Senyati Safari Camp
Senyati Safari Camp is famous for its waterhole which attracts about 400 elephant per day during dry season.
Senyati Safari Camp is located in the Lesoma Valley of the Northern part of Botswana, about 20 km from Kasane, which makes it a perfect “base camp” for trips to Victoria Falls and into the National Park. Senyati offers free booking assistance to guests for sunset cruise trips on the Chobe river, tiger fishing excursions, safari drives and Victoria Falls Transfers.
Pick up from Kasane International Airport can be arranged. At sunset Senyati is transformed into a small Serengeti with buffalo, elephant, giraffe, orix, hyena, wild dogs and even lion visiting the waterhole. The famous deck which people have described as “The Bar With the Best View in the World” is open all night long for guests who would like to watch animals during the midnight hours.
Senyati Safari Camp has a total of 8 chalets and 20 campsites. All chalets have a fridge, a stove, cutlery, crockery, linen, electric fans, showers and toilets. Wifi is provided to all guests. Senyati’s double chalet can accommodate three people and is suitable for parents with one child. The sleeping space of this chalet consists of two three-quarter beds and one single bed, and a single toilet / shower bathroom, together with a dressing table, fridge, etc.
Family units can accommodate as many as four people. This chalet has two three-quarter beds downstairs and two single beds, located on a mezzanine floor. This chalet has one bathroom /toilet / shower area. Senyati Safari Camp Family Chalet is suitable for a family of four or five (an extra stretcher can be put up) or for young people who are comfortable with each other. They do not recommend this chalet for two elderly couples to share as two of the beds are on a mezzanine floor which might be hard to get to for the elderly.
Their double twin chalets can accommodate between four and 10 adults. All double-twin units have two en-suite bedrooms with extra beds in the living area. Senyati’s double twin chalets are suitable for one or two families who are familiar with each other. The two bedroom areas are divided by a large living-dining area and our largest double-twin chalet is as big as 70 square metres.
All Senyati Safari Camp chalets are located in the front row facing the waterhole and are all within walking distance to the look-out deck. It is safe for guests to walk through the camping area to the deck and back to their chalets at night. They also have security guards on the premises and should guests like to be accompanied by a security guard they should feel free to ask for assistance.
For those who prefer to drive from the chalet to the look-out deck, they have allowed for parking around the deck area. All chalets are self-catering and includes, cutlery, crockery, linen and a braai area. Senyati’s chalets are serviced on a daily basis. For those who fly in, who do not have access to a car, we can arrange for transport to and from the Kasane airport as well as transport to Kasane or Kazungula for shopping.
Senyati Safari Camp offers 20 campsites. Their campsites can accommodate from as few as two people at a stand to as many as 20 people at some stands. Because Senyati is not located on the river but at a man-made waterhole which are fed with freshly pumped water daily, they do not have a huge mosquito problem and Senyati Safari Camp is proud to say that none of their employees or guests have ever contracted Malaria. While they think it is not necessary for their guests to take malaria prevention tablets we encourage all guests to take preventive measures against mosquitos to prevent discomfort such as using mosquito repellent and wearing long-sleeve shirts. Sleeping inside a mosquito net from February to June is recommended. Such mosquito nets can be purchased cheaply from local shops.
Each and every of their campsites have their own well-lit ablution block, braai area, toilet, hot-water shower and 220V electric point. Their campsites are charged per person per night. Children under 12 pay half price and kids from 12 up count as adults.
The hot-water donkeys at Senyati Safari Camp campsites are fired twice a day by their staff, at 8.00 am and at 5 pm to provide their guests with the best hot showers every morning and evening. Water at Senyati is high in Calcium and guests are encouraged to report blocked shower heads for replacement. Guests at Senyati are welcome to light the hot-water donkeys for extra hot-water during the day by themselves. Their excellent camping facilities at Senyati and well-located chalets together with Senyati’s well-lit waterhole with an abundance of birds and animals are some of the reasons why Senyati was rated as the Lonely Planet’s top choice in the Kasane/Chobe area. At Senyati they practice full recycling and provide separate dustbins for plastics and unburnables at all campsites and chalets. Senyati promotes eco-tourism to the highest level and we plant extra trees on a monthly basis to replenish our tree population for not only shade for our guests but also to provide for our extensive bird population.
Senyati also boasts with an underground elephant hide or bunker for animal photography from ground level. The bunker is located right in front of the lookout deck.
Hundreds of elephants at a time visit the waterhole during dry season and the bunker becomes an elephant “peep show”. Each afternoon, when Senyati pumps fresh water from a borehole to give the desperate animals some relief from a long journey through the bush, these giant animals put up a magnificent display for anyone who wishes to take stunning photos from ground level.
The reinforced concrete tunnel is 18 metres long, leading to a wide lookout room with eight separate windows, each photographer with its own window. The average size adult can walk straight down the tunnel, which then leads to the lookout room.
The bunker is for exclusive use of Senyati guests, 24/7 every day of the year. The waterhole is floodlit every night and one often sees nocturnal action along its edges after sunset. Hyena and jackal are the frequent nocturnal visitors; however, python, lion, leopard serval cat and honey badger also honour Senyati with their visits.
Some of Senyati’s bird watchers have identified as many as 60 different species during one visit to Senyati. Guests can walk around our premises at night with the help of a lamp or torch and should they wish to ask our security guards to accompany them to and from their campsites, they are welcome to ask for assistance.
All guests camping at Senyati have free access to our satellite Wi-fi and to the Senyati Elephant Bunker, or hide, as some prefer to refer to the facility. The elephant hide is located in front of our famous look-out deck which many people have described as the bar with the best view in the world. All guests are welcome to sit out on the deck throughout the night as our waterhole is lit throughout the night. Guests are welcome to spend all night watching the animals coming and going, should they wish to do so.
Senyati organises Chobe river boat cruises, Victoria Falls transfers, tiger fishing excursions and safari drives for all guests upon request. Activities at the Victoria Falls can be booked from Senyati in advance in order to prevent disappointment. We also assist both campers and self-catering guests with airport and shopping transfers. Senyati welcomes any recommendations from guests on how to improve our facilities.
Senyati Safari Camp
“The staff are very friendly. Our camping site was best. You could see the elephants at the waterhole wile at your site. The waterhole is about 10m away from where you can sit and watch the elephants, giraffes and even buffalo’s came to visit us. It was just awesome. ” –Sanet W
“This is an amazing camp site. It is well managed and the owners are very hands-on. Lulu goes the extra mile to satisfy you. We went back twice in 3 weeks and stayed 4 days longer than planned. We have already booked again for August this year. Can’t wait Highly recommend. ” –Willie0123
“After traveling for many kilometers, my group settled into this place quite well. The number of elephant and buffalo we witnessed was unbelievable. The only problem we had was no shops within close vicinity and we didn’t come prepared with food. Mosquitos were also a bit of a bother ” –Will T