrid and all her staff will pamper you and make you feel like at home while you enjoy wildlife.
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Date of stay: February 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Marcus wrote a review Mar 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately we only stayed for to nights. The morning and afternoon game drives were magnificent and the guide Mr. T had keen eyes. Dependent the remote place of the lodge the dinners were fantastic. A very goog selection of local food. The hut had a lovely view to the waterhole. It was very clean. If there would be something to improve I would have loved a lounger instead of a chair on the veranda of the hut.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Scenic63701459895 wrote a review Oct 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having spent time at most of the SAN Parks self catering bush lodges over the years, we decided to try a catered version - what a treat! the staff were so attentive, food was good and plentiful, we were hard pushed not to over eat. our game drives were fabulous and the guide knowledgeable. Mpo, the Manager, goes out of his way to ensure guests are well looked after.
the Location is out of this world. Ta Shebube certainly deserve credit for delivering a quality experience in such a harsh environment. Beds were comfortable, units are very well appointed. Shower is on the terrace, bit disconcerting to start, but quite refreshing!

I would highly recommend this for a little luxury in the desert!
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Date of stay: October 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Elly A asked a question Mar 2017
The Hague, The Netherlands8 contributions
Prijs per nacht?
dylan w wrote a tip Aug 2016
London, United Kingdom9 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are no bad rooms here."
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Gro_Bryne wrote a tip Nov 2014
Bryne, Norway6 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Select view to the waterhole."
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