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Bushmamma

Amazing !

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 03 Nov 2023via mobile
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3rd stay here since 2017, very pleased to say the standards have not deteriorated like other places we have re visited. Friendly staff, excellent cleanliness within the Riverside chalets, very comfortable and tranquil, even the dirt track from the main road is maintained and relatively smooth. Beautiful bird song from 5am and a walk along the riverbed before breakfast is a must, friendly owners, would highly recommend a stay here
Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this review
Responded 11 Nov 2023
Good day Mabuledi,
Thank you so much for your very high rating and lovely review of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge.
Another thanks for your regular support and thrilled to hear that you highly recommend other travellers stay with us. Your recognition of our friendly staff who work hard in all areas of the business maintaining the standards which we have set for ourselves and to which we will continue to strive for as a matter of priority is much appreciated. Work is continually done on the main access road in an attempt to keep it relatively smooth. As we await the rains (November) we hear the call from all the birds as they too await the arrival of the precious rain. The Woodland Kingfisher HAS just ARRIVED this week, to breed and then return in April/May next year -- so we are enjoying it's beautiful call now. We are named after this migrant bird!
We so look forward to your future visits and trust that you had a wonderful trip through our beautiful Botswana?
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Mrs)
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Reviewed 1 November 2023

Woodlands Stop Over is a gem in Botswana. Mike & Anne did a most magnificent job of providing an excellent escape for anyone from the busy road to the constant ringing of phones and blaring of a TV. I really appreciate the furnishing, the friendliness, cleanliness, upkeep and tranquility found at Woodlands. I will always be back.

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2023

Hello Safari50196632800,
So thrilled to receive your comment: 'BOTSWANA'S SECOND DIAMOND' -- Thank you so much! What an accolade!
We so appreciate your recognition of us all here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge and will continue to strive for the excellence which you observed throughout the property; the peaceful & quiet setting, the furnishings, the cleanliness and of course the friendly staff all of whom are committed to their areas of responsibility and who love welcoming our valued guests!
Thank you also for your loyal support of us and we look forward to all your future return visits.
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Owners)

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Reviewed 31 October 2023

A wonderful oasis for business or a break on your travels to the north of Botswana. River chalets a well recommended for either. The bird life is amazing and worth the walk along the River bank or bird walk.

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2023

Good day Chris,
Thank you so much for your very high rating of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge.
We are so thrilled to have you stay with us and appreciate your lovely review and high recommendation of us. Also happy to hear that you enjoyed a walk along the river bank and hopefully the bird walk wasn't too hot when you went. Yes the bird life is AMAZING! We now await the imminent arrival of the Woodland kingfisher, after whom the property is named!
Looking forward to your future visits.
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Owners)

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Reviewed 24 October 2023

Woodlands, just outside Francistown, never disappoints. We stayed in a chalet this time and were not disappointed. It is fabulous. I once told Anne West, the owner, that in my humble opinion this was the second-best campsite in the world. I spoke with authority as we have visited all five continents. The attention to detail, whether in the chalet, the campsite or immaculate lawns, is so impressive. Food packs are now available for sale at reception, which is a terrific innovation.

Date of stay: October 2023
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2023

Hello harod h,
Thank you so much for your high rating and very special review of us all here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge.
A special thank you also, for your continued support of us together with your most sincere and genuine appraisal of us. Our commitment to valued guests, such as yourself, remains unwavering and we will continually strive for excellence as we 'care-take' a special little piece of land here in our beautiful Botswana.
WOW -- to be 2nd best in the world! Our humble thanks for that amazing comment as well.
Glad to hear that you appreciated the homemade 'Mike's meals' -- helps fill a gap when hungry and tired after long distances in Botswana. Trust that we will see you again here at Woodlands in the not too distant future?
God bless and kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Owners)

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Reviewed 17 October 2023

The experience was worth the money and time. The staff were friendly and welcoming on arrival and departure. They were quick to respond with lights when the power went off.
However, there was a miscommunication about cleaning the cottage, so it was not cleaned after our first night.
The cottage offers a beautiful view of the river and the front garden is well taken care of.

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2023

Good day T1744VCandrewm,
So very thrilled to receive your comment ' DOUBLE PLUS' . Thank you for taking the time to rate and review us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. The happy experience of your stay with us is not only one of being value for money and time but also for collecting new memories! Our staff love being of assistance to our valued guests and you experienced their commitment first hand.
We trust that the rest of your trip through our beautiful Botswana was happy and memorable and that you will be back again soon.
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Owners)

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Reviewed 4 October 2023

We camped there for one night in July on our way to Zimbabwe.
Good camp sites with braai area. There is a little shop with basics.
Ablutions were clean and the water was strong and hot.
Could have stayed longer, as there were many birds to see and a short hiking trail.
Safe, secure and friendly stop over.

Date of stay: July 2023
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Mike and Anne West, Owner at Woodlands Stop Over and Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2023

Hello europeholidays,
Thank you so much for taking the time to rate us so highly and for the lovely review of us here at Woodlands Stop Over & Lodge. We are very happy to hear that you could have stayed with us longer and that you felt it is a safe, secure and friendly environment to be in. All our staff work very hard together to maintain the property in the condition you found it and we continually strive to meet the expectations of our valued guests. Trusting your trip to Zimbabwe was enjoyable and that you will be passing back through Botswana again very soon?
We look forward to welcoming you back again!
Kind regards,
Mike & Anne West (Owners)

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