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Friedrich v
Hoedspruit, South Africa

4 Nights in "Valley of the Leopards" make for a very happy photographer!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 Oct 2023
First visit to Luangwa, and ideal camp right on the banks of the river, with hippos, ellies and many other animals frequenting the camp every day and night.
The food was excellent for vegetarians.
Highlight was the lovely game drives with Vic. Morning drives from 6-10, and evening drives from 3:30 to 7:30 including light snacks at sunset on the river. Wildlife sightings were spectacular, especially leopards.
Date of stay: August 2023
Room Tip: Every evening is a night drive, so have your gear set up for night photography with spotlights....
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thanks a lot for all the compliments. really appreciate your review. Thanks for visiting
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    Reviewed 4 October 2023

    The lodge is situated on the banks of the river, 10 minutes drive from the entrance of the national park. We stayed two nights at the self catering hippo hide which was absolutely magical. You don’t even neer tomleave the porch to see all kinds of wildlife. Hippo Frank, elephants, giraffe, impala, monkeys, we have seen it all at the hippo hide.
    We also stayed two nights at the campsite which was very nice as well.
    The owners and staff are very nice and helpfull. We had Vic as a guide at game drives and he was very knowedgable.
    The swimmingpool is very clean and although the restaurant is not cheap, the food is really really good.
    The pricepoint of track and trail is right between the cheapest campsites and very expensive lodges.which makes it perfect ideal id you like a bit of luxury without breaking the bank. Best value for money in the Mfuwe area

    Date of stay: September 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

    Dear Joep, Thanks for honest review, we are happy that you enjoyed T&T. We hope to see you again another day in South Luangwa.

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    Reviewed 29 September 2023

    We had a fantastic holiday, my husband and I. So much we did see in 2 weeks. Many leopards, a lion kill two times and wild dogs kill. Peter Gerardts is an fantastic Gide, he knows a lot of the fauna but also about the flora. We learned a lot. The accommodation is very clean en cosy. The meals are delicious. The location of the lodge is super directly near the park, so you’ll be at the first light on location. Excellent for photography! Peter is also a very good photographer, he helps you with your skills so you will come home with outstanding pictures! And when your not on gamedrive you can enjoy yourself at the lodge in the swimming-pool, gym or photograph the local animals. When you will the perfect Safari experience you must go to Track and Trail!

    Date of stay: September 2023
    Trip type: Travelled with family
    Thank Bianca C
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    Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2023

    Hi Bianca & Peter. Thanks for your enthusiasm during the safaris. It was a pleasure to have you guys.

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    Reviewed 26 September 2023

    The younger family members camped in an area restricted by electric fencing to keep put any predators, and the almost resident hippos and elephants, whereas I stayed in a very comfortable chalet with a considerable amount of living space. Full mosquito netting in place, and guides to walk you around the site in the dark to avoid any unwanted encounters. Good choice for breakfast and other meals, and game viewing options into South Luangwa the nearby national park. River frontage - and Frank the hippo ambles across the site back to his pool each morning. Raised pool to restrict usage to humans and a small gym. Take cash as power outages can impact on card acceptance

    Date of stay: September 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Thank SolihullRichard
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    Reviewed 26 September 2023

    It was the first time in Africa for us and we are really happy that we chose to stay here. We saw everyday beautiful things with good explanation from our guides The food was really good and everything was perfect .Highly recommended The staff was excellent Thank everybody for the trip of our life
    Tova and Leenaert

    Date of stay: August 2023
    Trip type: Travelled with friends
    Thank leenaert B
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    Reviewed 19 August 2023

    What a great experience and excellent lodge!
    The furnishing in 'my' cottage was so cosy, I immediately felt at home. Also a great thanks to all the people working at the lodge: all friendly and happy. The food is delicious; a nice swimming pool with a super view.
    I did a photography safari with a group and this was really awesome. We saw a lot of animals, even close, and made a lot of nice pictures. Leopards (yes more then one), lions, hyena, elephants, baboons, zebra's, hippos, wild dogs (we even went hunting with them), giraf, a lot of beautiful birds...too much to mention.
    Great drivers/spotters (wow, how could they spot this) and also the photography tips of Peter are really helpful.
    A place I will definitely visit again and would recommend to everybody!

    Room tip: Enjoy the view at the pool. Go for a walk at the lodge to discover the baboons, birds and bushbocks and maybe see a hippo or some elephants.
    Date of stay: July 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Thank Petra v
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