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Reviewed 4 June 2019 via mobile

A group of friends recently spent 3 days at the campsites of Limpopo River lodge. It was perfect!
Camping on the unspoilt
bank of the Limpopo river.
Excellent birding.
The campsites are shady under giant trees and right on the bank of the river.
The ablution facilities are clean, modern and well kept. Isak saw to it that we never ran out of hot water. Some of the group stayed in the cabins so we had the kitchen available to us. It is well equipped with a gas stove and fridge.
We will always think back with fondest memories to the calls of the fish eagle, the soothing sound of the river and the light of our campfires in this beautiful camp.

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Judi G, Bookings at Limpopo River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

Morning Eben,

Thank you so much for visiting us and reviewing our facilities. We are very proud of the experience we provide and get to share with guests in this special part of Botswana.

There is nothing better than to get away from it all, have no comms and just absorb what nature offers.

We hope to welcome you and your friends back in the future.

Best Regards
Limpopo River Lodge


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Reviewed 14 May 2019

We camped for 2 nights and found the campsites clean, ablutions were basic but clean and water was hot. Game viewing from our own vehicle yielded spectacular photos of elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu and of course many other smaller buck like impala and duiker, many stunning birds including African fish eagle. Of course, a trip to the Limpopo would not b complete without a croc or two floating by and my highlight was a rather heated chat with a line hippo at 4am...all in all we really enjoyed the time close to nature..and far away from cell towers.

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Judi G, Bookings at Limpopo River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

Morning Brett,

Thank you for your review of our Reserve - much appreciated.

Great news that you got good pictures of our creatures great and small. How lucky to have the hippo nearby - they are not always there but do put on a good show when they arrive.

We are now starting to see the predators again and this last week guests saw wild dog,lion and leopard to add to the collection of sightings.

Best Regards
Limpopo River Lodge

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Reviewed 8 May 2019

After a long 7hr drive from Gaborone we arrived at the reception around 5pm, met a lady there who was not expecting us and told us that there was no booking under our name for the bush camp even though we had prepaid and received confirmation the day before. She then proceeded to call her manager and quite hilariously although unprofessionally dished out a piece of her mind to the manager who had obviously messed up. Because it was late and the bush camp hadn't been prepared for us, her only option was to send us down to the lodge for the night and she said it would have to be sorted the next day. We thanked her and took a slow drive to the lodge, met some friendly staff who were quickly making up our rooms. The lodge accommodation and kitchen is simple and straight forward, nothing too amazing. We quickly prepared our dinner and sat around the camp fire, unfortunately missing sundown with the delays. The highlight of the trip were the elephants that swam across the river to the opposite shore of our room to munch on the vegetation on the other side, and waking up all the baboons in the trees in the process. We also had a visit from a very friendly young Genet that had obviously been fed by previous guests as he waited patiently for something to eat and was almost tame. We don't feed wild animals period, so he went hungry - Next morning we moved across to the bush camp, where we wanted to be originally as our friends were camping in the campsite. We had a nice braai that evening, but did not sleep at all due to the ferocious mosquitoes that plagued us the whole night, even though we drenched ourselves in Peaceful Sleep they were relentless.
Suggestions for management:
1. Improve your communication to your staff - there seems to be a breakdown, as they told us the booking problem happens all the time and in fact it happened again on the same weekend we were there with someone else.
2. Invest in some mosquito nets for the Bush camp - they not expensive.
3. Clear some of the underbrush between the rooms and the river, it would greatly improve the view.
4. Make a few signs discouraging the feeding of animals.
5. Fix the creaky bed at the bush camp
To be totally honest I doubt we will be returning to Limpopo River Lodge, maybe my expectation was too high, but I left disappointed. We will try other facilities in the area to compare, who knows maybe it will turn out to be the best in the bunch.
Note to travelers, avoid the A1 road on Sundays! You've been warned!

Room tip: Rather Camp
Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Judi G, Bookings at Limpopo River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

Good Morning,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Limpopo River Lodge - all feedback is valuable to us in order to improve our offering.

We apologise for you having to bear witness to the interaction with the reception staff and this will not happen again.

The genets are wild but seem to habituate quite easily to lodges - I have personally seen three at a time in the outdoor kitchens just sitting on the walls or in the trees near the braais. I have also witnessed them hunting rats which they are masters at so fortunately they are not reliant on being fed at all. We will discreetly discourage guests from feeding them.

We do hope that you will reconsider visiting Limpopo River Lodge - it is a magnificent Reserve with great wildlife viewings - only this week guests have seen wild dog, lion, leopard and all the plains game which calls this part of the world their home.

Thank you for visiting us and let's make sure you come back for another visit.

Best Regards
Limpopo River Lodge

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Reviewed 8 May 2019

First time staying there and when we arrived we thought camp site was awesome, then around 4pm across the river a neighbor switched on a water jump we had to endure for the 4 days we where there almost 24/7. Maybe Limpopo river lodge can’t do anything about it but should inform there guests about it

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Judi G, Bookings at Limpopo River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

Good Morning,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with Limpopo River Lodge. Point taken about the pump which, sadly, we are unable to control because it is used by a farmer on the SA side of the river.

We do strive to only book this camp site if all others are full and will certainly take your advice and inform future guests of this issue. We hope that you enjoyed your stay otherwise and that you had some good game viewing.

Best Regards
Limpopo River Lodge

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Reviewed 19 March 2019

Upon arrival you are assisted with everything to feel as comfortable as possible. The personnel assist with your fire and with the hot water system. The best is to sit and listen to the birds and see the elephants pass a few yards from you

Room tip: All rooms do have a nice view
Date of stay: November 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Judi G, Bookings at Limpopo River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2019

Good Morning,

Thank you for your review of our Reserve - we are delighted that you enjoyed yourselves and had an 'up close' experience with our ellies.

Best Regards
Limpopo River Lodge

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