Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mrs & Mr O - California


We want to go again!

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe between 6-Aug-2014 and 9-Sep-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a fabulous time! Unfortunately, this once-in-a-lifetime trip makes us want to go again, and again, and again!

I do hope the concessionaire's are careful not to over build. They are able to charge top dollar because of their high concentration of animals to a low density of visitors. But when vehicles are stacking up, waiting for a 10 to 15-minute turn to see the animals, the concentration is already too high for my tastes. There is something to be said for having more eyes in the field, because you then have more opportunity to make a good sighting. But there needs to be a balance, and we saw many new camps being added, and many camps are increasing the number of guests they can accommodate. As someone going to visit, note not only the number of tents in your camp, but of all the camps within the concession.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
With your booking, Expert Africa has a general interest, basic requests, etc box; it would be nice to be able to customize that for each activity and/or camp to accommodate interests and expectations for different locations.

You guys and gals at Expert Africa are great! Everyone I've dealt with, though primarily Maruska and her sister Saskia when she was still with you, has been most helpful, honest, and pretty-darn-accurate, which I appreciate more than I can express!

Filling out this review has been a nightmare for me. Next time I will type things out elsewhere, and then cut and paste them in, which should work. When I tried to go back to previous page, whatever I'd typed was swallowed. If I hit save, it kicked me out, and I had to start again at the very beginning. I hated having to scroll forward through every page from the beginning, so I tried cheating and leaving the form open, but it would time out, again swallowing whatever I'd typed. It would be nice to be able to open on any page, so I could complete as time and mood allowed. Oh, well.

Sorry it's taken me so long to complete. I know I really appreciated other people's reviews and used the reviews heavily in making my choices--I would also like to see a scale of 1 - 10, because I would've liked to differentiate between good and excellent with a very good. The overall quality of all these camps is at least good, but some were far more excellent than others.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
7-Aug-2014 review: Comfortable Stay in Windhoek
ExcellentExcellent
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
8-Aug-2014 review: Sossus Dune Lodge good for photographers
GoodGood
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, Namibia
11-Aug-2014 review: Big Disappointment with Wolwedans
PoorPoor
Rostock Ritz, Namibia
13-Aug-2014 review: Unexpected Delight at Rostock Ritz
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Lodge, Namibia
14-Aug-2014 review: Lots of flamingoes across from Lagoon Loge
ExcellentExcellent
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
16-Aug-2014 review: Marvelous Fabulous Desert Rhino Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Serra Cafema, Namibia
19-Aug-2014 review: Serra Cafema has so much more to offer
GoodGood
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
22-Aug-2014 review: Lots of wildlife around Ongava
ExcellentExcellent
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
24-Aug-2014 review: Ilala; great location for a day at the falls.
ExcellentExcellent
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
26-Aug-2014 review: Enjoyable day on the river with Muchenje
GoodGood
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
28-Aug-2014 review: Classic 'Leopard in a Tree' at Lagoon Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kwara, Botswana
31-Aug-2014 review: the dogs were amazing at Little Kwara
ExcellentExcellent
Little Vumbura, Botswana
3-Sep-2014 review: Standard for Excellence is Little Vumbura
ExcellentExcellent
Tubu Tree Camp, Botswana
6-Sep-2014 review: Good Tradition at Tubu Tree
ExcellentExcellent

Fabulous First Safari

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 8-Oct-2013 and 24-Oct-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our trip was excellent. Thank you, Maruska, for suggesting we add the Lower Zambezi to our trip; it really did offer another dimension, balancing our overall experience.

One disappointment, and I'm not sure who knew what when, or if Expert Africa knew at all, was the added traffic flow caused by BBC filming in South Luangwa. They were given special permission to operate all hours of day and night, and when present at lion and leopard sightings their crew usually added 3-vehicles, making some of our sightings very congested. I had chosen the northern sector of the park, particularly for its lesser density. I know how much the publicity is good for the park, and the wildlife, I just selfishly wish it hadn't interfered with my own experience.

I had initially wanted to add Zambia to our proposed trip to Namibia and Botswana, but our trip was becoming far too long, so we opted to take a 'warm-up' instead. I'm glad we did, as we've opted to go with a private guide/vehicle during our second Africa visit. This will give us more say in what we see and how much time we spend where, something very important in obtaining good photographs.

Expert Africa's arrangements worked flawlessly. Thank you.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
8-Oct-2013 review: Good Layover at Pioneer Camp
GoodGood
Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
9-Oct-2013 review: Unbeatable Beginning to our Safari at Chongwe
ExcellentExcellent
Tafika, Zambia
13-Oct-2013 review: Excellent Guiding and Wildlife at Tafika
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
17-Oct-2013 review: Stunning Location Overflowing with Wildlife
GoodGood
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
19-Oct-2013 review: Mwamba's Last Waterhole Hide was Fantastic
GoodGood
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
23-Oct-2013 review: Fantastic Finaly with Kaingo
GoodGood