We all have our views on what constitutes the ideal camp and what we try to include in our safaris. Some of us are quite vociferous regarding what is acceptable and what is not and this covers the style of camp, the number of tourists catered for, the infrastructure, the guiding, the wild feel, the sort of animals likely to be seen and in what volumes … the list is endless.
I think that many frequent visitors would have at least one feature on which they will not budge and staying at a camp or lodge that had that feature would be unconscionable.
So assuming everything is pretty much ideal is there ONE (note only one) thing that would turn you away from booking. Any more than one and then it really isn't an ideal camp in the first place.
To give examples of my own: there are things that I don't rate highly such as preferring small tented camps with a low environmental impact over big lodges … but I will and have stayed at Sopa Ngorongoro because of its price and position.
I like wilderness areas with low tourists numbers but am a repeat visitor to the Masai Mara and the wider conservancy areas but always in the January, February period to reduce the possibility of huge crowds.
I don't like the idea of fenced conservancies but happily visit Lake Nakuru NP for its bird life; Aberdares as you'd never realise that they are fenced and Lewa WC although it does have a 'gap' even though I hate coming up against the fence.
I am wracking my brain to think of the one thing which would make me say no and I can't come up with just one. Two or three together, certainly but then it probably wouldn't have been on my 'possibles' list.
I'd say no to a camp which had a swimming pool if it was in an arid area with no regard to water conservation … or would I? What if it was the only possible place to stay and the area was especially attractive for a number of reasons.
I think I'd sell my beliefs for access to somewhere that I really want to go and that's a salutatory lesson for me.
Depending on what answers I get, I may open a topic restricted to TWO features which would make you abandon a camp. I think I could manage two.