Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr and Mrs O - Dorset


Botswana & Vic Falls - A Wonderful Trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zimbabwe between 25-May-2012 and 7-Jun-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our trip to Botswana and the Victoria Falls has been fantastic. We have looked to travel to Botswana for a long time - and we were not disappointed. The standard of the camps was very good; the wildlife was fabulous; and the Falls are stunning in full flood.

We (like everyone) have our favourite camps, and the places that we would love to go back to one day - and the help and advice that we received from Megan and Nick at Expert Africa has been excellent.

To anyone who is thinking about whether or not to go to Botswana, we would highly recommend it. This was our 11th Wildlife Watching holiday (our 7th trip into Africa), and we have had wildlife encounters here that we have not experienced anywhere else, and at very close quarters.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

It might be worth adding in a suggested tip allowance for the Trackers in Botswana. We had a tracker on every Game Drive in addition to our Driver/Guide - and they are not included in the general staff tips.

It would perhaps be helpful to include a suggestion within the notes that travellers make sure they pack their bags prior to going out for the morning game drive on the day they are departing the camp, as flight times change - often without much warning!

In Zimbabwe, the additional taxes are currently all included in the International Ticket Price, so we did not need to pay anything extra when we departed.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lebala Camp, Botswana
26-May-2012 review: Lebala Luxury
ExcellentExcellent
Nxabega Safari Camp, Botswana
29-May-2012 review: Nxabega - the best food in Africa !
ExcellentExcellent
Kwara Camp, Botswana
31-May-2012 review: Kwara - Land of the Lion!
ExcellentExcellent
Sandibe Safari Lodge, Botswana
2-Jun-2012 review: Sandibe - Land of the Leopard!
GoodGood
Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
5-Jun-2012 review: Quintessentially British!
ExcellentExcellent

Kgalagadi and Cape Town - A Fantastic Trip!

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 14-Nov-2010 and 26-Nov-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Kgalagadi and Cape Town - and would happily, and enthusiastically, recommend it to others! The trip isn't for the faint hearted - or for anyone who is looking for a holiday on a plate - but if you love exploring, don't mind driving around (a lot!) and have been on safari before so you know that you won't see animals at every turn - then this trip is for you. The order you do things is important - so we would recommend Augrabies Falls, followed by the Kgalagadi, followed by Cape Town.

The wildlife we saw in the Kgalagadi was fabulous - and included the Black Maned Kalahari Lions (including a pair mating, as well as a couple of family groups and individuals), Cheetahs (including a pair lying in the shade right next to the road) and an amazing selection of antelopes, deer and other smaller mammals (including Bat Eared Foxes - and Meerkats!). As the tourist numbers in the the Kgalagadi are very low compared to other destinations in Africa, you have the chance to sit, watch and enjoy without interruption - which is a real privilege.

Cape Town is fantastic - and our only regret is not getting out to Robben Island (if you're going - make sure you pre-book ferry tickets to Robben Island in advance, as getting them when you're there is not easy).

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We think you should recommend to travellers who plan to visit the Kgalagadi that they should consider upgrading to a 4*4 vehicle. Although the roads are very good in the dry, it's a different story in the wet. But also - and perhaps more importantly - a number of the roads are below the vegetation height of the scrub/bush either side - so unless you have a high vehicle, you struggle to see the wildlife (we bumped into several people who were disappointed by the lack of wildlife - and all of them were travelling in saloon cars. Either we were lucky - or the height really did make a difference!)

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Augrabies Falls Restcamp, South Africa
15-Nov-2010 review: Augrabies Falls Restcamp review
GoodGood
Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, South Africa
17-Nov-2010 review: Twee Rivieren Rest Camp review
GoodGood
Nossob Rest Camp, South Africa
18-Nov-2010 review: Nossob Rest Camp review
AverageAverage
Grootkolk Wilderness Camp, South Africa
19-Nov-2010 review: Grootkolk Wilderness Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Kalahari Tented Camp, South Africa
21-Nov-2010 review: Kalahari Tented Camp review
GoodGood
Le Must River Residence, South Africa
22-Nov-2010 review: Le Must River Residence review
GoodGood
Vineyard Hotel and Spa, South Africa
23-Nov-2010 review: Vineyard Hotel and Spa review
ExcellentExcellent