Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Bill & Jennifer - Redondo Beach, California


A most enjoyable experience!

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 26-Sep-2007 and 15-Oct-2007 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Thank you for a memorable experience.

Just a couple sidebar comments - Bill and I really took to heart your brochure/manual's instructions and brought/bought all neutral clothing and packed in soft-sided duffle bags. We were pretty shocked that a good percentage of visitors wore bright clothing and brought suitcases with wheels! I was a little embarrassed for them (especially the Americans). Does this happen often?

We cannot thank you enough for our best trip yet! :-)

Up until this trip, I would've said that my trips to China/Japan and New Zealand were my favorite, but since this trip, I have told anyone who asks, that this is by far my most favorite trip I have ever taken. It was amazing. I went into this trip thinking that this would be a "once in a lifetime" experience. But now, Bill and I think that if we can afford it, we will DEFINITELY go back and if we could, we would go back multiple times (and also explore other parts of Africa).

As I mentioned in my review of Kwara, Chris certainly showed Bill and I why he wrote the Bradt Guide on Botswana. Chris could not have been more on par with planning our trip considering we planned it so late and there was not a whole lot to work with in terms of availability.

In hindsight, there are a couple things I would have done differently--

1) I would not have stayed 4 nights at Chitabe. I would've stayed either one more night at Kwara or Vumbura.

2) Vumbura would be the last camp, rather than second to last.

3) If it were possible (although, I did not see this occur nor do I know if one could do this), I would have requested a different guide at Duma Tau.

Overall, an excellent experience! The best trip we've ever taken!!! :-)

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kwara Camp, Botswana
28-Sep-2007 review: Kwara Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Chitabe Camp, Botswana
1-Oct-2007 review: Chitabe Camp review
GoodGood
Vumbura Plains, Botswana
5-Oct-2007 review: Vumbura Plains review
ExcellentExcellent
DumaTau Camp, Botswana
8-Oct-2007 review: DumaTau review
GoodGood
Own Arrangements - Cape Town
11-Oct-2007 review: review
ExcellentExcellent