Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs W from Coventry


My Oct 2014 trip

On this trip, I visited Malawi & Zambia between 7-Oct-2014 and 19-Oct-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Megan was exceptionally patient and helpful as we were planning our trip - we ended going to exactly the places that were right for us. Sometimes it is difficult to envisage each camp and their facilities and in this respect Megan was very supportive. The additional detailed information gained from Megan before our trip ensured everything ran smoothly and there were no nasty surprises.

We were pleased that our trip turned out to be very well balanced as we had hoped. South Luangwa obviously has greater game density than our other locations but the Lower Zambezi and Malawi gave different perspectives. The boat trips on the Zambezi were special and the friendliness and birding at Mkulumadzi were a great variation.

It was pleasing to feel that we not only visited an established camp in Zambia but also a brand new luxury camp in its first season. In addition we went to a reserve in Malawi that is trying hard to re-establish itself and really needs and deserves our support.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

The only point relates to photographic equipment. We did not have any problems but the weight issues could be a problem for other travellers or ourselves in future. It is almost impossible to stay within the 5 kgs hand luggage limit on the internal flights - it would be better if the airlines specified a maximum total weight including hold luggage. It is never really an issue on the flights as the hand luggage is stowed in the back of the plane.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp, Zambia
8-Oct-2014 review: Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
11-Oct-2014 review: Nkwali review
GoodGood
Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi
15-Oct-2014 review: Mkulumadzi Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent

My Botswana Trip Nov 2012

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 12-Nov-2012 and 22-Nov-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Primarily we wanted a varied experience of Botswana and to see the wild dogs, leopards and cheetahs and that is exactly what we got. It was a wonderful trip filled with many happy memories. In particular we were struck by the exceptional friendliness of all the people in Botswana - it was a real pleasure to be there. The guiding in the Kwando camps was of the highest order and nothing was too much trouble.

The only downside was the six people two tier vehicles used at Little Kwara and Nxai Pan. We were very fortunate not to be too affected by this but on another occasion we might not be so lucky. Some of the Kwando staff were apologetic about this situation which can be easily remedied by the senior management. We had little problem with six people in the three tier vehicles at Lagoon when the occasion arose. When you have paid a significant amount for such a holiday you don't want to be cramped into a vehicle for several hours.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No. Nick Hobbs gave us all the information we needed about the flights, the camps and tipping. Thank you very much.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
13-Nov-2012 review: Safari at Lagoon Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kwara, Botswana
16-Nov-2012 review: Safari at Little Kwara Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Nxai Pan Camp, Botswana
20-Nov-2012 review: Safari at Nxai Pan Camp
GoodGood