Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames


my sep 13 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 20-Sep-2013 and 5-Oct-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

another fine trip and Shiwa was an excellent add-on as so different.
Please can we talk about 2014 possibilities especially about some info we have on Zimbabwe and Kafue from other guests we met.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
21-Sep-2013 review: Tafika 6th visit and as good as ever
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
25-Sep-2013 review: chikoko a fine bushcamp
ExcellentExcellent
Mwaleshi Camp, Zambia
27-Sep-2013 review: our favourite bushcamp in Luangwa
ExcellentExcellent
Shiwa Ng'andu, Zambia
1-Oct-2013 review: an old house with history and a huge farm
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
4-Oct-2013 review: good place to stop overnight
ExcellentExcellent

very nice time to visit Zambia

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 30-May-2012 and 11-Jun-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Going in the early season is quite different and well worth it

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Keep up the personal touch and the loads of advice, which everyone we met gets from Expert Africa.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
31-May-2012 review: 6th visit but this time in June
ExcellentExcellent
Crocodile Bushcamp, Zambia
3-Jun-2012 review: lovely walking in June
ExcellentExcellent
Wasa Lodge, Zambia
5-Jun-2012 review: Wasa, Kasanka Trust and Bengweulu superb
ExcellentExcellent
Luwombwa Lodge, Zambia
7-Jun-2012 review: nice simple lodge on the river
ExcellentExcellent
Wasa Lodge, Zambia
9-Jun-2012 review: Kasanka Trust and the community
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
10-Jun-2012 review: Pioneer Camp review
GoodGood

a fine 4th trip to Luangwa

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 21-Sep-2011 and 6-Oct-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Everything went wonderfully well as we returned to our 4 favorite camps in Luangwa. Plenty of new things to see and do, and we met up with all our good friends in the camps there. What a bit of paradise it is.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No. Just keep it up! We value the service EA has given to us on 5 trips to Africa, and have recommended it to others at the camps.

The advice before the trip is especially helpful as it avoids the wrong expectations/clothing/cameras/binoculars etc that other operators seem to ignore.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kuyenda Bushcamp, Zambia
22-Sep-2011 review: wonderful return trip
ExcellentExcellent
Tafika, Zambia
25-Sep-2011 review: walking whenever we could
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
28-Sep-2011 review: roan antelope at last
ExcellentExcellent
Mwaleshi Camp, Zambia
30-Sep-2011 review: return to paradise
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
5-Oct-2011 review: OK for 1 night by airport
AverageAverage

3rd wonderful visit to Luangwa

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 22-Sep-2010 and 7-Oct-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This is a star holiday. All the senses are fully alert during the walking trips which is what we like best. Zambia is such a friendly country and the lodges work very well. We simply love these trips and hope to return.

Many thanks to Claire and Chris who helped us choose once again to go back to this bit of paradise.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I would like an easier, more transparent view of lodge costs to help rule out the unsuitable early on in the selection process.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
23-Sep-2010 review: 3rd visit and still wonderful
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
25-Sep-2010 review: super bushcamp
ExcellentExcellent
Mwaleshi Camp, Zambia
27-Sep-2010 review: our favorite remote camp
ExcellentExcellent
Kapamba Bushcamp, Zambia
1-Oct-2010 review: standard fare
AverageAverage
Kuyenda Bushcamp, Zambia
3-Oct-2010 review: what a priviledge to visit
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
6-Oct-2010 review: ok for 1 night
AverageAverage

do repeat a success

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 7-Sep-2009 and 22-Sep-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

It was great to be back with the Tafica team and their 3 bushcamps. Walking is the activity to do at every opportunity, once you have seen most animals from a truck.

Suggestions for improvements:

lets talk about next year's trip and how about an increasing discount for faithful clients?

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
8-Sep-2009 review: great return visit
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
11-Sep-2009 review: great walking again
ExcellentExcellent
Crocodile Bushcamp, Zambia
13-Sep-2009 review: lovely spot still
ExcellentExcellent
Tafika, Zambia
15-Sep-2009 review: recharge battery visit
ExcellentExcellent
Mwaleshi Camp, Zambia
16-Sep-2009 review: best bushcamp site again
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
21-Sep-2009 review: simple stopover
GoodGood

zambia for bushcamps and walking

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 19-Sep-2008 and 4-Oct-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We first booked this trip for 2007 but Catherine was ill and we had to cancel. So we rebooked for 2008 as soon as we could.
Chris McIntyre was very helpful on the phone and persuaded me not to try to go to Botswana as well as Zambia. An excellent advice as this was more than enough for 2 weeks.

Anna worked through with me the camps to visit and their sequence, and got it just right so we had an excellent balance between basecamps and bushcamps. Mwalshi needs 4 days and is best kept until last. All the paperwork etc arrived to time and in full. I trust Expert Africa completely now after 2 trips with them to Africa. Many thanks to Anna.

The Bradt Guide is essential prior reading for choosing the camps and what to take etc.
Now I look forward to another trip to Africa. Will it be Botswana ( read up on the Bradt Guide first), Zambia in June/July, or back to Namibia. How lucky we are to have these choices!

Suggestions for improvement:

Don't change a thing. You have it just right for me.


I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
20-Sep-2008 review: great base camp
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
23-Sep-2008 review: first walking safari
ExcellentExcellent
Crocodile Bushcamp, Zambia
25-Sep-2008 review: 2nd bush camp
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
27-Sep-2008 review: smart base camp
GoodGood
Mwaleshi Camp, Zambia
29-Sep-2008 review: 3rd bush camp
ExcellentExcellent
Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Zambia
3-Oct-2008 review: Taj Pamodzi Hotel review
GoodGood