My wife and I spent 3 nights at Stevensford Game Reserve at the beginning of October, 2015.
From other travellers' reviews and what we read on the website and Facebook page, we hoped for and expected more than we experienced.
The reserve has trails (all of them) for self-drives and ample game - we saw giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, a few monkeys, some baby crocs, squirrels, rabbits and snakes. No hippos could be seen along the river as we were told, though.
There are a couple of campsites along the river where you can stop at and have a picnic or braai or just enjoy the shade...provided the campsite isn't occupied, obviously.
There are a few watering holes on the map where game apparently frequent, but most of the holes were practically empty.
The accommodation itself was, alright, to say the least. The "Treefrog" cottage was cosy and had a well equipped boma (kitchen) next to it, but the cottage was unkempt, dusty with cobwebs, the shower was clogged and there were insects all over the floor and walls, although there is a mosquito net above the bed, which was very necessary.
Granted, Stevensford is probably aimed more at travellers who are on their way further up North in Botswana and would stay a night or maybe 2, so maybe one shouldn't expect to be in the lap of luxury here...but keeping a room clean and the shower unclogged should be considered "essential".
The young man and lady who greeted us and kept our 5L bottles of water cold in their freezer (as our small bar fridges couldn't hold both all our food AND our water), were quite friendly, helpful and informative and the reserve is beautiful (in an African-bush kind of way) and there are game (but you have to be persistent, relatively quiet and drive slowly) and you are on the river bank, so all in all staying over at Stevensford for a few nights, while possibly not the most exciting or super-clean of places, it seems to be a nice place to relax and unwind and is probably a good start, as it was for us, to any and all African bush trips.
Check out the Stevensford Game Reserve website for more information and contact details.
See the gallery below for more photos from our trip to the Stevensford Game Reserve.
Location of Stevensford Game Reserve:
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