Senyati Safari Camp | Established Campground

Botswana

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Verified:
6 days ago
Altitude:
985.6 masl
Website:
None
Phone:
71881306

Amenities

Electricity:
Yes - At Sites
Wifi:
Yes - Average
Kitchen:
Yes
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
Cold
Water:
Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
No
Sanitation Dump Station:
No

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Description

Very nice camp next to a water whole. Every site has its own private ablution. Well run with observation deck, underground observation extremely close to the water whole, laundry service. 210 Pula per person (oct 2021) . WiFi only from 5-9pm.
They do not accept payment with credit cards.

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What a dissapointment. I wl rather stay on the road and do bush camping then come to this place again. the only way you can see any animals is when you leave your camping site and walk there. this is not what they are advertising. the campsites is very uneven and the bathrooms is a joke. no maintenance for years. a so called strong point that every campsite has its own bathroom. I would rather use my small basin and the toilet is a disgrace. 10 minutes after we arrived I wanted my money back because we paid cash and the lady said she need to get permission from the " financial manager" and he is not available, while a elderly person was in the office and looked me in the eye without greeting. I was so upset I walked out and decided to spend the day there after all but learned a lesson not to ever visit Sinyati ever again. There a lots of friendly campsites with better views and much cheaper all over Botswana.

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Really nice campsite, we had many elephants crossing our camp and the hide is spectacular.

Only thing is that we really did not feel welcome here with our little kids (2 and 4). When we arrived the owner mentioned directly that she didn’t hope a lot of families would follow our example to come with their kids (which didn’t gave us a really welcome feeling as you might understand) . The owner gave us the most isolated site so we could not ‘disturb’ the other guests (which was a great one by the way… number 19). Everywhere there are signs that ask children not to come there, not to do certain thing, to be silent, not to jump etc. (The most briljant one I put attached.)

I think this place is awesome, but not really suitable for little kids (what I can understand), but maybe they should just don’t allow kids instead of chasing families away like this.

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Nice place, but expensive for what you get. WiFi only working after 5pm and there is no restaurant. Expect from that the wildlife and bush feeling are great. The waterhole is special and sightings great.

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I love this place! Was 4 times there. Lot of animals. Last night 40 elephants, lot of buffaloes, some hyena, giraffes.
Very friendly staff. Now 230 ppl.
I payed always with Credit Card.

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As always, nice camp, clean private ablutions on each site. Restaurant still closed. Bar open from 4pm to 9pm. Wifi on from 5pm to 9pm. 230pula pp.

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Maybe i was expecting too much from the place but …
The employees are not extremely nice nor helpful, it seems they are terrified by the boss. . Consequence is the ambiance is not great and you can really feel it during your stay. (You have to pay everything straight, and not at check out - no exception). When you arrive the first question is what have you paid what do you need to pay .. No restaurant. Wifi not working.
The campsites are too close from each other and sometimes they are overcrowded (4 tents per site). the ablutions are outdated and would need refreshment. On top The ground is not even.
You will see wild life and elephants from the lookout but … if you have travelled around in botswana then you will have seen elephants close too.
The access by the 4x4 road is very easy.

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Paid 230 for camping. It’s 4km on the Lesomo 4x2 road. This is doable but unpleasant with a bicycle, some pushing involved. Don’t take the 4x4 road if heading south from Kasungulu but take the next turn off and follow signs. It’s all about the watering hole and elephant hide out/bunker where you’re about 5 metres from the elephants, looking up at them. Beer is 25 for a little can. No food. Each camp spot has its own washing/,cooking building with brai and fire pit. Fire heated Hot water in evening, warm water in morning.

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We were here before in 2018. Good memories brought me back but it was a mistake. I was charged P220 per person. Compared to all our camps through Namibia up to here this is the most expensive camp for mediocre facilities. A bit of a disappointment.

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**Correction to the top post: they do take credit cards.**
Beautiful campsite with lots of big trees and shade all day. Every site has its own little platform with a pretty straw roof and private ablution and a kitchen sink and electricity. Private fire place and braai area. All included in the price. You can buy firewood and fire starters in the store.
There's a nice bar and lounge area to sit and watch the animals who visit the waterhole. I was there in the rainy season but still saw enormous herds of buffalo, zebras, wildebeest, impala and so many elephants. It was unreal! The birdlife is unbelievable as well.
There's a little store, where you can but meat packs, drinks, coffee and order pizza from a pizzaria in town. (has to be paid in cash) The bar is not open every night, probably as a result of Covid and few visitors, so ask them and buy drinks in the store before they close.
Toilet paper is included. Just ask for it. Cleaning was done every day, while I was there.

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230 Pula pppn. Bar not open. No staff except security after dark so couldn't get the WiFi password. Owners not visibly present. No loo roll at this price! The donkey was only relit a little before 8 in the morning meaning cold showers if leaving before 9 - again at the price point this should be better.
Small mixed herds of elephants visiting after dark.

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Nice place! Lots of elephants around and we heard a couple days ago a lion with cubs!

Ablutions are fine and it's nice it's private. Not all the sites are equal so have a look with rooftoptents.

Expensive for families, from 4_12 years it's 130 Pula and adults 210 pppn.
We paid with Visa.

They also sell meat and cold drinks :)

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private ablutions for each site were great. pool was also nice. plenty of elephants to see around the waterhole at night!

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Good facilities and good wildlife sightings. Owners present and always working on the good state of service.

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Great camping with a water hole attracting herds of elephant.

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Best Campsite in Botswana. Clean and well organized. P 210 pppn

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Be ready for a close encounter with wild Elephants and Buffaloes like you have never had before. What a gem! Owners (Louw and Lulu) are also very friendly and we enjoyed sharing stories with them in our native tongue. We arrived with no prior booking and was only planning to stay one night; Lulu and her team quickly welcomed us and made sure that we were well taken care off. We ended up staying 2 nights with a self-drive in Chobe NP. We camped at stand no. 2 as it is close to the viewing deck but also nice and secluded with elephants passing close by on their way to the waterhole. As per other reviews, each stand has a private ablution with hot shower (boiler), toilet, basin, kitchen, electricity and loads of space. We will be back!!!

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We camped for two nights and enjoyed our stay - current rate is 200 BWP per person/night plus the government levy. Wood is sold for 40 BWP a bundle.
Each campsite is different so take a walk around before choosing your site.
The viewing deck and hide are amazing but the bar is currently closed.
There is mobile reception but no data reception - WiFi is still available from 5pm - 9pm at the viewing deck.

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We stayed 4 nights here and had a fantastic experience.

The private ablutions/wash-up area were cleaned daily; toilet paper is available as you need, from reception. The Banda that both are located in has power outlets and plenty of space to sit under shelter in case of rain/shade. All amenities were entirely functional.

Hot water is prepared via donkey boiler at around 4pm everyday (staff offered to light the fire at other times if needed). There is a designated fire pit and braai stand as well.

The days we were there, the pool was clean and a great way to cool off.

All of the staff that we interacted with (maintenance, reception, bar) were friendly and were able to answer our questions.

While each campsite is not entirely secluded, we did not find privacy a problem- lots of trees/bushes.

The bar area and bunker/hide are a fantastic experience- we had nearly 100 elephants visit multiple evenings. There is also a pleasant (& free) game drive you can do in the area.

We visited during offseason during their bird watcher special (Jan.-March)- 100pula pppn. After 10 months in Eastern/Southern Africa, we found this place to be a bargain! Would recommend.

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This place is unreal!! The experience of watching elephants zebra and impala at the water hole right in front of you is amazing. Great ablutions, friendly staff and nice pool! Highly recommend

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So there are some big positives to this place and a equally big negatives that need to be mentioned. We went in the rainy season and you need a 4x4, which we had and loved the muddy road. Excellent elephant viewing opportunities and ok comping. In all we had a great time. The last night was extremely odd. We extended our stay on arrival, and paid full up. We woke at 10 pm on the last night with the managers car lights on our tent. She then drove off and sent, what felt like a thug, to demand what we were doing there. Super aggressive and rude. We had been there for 3 nights already!! All was eventually resolved as I had made friends with the night guard who explained who I was and had to actually vouched for me. Which brings me to the negative here. The staff at this place seem to live in another world and lack training. Big Time! It could be great if they had some basic training and did not appear to not understand a word you are saying. I do suggest that you visit, but go expecting very basic services and you will not be disappointed.

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We stayed for 3 days . No warm shower, no maintenance. Living from old reputation. No place to stay and no place to spend money !!! If you are complaining they dont understand! No cleaning for 3 days no warm shower!!
Volk

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OK place. Clean but old private shower and toilet. Very sandy. It has got some good facilities, such as laundry and transfer to Vic Falls, but it’s a very normal, expensive and old place. All the animals seen here can be seen anywhere else. Nothing special.

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Underwhelming. It feels as if this place is resting on the great reputation and reviews it had 5-10 years ago, but have done no work to modernise or fix their facilities. The ablutions were in need of some serious TLC. The sites are very close together, all have a private washing up station and ablutions block, electricity and shade/shelter, but as I said in need of some work and care. We also had A LOT of insects, and only a fluorescent light whereas some sites had red lights which don't attract so many insects. We stayed for 2 nights because we had booked their Victoria Falls transfer (p350 pp). The waterhole and bunker hide are worth spending some time at, and the swimming pool was nice.

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Very nice campsite with very clean private ablutions. Shade on every campsite, also electricity. Great bar area -, especislly the photographer bunker - it is amszing to see the elephants at the waterhole so close and from a frog perspective! Nice, fenced pool area. We paid 200 Pula pppn.

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The self-catering chalets are expensive (P1770 for two people) but they’re cosy and clean. Nice shower with hot and cold water and a proper, clean flush toilet. Our chalet (no. 3) only had single beds but they have good mosquito nets around them. The eating area is outside in the patio/porch so we had to eat while sitting on the beds on our first night because there was a rain storm. Our chalet was about 30m from the water hole, so we had a great view of the elephants drinking and cooling off.

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We can’t comment on the quality of the camp itself (looked quite good) but had a bad booking experience so wanted to share learnings. We emailed the camp asking for availability 48 hours before the desired date, they replied that there were indeed available campsites and that we needed to reply back and confirm we wanted to book one. We did reply at 4pm the day before but upon arrival were told by a very unapologetic receptionist that she had not seen our last email (since she reads oldest emails first and she had 40 emails in her inbox) and therefore had not sent us back a booking number without which you don’t have an official confirmed booking. Very disappointing experience so remember, no reservation number, no confirmed booking!

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nice campsite, expensive though and ablutions are getting old but elephants and buffalos just 50m away, at water hole. We couldn't make it for 1st night of our booking and they kept the deposit (1/2price). Now it is 200ppp. Booking is a must, some people couldn't stay and they arrived at 13:00!

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Took a chance and arrived without booking a campsite. On arrival at the campsite (No 16) we found a family of elephants enjoying a mud bath less than a 100 meters from our campsite.

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Very nice campsite albeit pricey. At this time of year 200 Pula pppn. If you pay by card the amount must exceed 1000Pula or they charge an additional 100Pula. We paid cash with Rands. Receptionist is still grumpy. :-)
Mid July and night time tepm are very cool but quickly warm up. Animal wise fantastic, so we stayed an additional night.

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It’s an expensive campsite. The ablutions need some TLC. The waterhole and hide are very nice though and makes up for the limited facilities. Nice pool to cool off in. Worth taking hunters road north to Kasane along the Zim border for a short game drive.

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Our highlight of Botswana. We loved the private porch with toilet and shower that was cleaned, 15 minutes after we arrived by friendly lady. Receptionists both grumpy, but rest of staff friendly. But the climax was the waterhole with bunker and lookout terrace. We got lucky: enormous herd of buffalos and many herds of elephants 2 evenings in a row and impalas in the morning. And the relaxed terrace where you can watch it all is priceless. Also lucky with low season 100 pula pppn.

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The elephants at the water, just in front of the bar, are magnificant and worth a stay! It has a nice campsite with toilet, shower and sort of kitchen block under a veranda. The pool is refreshing. WiFi is slow and mostly not working well and the bar is opened on specific times. But who cares; you’ve got wildlife just in front of you and you can almost touch it.

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What a fanatastic campsite! We saw so many animals during the day and in the night. Many herds of elephants and buffalo’s, giraffes, zebra’s, impala’s. We heard hyena’s during the night. We paid 100 pula (50% discount) per person because it was low season :). It was fantastic!

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We liked this place! In rainy season the price is 100 pula pp. Money well spent! Clean, private ablutions and shelter with electricity, braai and big washup area. Bunker was awesome, big groups of elephants at night. Also saw impala, zebra and giraffe in the distance. Friendly lady at check in. WiFi barely usable.

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Nice campsites, spot 10 has lots off chide all day long, still 200pula/ppn, not cheap but money wel spend, we stayed two nights and saw more than 30 elephants each evening. Nice lookout over the waterhole and buncker to get realy close to the animals.
Small but nice pool to cool down during the day, private ablution need refreshing but was very clean.

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Nice campground but a bit expensive for 200.- pppn. You can do the laundry for 100.- a bag. The whole afternoon there was no single animal at the waterhole but around 5pm some elephants came and that was amazing. Especially from the bunker. Also a herd of impalas very passing by. Unfortunately, we had a long thunderstorm with rain in the evening and we thinking therefore no more animals were coming.
Early morning we‘ve seen some wild dogs.
The wifi is not too bad (5-9pm) and the staff was friendly.
You can book day trips for example to Vic Falls. They pick you up in the campground. I think they have their own bus.

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Nice site. Private ablutions which require a bit of TLC.
Power and braai facilities and hot watet from a donkey boiler.
Loads of elephants. Also heard a lion.

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The evening was magical with all those elephants just 8m in front of you. And if you go to the bunker you have them just 1m in front of your eyes. Thr were like 5 baby elephants, so cute. But senyati is still too expensive for what it is. Sure, you have your own shower and toilet, but its not that clean as in other campgrounds where you share it. And also the receptionist wasn‘t friendly at all. If you want to see the elephants so close, you should go. Otherwise its not worth it.

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Full when we arrived. Seems that it's now on the rental car circuit and reservations are required.

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variable number of elephants but still a nice place. heard lion this morning

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We came to senyati with great expectations due to the feedback in this app. However, staff wasn’t as friendly as we’re used to in Botswana and they charged us 200P pppn. We went to Chobe safari lodge instead. It’s just as nice and half the price

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50% discount during feb - march off season. camp is a bit run down and needs TLC. bunker at watering hole has not been cleaned out in a while. lots of elephants around. heared lions and hyenas at night.

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quite expensive, staff at reception not very friendly. still, the animals at the waterhole are a priceless view.

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Beautiful place, amazing waterhole with a lot of elephants very close. In the bunker you can touch almost the elephants. Everywhere nice details.
Private ablutions a bit run down but you forget this because all the rest is great.
WiFi is very slow and only from 5pm till 9pm in the restaurant area. 190pula a person per night, totally worth it.

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We enjoyed this campsite quite a lot. The waterhole with the photography bunker where you can look the elephants straight in the eye makes it quite special. You can have an elephantastic coffee (which I totally recommend) and watch the wildlife from the sofa. Stunning! So it´s no problem that the Wifi is only on for two hours per day.
The campsites are spacious and every spot has its own ablution block with a donkey shower, Braaistand, fire place and electricity.
To make this place perfect to relax they now have a tiny but brand-new pool.

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Definitely the best place to stay in Kasane, prebooking is fairly essential. Stayed in chalet #1 right in front of the waterhole with spectacular views. Hundreds of elephant drinking and playing in the other water hole all evening. Underground bunker was insane, elephants less than 1m away looking into the bunker trying to figure you out.

Camping is 195p
Chalet is 1400p
Family chalet #1 is 1600p for four

They can organise any trips for you. Excellent bar set up, decent facilities. Camp is located about 500m of sandy 4x4 track from the tar road. Laundry service for 100p per bag. Would definitely stay here again

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This used to be a very nice, laid-back, characteristic, quiet place, close to Kasane. Now it is a commercialised overcrowded campground, twice as expensive as all the other lodges in Kasane @195 ppn. If you're not going into Chobe it is an excellent place to see elephants close. But if you do go into the park you can spare yourself the very unfriendly attitude of the owners. Rather go to Tilodi lodge & camp a few km South on the same road!

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A very nice place with a fantastic waterhole. Lots of interaction in big groups of Elephants.
We didn't book and the place was completely full but the nice staff organised a nice spot for our tents close to the waterhole!

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Fantastic! Our favorite campsite during a month in Botswana. Very friendly staff. Hundreds of elephants at the waterhole (August is dry season). So cool to watch them up close from the underground bunker. Clean private ablutions with separate shower, toilet, wash up area. For this country, a good deal at P190 pppn.

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We think that this is quite a special place. The attention to cleanliness is very high and we found both the staff and the owner to be extremely helpful and friendly and willing to impart information about the wildlife.
The waterhole is kept supplied with freshly pumped water and thus attracts many, many elephants. We also spotted zebra, impala and giraffe from the viewing area.
The underground hide is very good, allowing a close up of the animals drinking.
Quite expensive for a private camp but very well worth the cost if you bear in mind that you are paying for the experience of being so close and unfenced from so many elephants.

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What a delightful spot! A bit pricy at P1400 for a chalet, but after a night in the mud in the car it's a pleasure. The elephant at the water hole every evening are amazingly close and not phased at all by our braaing. It's clean and friendly and well organized with a well maintained deck and a photography hole not 5 meters from the elephant.

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Nice place.
But reception staff very off and unpleasant.

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If you don't drive a 4x4, it's easier to get there trough the village

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Fantastic ! Lovely campsites with private ablutions . Chalets . Nice deck overlooking a waterhole snd lovely people!
Will come back

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Nice place. Private ablutions, power and good shade.
Lovely waterhole where Elephant and other animals come to drink.
Loads of birds as well.

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Very nice camp next to a water whole. Every site has its own private ablution. Well run with observation deck, underground observation extremely close to the water whole, laundry service. We paid 350 Pula per site/day.

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Sandy terrain with trees. Every place has its own ablution block with toilet, shower, kitchen. Waterhole in front of bar where lots of elephants come to bath and drink in the evening. WiFi from 17:00 until 21:00. Probably our most expensive site so far.

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