Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr. & Mrs C - Berwick


We wouldn't have changed a thing

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 13-Jan-2015 and 28-Jan-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

After a safari to Botswana in September 2013 we decided to visit Tanzania in green season, deliberately targeting Selous and Ruaha as a less busy area. Both locations far exceeded expectations and offered a very varied landscape with wildlife to match.

Our three camps were different in character and in how they operate. We were so glad we spent five nights at each as this allowed time to fully explore each area as well as getting to know the guides and staff. We didn't travel with expectations of seeing particular animals and with the bush in full growth thought sightings might be more elusive. However, we saw everything we thought we might see and much more. The number and variety of birds, including migrants, was stunning.

Everything went like clockwork, including camps being aware that we are vegetarian (not a problem!). Without exception staff were friendly, welcoming, informative and helpful. The time flew by and more than 3,000 photographs later, we were sad to leave. We wouldn't have changed a thing.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
13-Jan-2015 review: Great start to our Tanzanian safari
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
18-Jan-2015 review: Spectacular!
ExcellentExcellent
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
23-Jan-2015 review: Kwihala Camp review
ExcellentExcellent

Magic moments

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zimbabwe between 4-Sep-2013 and 16-Sep-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

First we thought Nick advised us well to start at Victoria Falls then move on to the camps. The pre-holiday information sent by Expert Africa was extremely informative and useful and Nick was always prompt in answering our queries.

The three Kwando camps were uniformly excellent but different in their own ways. The common denominator was the positive and welcoming attitude of all the staff. No exceptions. We can't praise them too highly. All were extremely helpful, worked hard and really seemed to want to contribute to the enjoyment of your holiday.

We were apprehensive when setting out as to how we would cope as vegetarians but we enjoyed every meal. We have seen negative reviews about the food but literally everything is cooked or prepared from scratch and we found it extraordinary how such delicious things are prepared in the middle of nowhere.

A small point but we think Kwando are missing an opportunity in the camp shops where there is little choice of local crafts as mementoes. Indeed no-one seemed to know what if anything had been made in Botswana.

This was our first visit to Africa and would probably be difficult to beat. Everything went smoothly from the moment we landed at Victoria Falls to our return flight to Maun. We saw everything that we wanted to see and more and returned home with more than 1600 photographs and memories that will be with us for a long time. Kwando's policy of a maximum six people per jeep makes for memorable and intimate sightings. On a couple of occasions we were the only ones in the jeep. Being so close to the wildlife with no-one else about was magical.


I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
5-Sep-2013 review: Great location for Victoria Falls
GoodGood
Lebala Camp, Botswana
7-Sep-2013 review: Great introduction to Kwando camps
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
9-Sep-2013 review: Superb location and sumptuous accommodation
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kwara, Botswana
11-Sep-2013 review: Little Kwara ... big experience
ExcellentExcellent