Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr. & Mrs C - Berwick

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:


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
Lebala Camp, Botswana
7-Sep-2013 review: Great introduction to Kwando camps
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
9-Sep-2013 review: Superb location and sumptuous accommodation
Little Kwara, Botswana
11-Sep-2013 review: Little Kwara ... big experience