Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B from Belfast


Another excellent safari by Expert Africa

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 8-Jul-2014 and 20-Jul-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Yet again this was another truly excellent safari to Africa. We hadn't been to Kenya for some time and were slighly concerned about the numbers of vehicles we would see during our game drives having been spoilt in Zambia and Botswana by the almost total isolation experienced in their reserves. While you do see a number of vehicles around an animal sighting it's not too intrusive with the exception of the wildebeest crossing when it's a bit like Picadilly Circus.

Expert Africa's assistance and expertise ensured that the camps we picked were exactly what we had hoped for, small and intimate with great food, game viewing and accommodation. Many thanks to Ellie Dunkels for once again putting together a memorable trip. All the internal connections and pickups worked as planned and this confidence in the EA team is why we come back each time to EA when planning our trips.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Expert Africa to anyone considering a trip to the southern continent of Africa.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Can't think of anything, your team seem to think of everything.


I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ole-Sereni, Kenya
9-Jul-2014 review: Good hotel, ideally positioned for airports
GoodGood
Kicheche Laikipia, Kenya
10-Jul-2014 review: Excellent camp, good game viewing
ExcellentExcellent
Kicheche Bush Camp, Kenya
13-Jul-2014 review: Fantastic camp, terrific hosts
ExcellentExcellent
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
17-Jul-2014 review: Naboisho Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
The Emakoko, Kenya
20-Jul-2014 review: Good base for Nairobi
ExcellentExcellent

Another excellent trip to Zambia

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 1-Jul-2012 and 12-Jul-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was another excellent trip to Zambia, with superb accommodation and fantastic game viewing, some of which we will probably never see again. Initially we both felt that we would like to try a different country the next time but somehow Zambia gets under you skin and won't let go, so no doubt we will be back again in the not too distant future.

Ellie proved to be extremely knowledgeable about the areas we wished to visit and provided excellent feedback and alternative suggestions to our original thoughts.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Not sure I can add anything other than to say, keep doing what you are doing, you are obviously very good at it and we would not look elsewhere if we intended to visit any of the countries covered the Expert Africa team.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
2-Jul-2012 review: Another excellent trip to Kaingo
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
5-Jul-2012 review: Fantastic game viewing
ExcellentExcellent
Old Mondoro Bushcamp, Zambia
9-Jul-2012 review: Great location on the Zambezi
ExcellentExcellent

Another excellent trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 16-Jul-2010 and 26-Jul-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Another excellent trip and with the exception of the minor issue at Lusaka extremely well organised. All three camps were of the highest standard and we would recommend them without reservation. Each of the camps brought its own unique slant on the vists to Zambia and we would have no hesitation in coming back to this country for another safari.

All aspects of the 10 days were excellent, the food, accomdation, game drives, activities but especially the people we met made it a very special trip.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Keep doing what you are doing, you are obviously very good at it. Not having been to Zambia before we relied heavily on Anna's recommendation as regards locations for the game parks, but the selection of camps was based on these feedback forms so they certainly helped to determine which camps we came to choose.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tena Tena, Zambia
17-Jul-2010 review: Tena Tena review
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
20-Jul-2010 review: Kaingo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Chiawa Camp, Zambia
23-Jul-2010 review: Chiawa Camp review
ExcellentExcellent

A truly memorable trip to Botswana

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 30-Jun-2008 and 9-Jul-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was a wonderful trip, can't wait to go back. The organisation was excellent, especially the connections between Kasane and Zambia when we had to cross the river and we both thought we had to use the local ferry only to find we had our own personal boat to get us from Botswana to Zambia.

The lodges were excellent, as were the people and the food. We met some great people while we were there which made the trip even better.

No trip is perfect and we did feel that our pickup from Lebala airstrip at 10:00 in the morning was a bit early. We were obliged to cut short the early morning game drive and as a consequence did to not get a full breakfast. The pickup from Little Vumbura was at 13:00 so why could the same time not been applied for Lebala, or at least a bit later in order to have have breakfast.

But these are minor issues and in no way detracted from the overall success of the trip. There were so many highlights it's impossible to list them all, but the leopards mating at Little Vumbura is going to be hard to beat !!

Suggestions for improvement:

Keep doing what you are doing and you can't go wrong. Certainly I would happily recommend your company to anyone thinking of visiting southern Africa.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Little Vumbura, Botswana
1-Jul-2008 review: Wonderful safari at Little Vumbura
ExcellentExcellent
Lebala Camp, Botswana
4-Jul-2008 review: Terrific guides at Lebala
ExcellentExcellent
Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia
7-Jul-2008 review: Colonial style hotel
ExcellentExcellent