Thanda Private Game Reserve – 5-star safari lodge – KwaZulu-NatalJuly 6, 2020
Luxury Botswana fly in Safari
Travel during Covid lockdown was much, much easier and better than anticipated.
We both had a Covid test 72 hours before departure and the CT to Maun flight via Airlink was a pleasure with masks, sanitation wipes, beverages and good lunch. Arriving in Maun we had a rapid test before entering the Terminal building. A Wilderness Safari representative met us and guided us all the way . Transfer from the Terminal building to the small Wilderness Safari’s plane was per aircon van by Wilderness Safari representatives. The transfer to the lodges via small planes was fun!
At the end of the trip and one day before departure a helicopter arrived at the landing strip and a medical practitioner took nose and throat Covid samples next to the landing strip.That morning after breakfast, we went on a game viewing drive and in the way our Ranger took us to the landing strip. Easy and efficient! We received the negative results from a lodge representative in Maun in time to check in. Had any result been positive, the lodge would have been informed and the guest would then had to isolate in the lodge.
Both lodges were 100% Covid compliant, and with the open design of the main lodge and game driving in open vehicles, one never felt exposed!!
King Pools Camp :
Beautiful eco friendly lodge on the Linyanti river with well equipped, spacious tented accommodation on the river , excellent Guide, friendly, helpful staff going the extra mile, 5* food , good sightings and amazing sunsets!
We went on a sunset river cruise - only the two of us on a brand new river boat well stocked with snacks and sundowners and accompanied by our Ranger . The Ranger was friendly, knowledgeable and excellent company! The catering staff spoiled us with a private three course lunch with wine in the bird hide. The extra mile!
Met by the Ranger at the landing strip. Short drive from the landing strip to the lodge on an island in the Okavango Delta. Amazing design ! Eco friendly with solar power generation farm. Modern but fitting with local wood, grasses, ornaments, hangings , artwork and the rest. Even a library and museum. Brand new because it was completed June 2020 and only opened June 2021 due to Covid.
We said to our children - “this is the largest, best furnished and equipped , most luxurious, modern accommodation we have ever stayed in”. Two showers (inside and out), bath, his and hers, two toilets, lounge, dining table and chairs, kitchen with counter, huge patio and splash pool. And the bed ! Brand new linen and memory foam mattress and electric blankets! An eco friendly pellet room warming fire place took the bite out of the cold winter nights!
Amazing animal and bird diversity with regular close water and dry land animal sightings including leopard, lion, wild dog, hyena, buffalo, elephants and tsessebe. Our Ranger was very knowledgeable about animals, birds and plants .
Food is excellent and the staff friendly.
We even went on a Mokoro ride - amazing with sundowners on the water! At the last evening we had a “braai” in the boma with the staff doing traditional cultural dances and singing!
In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that on the last check out day we left Jao Camp at 11:00 and 7 hour later we were back at home in Hermanus at 18:00- Jao-Maun- CT - Hermanus ! Cannot get better connections!
George and Chrissie Deyzel from South Africa July 2021