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A lovely stay
We stayed for three nights in each of the Belmond Lodges in November 2019. We had a good time at each. The physical accommodation is similar at all three. Khwai needs updating. Savute is the most modern but with mad interior design and electrics. Eagle Island has the best public areas with a marvellous deck overlooking a watering point. Literally hundreds of elephants come every night to take the fresh water which the Lodge pumps up from its borehole. Our guide was excellent. All the staff were welcoming and helpful. In common with the other lodges, everything is included in the price except optional tips to the staff. That includes wine with meals but it's quite difficult to find out what wines are available. There's no wine list at any of the lodges and the staff bravely recite (usually mispronouncing) the names of various grapes, hoping the guest will latch on to something they want "Sauvignon"? "Cabernet"?. It's all pretty ghastly South African supermarket plonk which the sort of people able to pay Belmond prices would never consider drinking at home. Or may be it wasn't. They might have had something decent. Who knows? But that's an irrelevance really. The key was seeing the animals. The Lodge, location and guides could not be bettered. Finally, a word about Belmond's general organisation. It was excellent. Meeting and greeting at airports. Transfers. Explanations. All well thought out and well executed.
We had our reservation for 3 nigths at Belmond Khwai River, and after a horrible experience there, we decided to change to Eagle Island, and I cannot believe both lodges belong to the same company. Eagle Island is some kind of paradise, great rooms with animals literally at your door, an incredible view of a lagoon some meters in front your terraze sunsets out of this world sit in the bar just in front the water...and in the water, cause first afternoon we were in a canoe: something to remember. Staff is friendly and effective, with an smile as first word. It was my birthday and they prepare for me and my wife a lovely dinner. Apart from this, wild life is amazing around. A black spot? They don’t have an expresso machine... Thanks!
Authentic Bush experience
Recently visited this wonderful lodge and while disappointed that the water levels were very low we still had excellent animal sightings on land rover excursions. The service was excellent and our driver/guide "OT" did a great job tracking and explaining both animal life and his tribal culture. Loads of elephants including one that hung out right next to our room which was both exciting and a little scary. Food is good and they will accommodate your taste and timing. The area is vast so there is a lot of ground to cover, always something new and different. The lodge is staffed with locals from a close by village and while very comfortable and clean there is no swimming pool or gym. But that's ok if you really want to just bask in the ambience of the surroundings. The restaurant and lounge areas afford views of the river (although very low and further off than usual) where animals are constantly coming to drink and bathe. The "big 5" are all there but there is great bird watching and loads of monkeys, giraffes, zebras, hippos, hyenas and more. Rooms were very well appointed with bath tub, indoor and outdoor showers and a small dunk pool on your deck. Never saw a bug in our room which is rare for Africa. The benefit of the dryer August month was cool mornings and evenings that limited any mosquito activity. We would certainly go back and recommend to our friends.
An Unexpected Exceptional Experience
We recently got rebooked to stay at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge after our previous booking had a fire and was not longer available during our trip. When you add that to the fact that the delta did not flood this year, I was concerned about this aspect of the trip. But I must say, this place was phenomenal. The rooms, the food, the service are all on-point. The camp manager, Lew and his team have everything planned to a tee. Our tracker/ranger, Matt was a complete jewel and an asset for the lodge. All of the staff were so friendly and warm. When I go back to the Okavanga Delta to see it in it's flooded state...I will definitely be staying here.
The Belmond Eagle Island Lodge was our second Belmond property we stayed at on our trip to Botswana. Like the Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, this lodge is at the top of its game in providing a luxurious, relaxing, fun and dynamic experience to its guests. The "tent" we stayed in was just as comfortable as could be with a wonderful deck looking out at the lagoon and an incredible variety of animals just RIGHT THERE! These included all sorts and sizes of birds, zebras, elephants, wart hogs, hippos, antelope of different kinds, water buffalo - just to name a few. The food was amazing and the wine delicious and free flowing. Our trip though was about experiencing the wild life of Botswana and we were lucky enough to be paired with a guide named Moses for the duration of our stay who made each game drive a fascinating experience. He showed us amazing things and was interested in answering everyone's questions. The management including Louie and Jess made us feel welcome. The staff, though, really made this an excellent experience. Thank you so much to Belmond and to the management and staff at the Eagle Island Lodge for truly making this a trip of a lifetime!
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