Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Miss K & Mr G from London


Excellent trip

On this trip, I visited Namibia & South Africa between 10-Apr-2014 and 28-Apr-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We really enjoyed our holiday. Namibia is a great country and the scenery is spectacular.

If I was doing the trip again I wouldn't have stayed a night in Namtib Desert Lodge but would have put in a night at Quivertree Forest after our stay in Fish River Canyon. We stopped here for a couple of hours on our way to Luderitz, but we wished that we had more time and were able to see it at sunrise and sunset.

The driving was mostly fine in our high clearance 2WD. The only roads that caused us problems were the access track to Polentswa lodge and the D707 north of Namtib Desert Lodge where the road is basically sand for a 20km stretch. I would recommend that in future you only recommend this road for people in a 4WD and that you recommend the C13/C27 route for anyone in a 2WD. I think that even though this is longer it would be much faster as the D707 is in a pretty bad way once you get North of Namtib Desert Lodge. The scenery doesn't get really good until the C27 near the Namib Rand reserve.

We had an issue at Polentswa lodge, however, this was quickly resolved - thank you for your help with this. I would recommend that you clarify the current situation regarding night drives and other activities with the Ta Shebube lodges and update your website accordingly. We were really impressed by the quality of the Ta Shebube Rooiputs lodge - we had a great time there and saw some great animals.

I would have liked to have one or two nights on the Mata-Mata side of the national park as well as Rooiputs, as the wildlife and birds are quite different here to Rooiputs, but all the park accommodation was full so it was not possible. However, I would recommend this for future guests if the accommodation is available.

Feedback response

We would like to thanks these travellers for their very informative feedback. As a result of this we noted that the track to Polentswa requires a 4WD and will advise future travellers of this.

In general, we always send our travellers along the C13/C27, unless they are staying at Namtib Desert Lodge, but have also noted that a 4WD may be required when visiting Namtib.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Augrabies Falls Restcamp, South Africa
11-Apr-2014 review: Awesome Augrabies
ExcellentExcellent
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
13-Apr-2014 review: Lovely stay at Canyon Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Nest Hotel, Namibia
15-Apr-2014 review: Nest Hotel
AverageAverage
Namtib Desert Lodge, Namibia
17-Apr-2014 review: Namtib Desert Lodge
AverageAverage
Desert Homestead, Namibia
18-Apr-2014 review: Desert Homestead
GoodGood
Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge, Namibia
20-Apr-2014 review: Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
GoodGood
Torgos Safari Lodge
21-Apr-2014 review: Torgos Safari Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Ta Shebube Polentswa, South Africa
22-Apr-2014 review: Ta Shebube Polentswa
AverageAverage
Ta Shebube Rooiputs, South Africa
25-Apr-2014 review: Ta Shebube Rooiputs
ExcellentExcellent

October 2012 trip to Zambia

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 12-Oct-2012 and 3-Nov-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We enjoyed our trip to Zambia.

Expert Africa did a great job with the organisation and recommendations.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Zambezi Sun, Zambia
13-Oct-2012 review: Location, Location, Location!
ExcellentExcellent
Shumba Camp, Zambia
16-Oct-2012 review: Luxurious Shumba
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
19-Oct-2012 review: Leopards galore at Mwamba
ExcellentExcellent
Tafika, Zambia
21-Oct-2012 review: Lovely time at Tafika
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
23-Oct-2012 review: Kaingo Camp - disappointing
PoorPoor
Wasa Lodge, Zambia
26-Oct-2012 review: Brilliant Bats
ExcellentExcellent
Old Mondoro Bushcamp, Zambia
29-Oct-2012 review: Old Mondoro Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Chiawa Camp, Zambia
1-Nov-2012 review: Charming Chiawa
ExcellentExcellent