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Last 5 reviews
I’ve been on several safaris, and this lodge has by far the most luxurious and elegant rooms I’ve ever seen. Gorgeous decor, in the public areas as well. The food is so-so. The staff is friendly, but not as attentive as at the other Belmond Safari camps. And for the amount of money one pays, I wish one had more flexibility with the rides. Instead, one is only given 2 options: the 6:30 game drive and the 4pm drive. Both way too early. And it’s the wrong season so they shouldn’t advertise experiences they can’t deliver, like the water activities. Still, a stunning place, the nicest of the Belmond properties.
We spent just two days in this lodge but it has been a fantastic experience. Everything was perfect: room, cleanliness, organization, food, services, enviroment etc etc. Very beautifull bar and restaurant area witha marevellous view and possibility to spot animals. Ludovico, one of the two manager was perfect too, and all the other staff members were above any expectations. Special mention toour game guide, OT: really a super guide
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.
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