Senyati Safari Camp is nestled in the Lesoma Valley (Kasane Forest Park), Northern Botswana, only 20km from Kasane and 9km from Chobe Game Reserve (Via a back road through Kasane Forest Park) and 60km from Victoria Falls.
Website link: http://senyatisafaricampbotswana.com/
The camp is located on the elephant corridor along the Francestown to Kasane road. It is 9km from the upper road turn off, an ideal spot out of the “Built up” (queue laughter) town centre. Set up by Lou Barnard between 2008-2010 this camp is perfectly situated with great potential.
Senyati has 20 campsites, all of which are well equipped with their own ablution block, braai area, toilet, drinking water, shower, and electric points. They are reasonably priced, but are relatively close in vicinity. All sites are near to the waterhole and bar.
There are also 8 self-catering chalets. Overpriced, badly built, and rundown, I would strongly advise all guests visiting Senyati to camp. This being said their vicinity to the waterhole makes their views some of the best Botswana has to offer.
Wildlife at the camp
In seven days and nights at the lodge we were lucky enough to see; Lion, Sable, Elephant, Giraffe, Kudu, Jackal, Impala, Chacma Baboons, Banded Mongoose all visiting the waterhole.
Every night we heard Hyena and most nights Lion.
Birdlife at the camp
Some of the bird highlights were: Grey Heron, Swamp Boubou, Cape Vulture, Cape Staling, Three Banded Plover, Egyptian Goose, Blacksmith Lapwing, Red Billed Hornbill, Bradfields Hornbill, Purple Roller, Lilac-Breasted Roller, Greater Honeyguide, Drongo, Green Wood Hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Laughing Dove, Hammerkop.
Arguably one of the greatest opportunities in Botswana to see elephant just meteres away. For photographers looking for unforgetable close-up experiences, without the dollar signs of Mashatu, Senyati is unchallenged in Botswana. I was reluctantly dragged away from the photographic bunker each day to be forced to go to Chobe National Park (yes it was that good!).
Mashatu link - http://mashatu.com/
The bunker is set just two meters from the waterhole and offers incredible close-up low angle photographic opportunities. Below is a selction of shots from 6 afternoons at the hide.
So with this positive a write up you would think I am already booking my next stay? Well maybe not. While the experiences it provided are un-debatable, the accommodation was so disappointing and over priced. This being said I would camp at Senyati. While the sites are far too near to one another (In my opinion), the photographic opportunities the camp provides outweigh these issues.
All of the images in this collection are available to purchase as prints, key rings, mouspads and more at: www.photoboxgallery.com/williamsteelphotography