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Bushbuck River House
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed here for a few nights in September. Oriel and Alan did a fantastic job of making us feel welcome and we sincerely enjoyed our stay. All of our activities were arranged for us- which was a huge plus and made the trip extra convenient. First, a day trip to Chobe / Botswana. We saw elephant after elephant on the trip. We also did a game drive in the Mosi Oa Tunya park with Alan and we got to see Rhino! We also did the African Queen evening cruise and enjoyed seeing elephants and hippos on the river with cocktails. The farm house is really warm and inviting. We had a side room that had a nice bed (with a mosquito net, although we didn't need one then). There was also a small couch for reading. There was a nice warm electric shower in the bathroom. We spent one day just relaxing on the property- we enjoyed the pool, hanging out at the blind watching for hippos.

Two other favorites (in addition to everything listed above):
Nature walk with Alan when he was helping a bird watcher spot rare birds
Excellent dinners - both food and company

We appreciated the drop in town when my husbands glasses broke. They helped us find an optometrist to fix them ($2- much cheaper than anywhere else had quoted us).

I'd recommend staying here over one of the more expensive big hotels. The experience is better. The hosts are more welcoming. The other guests are fantastic. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the main house.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sonya G
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We enjoyed a wonderful stay a Bushbuck. From Bushbuck we went on a River Cruise, to Chobe National Park for a day and canoeing on the Zambezi. Everything was organized for us so we were free to relax and enjoy. The property is lovely and is home to incredible birds and wildlife. Early morning on the patio watching birds and a parade of River Buck were my favorite. The accommodations were comfortable and the food was excellent.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Sally S
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

We stayed at Bushbuck for 3 days in October and it was perfect. Alan and Oriel are knowledgable and attentive hosts and the other folks staying at the time were good fun so we became firm friends during our stay, they definitely added to the good feeling we have about Bushbuck. Our stay was relaxing tho we also managed to fit a lot in - Livingstone island, Devils pool, river cruise, dinner train, visit to the falls and the Victoria hotel in Zimbabwe.
The visiting elephants where a highlight as was dinner in the boma.
Do leave plenty of time to just stay and enjoy the lodge while here, a morning or pm of relaxing will be long remembered more than an other excursion.
We felt very fortunate to be staying here in what felt like home and for the knowledge and expertise about Africa and the region that Alan and Oriel shared.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank VermontVt
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We stayed at Bushbuck River House for 4 nights with friends and had the most wonderful time. It was very relaxing, which was exactly what we needed after 5 exciting Safari days at Flatdogs Camp. We loved watching the elephants being so close to the property - just at the end of the garden. Also Alberts food was delicious, his dinner was a real treat. Thank you very much.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Victoria L
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We stayed at Bushbuck River House for two nights during September, and had a lovely time here. Alan and Oriel were very welcoming and helpful, and chef Albert produced some superb meals. Unfortunately the Ellies and Buffalo came through each day when we were out, but we saw plenty of other animals, including the bushbuck. Our trips were well organised and very enjoyable, but it was also good to get back to Bushbuck and relax. We hope to return some time in the future.
Diane & Phil, U.K.

Room Tip: We were celebrating our Golden Wedding, and our room had a lovely four poster bed.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Diane C
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