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Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs W from Croydon


Excellent and enjoyable safari holiday

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 24-Aug-2014 and 6-Sep-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our holiday as a whole was excellent and extremely enjoyable.

We saw a great variety of wildlife including some particular animals that we had hoped to see. The guides were all excellent and knowledgeable, and were keen to meet our expectations. We never felt rushed and were able to spend plenty of time at different sightings.

Accommodation was generally excellent and well run with good food. The camps were all open so that animals could wander through but we always felt safe with the camps' security arrangements.

The arrangements for travel between airports/airstrips and camps generally worked well. Camp guides were always at airstrips to meet us and took us to meet planes on time. The transfer between two internal flights at Dar was not as smooth as it could have been (see comments) but was sorted out without too much difficulty.

The first part of the holiday at Ngorogoro and Dunia was arranged by Asilia. Overall, we were impressed by what we learnt of the company and its community support, as well as the quality of its safaris.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

This is the second time we have arranged a holiday with Expert Africa and again we have been very impressed from original discussions to the trip itself. Liz was very helpful and knowledgeable in setting up the itinerary. The holiday more than met out expectations.

There is just one suggestion relating to internal flights. We had expected that we would find out about any plane changes as we took each internal flights which is what happened. However, you will see that we have commented on a bit of confusion in changing at Dar on our trip from Seronera to Selous. This was essentially because the pilot who took over our incoming plane said he was going to Selous and we did not realise at that time that Coastal planes do not call at all the Selous airstrips. We think it would be worth having a note in your Tanzania guidance notes to warn about this and the need to check-in at Dar (with luggage).

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Plantation Lodge, Tanzania
25-Aug-2014 review: Great place to stay after long journey
ExcellentExcellent
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
27-Aug-2014 review: Stunning location at Dunia
ExcellentExcellent
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
30-Aug-2014 review: Great variety of safaris at Impala
ExcellentExcellent
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
3-Sep-2014 review: Great camp and great wildlife at Mwagusi
ExcellentExcellent

Excellent holiday - exceeding expectations

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe between 16-Sep-2012 and 4-Oct-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Overall, we had an extremely enjoyable holiday. The variety of wildlife experiences exceeded our expectations. Accommodation was all very good or excellent. All the arrangements within the control of Expert Africa, whether for accommodation or transfers, worked out fine, without any problems.

The holiday wasn't one of Expert Africa's standard holidays. We spent some time working out the itinerary with them. That was time well spent and their expert advice was invaluable. Thanks very much to Gwynneth and also Nick for his advice on Botswana early on.


A couple of specific comments which don't fit in elsewhere:

1. We had two flights with Mack Air and had a good experience with them both times: friendly pilots and good flights. In addition, we had arranged for suitcases to be flown on separately from Maun to Kasane. This was handled efficiently and there was no difficulty retreiving the suitcases at Kasane airport.

2. We had a transfer with Wilderness Safaris from Kasane airport to Victorial Falls. This was handled efficiently so that we were able to complete the border formalities on entering Zimbabwe without a hitch.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No - well organised holiday, plenty of helpful information.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Haus Sonneneck, Namibia
17-Sep-2012 review: Great welcome, great lodging
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Lodge, Namibia
18-Sep-2012 review: Room with a great lagoon view
ExcellentExcellent
Otjibamba Country Lodge, Namibia
20-Sep-2012 review: Good lodge for an overnight stop
AverageAverage
Halali Camp, Namibia
21-Sep-2012 review: Great location for driving in Etosha.
GoodGood
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
23-Sep-2012 review: Relaxing stay and excellent waterhole
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kwara, Botswana
26-Sep-2012 review: Wonderful animal sightings at Little Kwara
ExcellentExcellent
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
29-Sep-2012 review: Excellent game viewing and quality lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe
2-Oct-2012 review: Very comfortable base for exploring the falls
GoodGood