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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkNL View Post
    Here are a few shots of site 5, on the river front. We shared this site on night 1 (of 6) with a friendly group of committee members from the LROC. So night 1 had 6 vehicles on this site. Not ideal, but not cramped either.

    The river close to the campsites is a bit choked with grass and reeds, but the drive along the river from Dizhana towards Mogothlo, the water's probably deeper and it flows well - the drive is quite short, but very beautiful with plenty of game.

    At the campsite we saw hippo in the water every night, and most nights hyena came to nose around in the camp.
    Elephants walked through most afternoons, and seem tolerable (just keep your distance and respect, of course).
    Baboons also came through most afternoons, and we were pleased to observe that they seem shy of humans, and minded their own business as they foraged for food. (Totally different to the aggressive behaviour of baboons at Ihaha - Chobe).

    The campsite (5) was a perfect spot - lovely to braai as the sunsets.
    The donkey worked well, so we had a hot shower every day, and the water pump (servicing the whole camp) worked 80% of the time - if it went off, it usually came back on within a couple of hours.

    Hopefully the booking admin has been sorted by now, and the arrival nightmares of no place to camp (even with a booking) have been put to bed (so to speak).
    PS. We planned to use Dizhana as our base and drive to North Gate to enter Moremi, as often as possible.
    But discovered a whole network of roads between Mababe and North Gate/Khwai, which kept us busy.
    It's mainly a river drive along the Khwai, so it's also very beautiful, with plenty of game. We drove on the north/Khwai Trust side of the river, the south side is Moremi.
    Here're a couple of map images, so you can see what I mean.... Mababe and Dizhana are off map to the right.
    I picked the mapbook up at Gweta Lodge a few days earlier. It worked well in conjunction with T4A.
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    Hi all
    we booked a campsite at Dijara for 4 - 9 July 2017 in June 2016 already, but was told a week before our trip that we would have to stay at Dizhana. I was assured that there was running water and flushing toilets - so we did not have to bring along extra water (ie weight) all the way from Cape Town. Thankfully my husband insisted that we put one of our water tanks on the roof, and our friends with a caravan filled his water tank in Maun -
    We arrived at Dizhana for our 5 night stay, only to find the campsite abandoned! No water, no flushing toilets, thatch pulled from the roofs of the ablutions, lots of mice and filth on the floors, basins full of spiders and dirt, broken pipes etc etc. Obviously no-one had been there for months.
    What a nightmare for me - who organised the whole trip for 9 people, including 3 kids! Four of the campsites already had people on them, all with vouchers from Botswana Footprints. It was late afternoon, so we decided to stay for the night. We camped on Site 1, with a family of 4 right next door at site 2. The next morning they left, and we decided to stay and make the best of a really bad situation - where were we anyway going to find another campsite in the middle of the holiday season?!?
    We cleaned the ablution areas from all the thatch and dirt etc and "tidied" the campsite. The men went to see if they could fix the water pump but found things too damaged. Thankfully there was a broken water tank at the 'offices' which the men hooked, took down to the river and while 2 kept watch for the hippos and crocodiles, the other one filled the tank with a bucket. This was towed to our site and we got a sytem going to flush the toilet... ('n boer maak 'n plan). We brought along enough wood, so we were sorted. We used it as a base camp to visit Moremi and Savuti, and relaxed 2 days at the campsite.
    Throughout the 5 days, new people would arrive late every afternoon, totally flabbergasted when they found out the situation. But like typical 'bush lovers', we all made do and made space for those not having a spot.
    On day 4, 2x local gentlemen from the Trust came to check our vouchers. They had also tried to fix the water situation, but apparently the pump was burned out. At least they tried to help, and were very apologetic.
    In the end, we enjoyed every day of our stay at Dizhana, with lots of laughter, feeling like true 'voortrekkers' roughing it, making do with the bare basics. The disaster turned out to be a blessing in disguise, and even the kids said it was the best part of the 3 week holiday!
    Every night we could hear the hippos, lions in the distance, the resident leopard, and other wild creatures. And every day we saw hippos, crocodile, elephants, buck, giraffe and buffalo etc on the drive next to the river.
    Dizhana is stunning! So hopefully everything will be sorted out with the bookings, and then I'm sure it will become one of the most sort-after spots in the area...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gico View Post
    Hi all
    we booked a campsite at Dijara for 4 - 9 July 2017 in June 2016 already, but was told a week before our trip that we would have to stay at Dizhana. I was assured that there was running water and flushing toilets - so we did not have to bring along extra water (ie weight) all the way from Cape Town. Thankfully my husband insisted that we put one of our water tanks on the roof, and our friends with a caravan filled his water tank in Maun -
    We arrived at Dizhana for our 5 night stay, only to find the campsite abandoned! No water, no flushing toilets, thatch pulled from the roofs of the ablutions, lots of mice and filth on the floors, basins full of spiders and dirt, broken pipes etc etc. Obviously no-one had been there for months.
    What a nightmare for me - who organised the whole trip for 9 people, including 3 kids! Four of the campsites already had people on them, all with vouchers from Botswana Footprints. It was late afternoon, so we decided to stay for the night. We camped on Site 1, with a family of 4 right next door at site 2. The next morning they left, and we decided to stay and make the best of a really bad situation - where were we anyway going to find another campsite in the middle of the holiday season?!?
    We cleaned the ablution areas from all the thatch and dirt etc and "tidied" the campsite. The men went to see if they could fix the water pump but found things too damaged. Thankfully there was a broken water tank at the 'offices' which the men hooked, took down to the river and while 2 kept watch for the hippos and crocodiles, the other one filled the tank with a bucket. This was towed to our site and we got a sytem going to flush the toilet... ('n boer maak 'n plan). We brought along enough wood, so we were sorted. We used it as a base camp to visit Moremi and Savuti, and relaxed 2 days at the campsite.
    Throughout the 5 days, new people would arrive late every afternoon, totally flabbergasted when they found out the situation. But like typical 'bush lovers', we all made do and made space for those not having a spot.
    On day 4, 2x local gentlemen from the Trust came to check our vouchers. They had also tried to fix the water situation, but apparently the pump was burned out. At least they tried to help, and were very apologetic.
    In the end, we enjoyed every day of our stay at Dizhana, with lots of laughter, feeling like true 'voortrekkers' roughing it, making do with the bare basics. The disaster turned out to be a blessing in disguise, and even the kids said it was the best part of the 3 week holiday!
    Every night we could hear the hippos, lions in the distance, the resident leopard, and other wild creatures. And every day we saw hippos, crocodile, elephants, buck, giraffe and buffalo etc on the drive next to the river.
    Dizhana is stunning! So hopefully everything will be sorted out with the bookings, and then I'm sure it will become one of the most sort-after spots in the area...
    I think a lot happened/improved between your stay (4-9 Jul) and our stay (11- 17 Aug).
    The Trust was only given their licence to operate the week before we arrived (so the camp wasn't officially open when you were there. Several reports on the Forum in recent months advised the camp was in a bad way).
    Fortunately though it seems things improved: we had hot and cold running water (nb. not drinking water), shower, flush toilets and clean campsite. The thatch had been tidied up (not repaired though, yet).
    Hopefully, these 'improved' conditions are what people can expect from now on.
    (But there were still mice everywhere at night - quite a severe infestation - anything left out/on the ground is at risk of being chewed or soiled).

    Glad you had a good stay, in spite of the conditions then.
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    We were at Dizhana for 3 nights. We like to travel early and arrive early, in order to get good sites etc.
    We new in advance that the whole Mabebe camp site situation was in a mess for this season until more camp sites are opened up.
    We new that there would be teething problems with new management etc. but they sorted them out as the occurred.
    Only down side was the price of wood, small bundles for P30.
    We new in advance that we would most likely be sharing.
    We shared with 2 different groups on different nights.
    We had a fantastic stay.
    Just wish we had spent an extra 2 nights to explore more of Moremi.
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    We have just returned from a trip to Bots via Namibia. Spent 5 night in Dizhana. [2 vehicles and 4 adults]. We were met with the usual no booking but we had brought along all docs and copies of e-mails confirming our bookings plus a receipt. So suddenly they found that site 4 was available. We found the site very good, quite rustic - how we like it - and the front garden was the river .We had many visitations of elephants, waterbuck, hippos, hyena etc. We did daily drives in the area into Moreme mostly. However I must say I was disappointed in Botswana in general in so far as service for tourists is concerned. On the way out we stopped at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary and were met with "you still have to pay" - thankfully they had our booking. We sorted it out but it is an unnecessary hassle.

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    Has anybody had more recent experiences with Dizhana - are they still in chaos or settling in now? Are they definitely operational again, and does anybody have contact details for me? I tried their number but it just says "not available".

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    Just returned and everything was operational. Running water and flush toilets. Still quite a few mice around though so make sure any food is well secured.
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    Thank you Paul!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMark View Post
    Just returned and everything was operational. Running water and flush toilets. Still quite a few mice around though so make sure any food is well secured.
    ...there will always be mice and rats in the bush...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MView View Post
    ...there will always be mice and rats in the bush...
    Don't dispute that, but having stayed at 3rd Bridge, Xakanaxa, Savuti, Linyanti and Ihaha on this trip the mice/rats were far more noticeable at Dizhana. Doesnt detract from the fantastic setting though - I actually wish we'd spent more time there.
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    I unfortunately will never stay there again.
    We had 2 vehicles and were allocated a campsite. Another vehicle was then also allocated to the same site about 3 hours after we arrived. In the evening 2 more vehicles arrived and were shown to camp between us. After questioning the staff we were told that we could take another 2 vehicles to make 16 people as it was a double site.
    This is just greed and I suspect that the people who book us at these sites know about it. We did not have walk ins, all the bookings were made months before. A very unpleasant evening at a rather nice spot.

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