Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr T - Hertfordshire


A memorable safari

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 17-Mar-2013 and 30-Mar-2013 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

I had been to Luangwa before, so knew roughly what to expect, and was not disappointed generally. There was not a great quantity of game around (or at least visible), which is perhaps to be expected at this time of year, but everyone tried very hard to ensure a good safari, and the river boat trips provided a very novel experience.

I would have no hesitation in recommending the area, and both RPS and NCS, to anyone contemplating a "real" Africa safari.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I think you do a pretty good job as it is, no changes necessary.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Nkwali, Zambia
18-Mar-2013 review: A great start
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
20-Mar-2013 review: Drama at lunchtime
ExcellentExcellent
Kakuli Bushcamp, Zambia
24-Mar-2013 review: Lovely to return after a few years
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
28-Mar-2013 review: Leopard at last!
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
29-Mar-2013 review: A good last night
ExcellentExcellent

Luangwa doesn't disappoint

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 30-Aug-2008 and 11-Sep-2008 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

From start to finish, the whole trip went very smoothly, with all movements linking seamlessly, especially in the bush where the logistics of moving people and supplies around between camps must be a nightmare. Congratulations to the unseen logistics team.

As far as the safari experience went, the whole holiday was a marvellous experience. I consider it to be a privilege to be lucky enough to visit places as wild as Luangwa with such a high level of comfort, and with such friendly people, whose sole aim seemed to be my enjoyment. Poor Theresa was distraught when previous guests ran her out of Mosi, but we made do with red wine OK, until the truck arrived next morning with fresh supplies.

I know Anna was in the bushcamps at the same time as me, but unfortunately our paths never crossed. I hope her experience was on a par with mine. I returned home a happy bunny with lovely memories of a great part of Africa, apart from the Tetse bites which still itch a little!

Thankyou all.

Suggestions for improvement:

It is always helpful to have an up to date indication of tipping levels, and the fact that dollars are acceptable virtually everywhere.
Similarly with extra expenses eg airport/flight taxes. Then one can ensure one has the correct amounts available in the necesary denominations, with no nasty surprises at barriers.

There was a lot of uncertainty as to the obligation to tip or not, the armed scout ,as he is not employed by NCS. The requirement to tip the guide separately is covered in Chris's book, but perhaps all the above could be swept up into the 'Notes for travellers' booklet

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kapani Lodge, Zambia
31-Aug-2008 review: kick off
ExcellentExcellent
Nsolo Bushcamp, Zambia
2-Sep-2008 review: Her father's daughter
ExcellentExcellent
Kakuli Bushcamp, Zambia
4-Sep-2008 review: noisy hippos; great people
ExcellentExcellent
Mchenja Bushcamp, Zambia
6-Sep-2008 review: just possibly the lovliest setting, but close
ExcellentExcellent
Luwi Bushcamp, Zambia
8-Sep-2008 review: Luwi Bushcamp review
ExcellentExcellent
Kapani Lodge, Zambia
10-Sep-2008 review: Final day
ExcellentExcellent
Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Zambia
11-Sep-2008 review: Taj Pamodzi Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent