It looks like our motto is ‘go compare’. In our case it means staying at extremely different places, after some days in a luxurious lodge we try a very basic, budget camp. We have been doing it for years and still find it entertaining and challenging.
We arrive at Riverside Camp in time for lunch which offers pasta, French fries, fried vegetables, salad and fruit, all very nice.
Our tent is called Tembo (elephant), there are two beds, a small bathroom with flush toilet and a wash basin with only one tap.
The access paths are set out with stones painted in zebra fashion which gives brilliant effect.
At 4pm when the temperature is 37 C we start our game drive.
It would be very appropriate to call it a drive through Elephant Kingdom.
What should clever animals like elephants do when in the scorching sun? They play in water, of course. So we stay glued to the river bank the whole afternoon and watch big elephants, small elephants and baby elephants, on our side of the river, then crossing the river, going back, mock fighting, splashing. From time to time they would get interested in our vehicle and come very close. We were demonstrated how to feed the babies if you have breasts between the forelegs or how to rub against the trees. For the first time we were able to see some elephants actually lying down in the shade of a bush.
When it is inevitable to start going back to the Camp, we are making a rather slow progress as the elephants are all the time around us: some are on our left, on our right and in front of the vehicle.
When we eventually get back to our camp and our very appropriately called tent (Tembo) we are offered dinner with a perfect tomato soup with croutons, choice of rice or potatoes, stew, cooked vegetables, coffee. Generally the food is a very strong point of this establishment.
We stay up long talking with our guide and the very friendly men who run this camp so efficiently.
Our breakfast was also perfect, fruit - pineapple, mango, pancakes, warm toast, fried eggs, coffee.
Remember: the choice is yours.