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Travel reviews by Mr K - Channel Islands


Fires, Empty Plains and to High Expectations

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 8-Sep-2012 and 21-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

The EA aspect of the trip was fine, but there were more disappointments than highs with the trip. A large part of this were down to poor game sightings (out of anyones control), the extensive fires in Etosha and I mean extensive, the road works which made it very dusty and the large lorries did not make sightings great.

My expectations of Dolomite and Mundela were to high and therefore disappointing overall, but to see Wild Dogs make a kill, meet some wonderful people and simply being in the bush can make some of the negatives seem less important.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Nope i think you have this all sorted.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
9-Sep-2012 review: Always be patient
GoodGood
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
11-Sep-2012 review: Only time will tell!
GoodGood
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
13-Sep-2012 review: Still a wonderful waterhole
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
14-Sep-2012 review: A little gem!!
GoodGood
Onguma Tented Camp, Namibia
15-Sep-2012 review: Relaxation & no ash.
GoodGood
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
17-Sep-2012 review: Managing Expectations
AverageAverage

Hot, long and very memorable

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 14-Oct-2010 and 30-Oct-2010 and I travelled with 3 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

EA as ever had organised everything to perfection, bar the info on how to get to Sususwe, but I forgive them this as everything else was perfect.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
15-Oct-2010 review: Lions, Lions and Lions
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
17-Oct-2010 review: A pleasant surprise
GoodGood
Onguma Tree Top, Namibia
18-Oct-2010 review: A lost battery and a leopard kill.
ExcellentExcellent
Hakusembe Lodge, Namibia
20-Oct-2010 review: Messing about in boats 1
GoodGood
Susuwe Island Lodge, Namibia
21-Oct-2010 review: Died and gone to heavan
ExcellentExcellent
Lianshulu Lodge, Namibia
23-Oct-2010 review: Messing about in boats 2
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
24-Oct-2010 review: Cats & Dogs
ExcellentExcellent
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
27-Oct-2010 review: Messing about in boats 3
GoodGood
Ghaub Guest Farm, Namibia
28-Oct-2010 review: A long way home
ExcellentExcellent

Once in a lifetime - possibly not

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 30-Aug-2009 and 13-Sep-2009 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

As ever everything was very well organised and any problems ironed out before they become a problem. Some trips just work and this was one of those trips.

It is all in the planning and the fantastic staff at EA - thanks again Claire and well done - I enjoyed the fruits of your hard work.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

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I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
30-Aug-2009 review: View to a kill
ExcellentExcellent
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
2-Sep-2009 review: New born
ExcellentExcellent
Sand Rivers Camp, Tanzania
5-Sep-2009 review: Messing about in boats
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
8-Sep-2009 review: Paradise
ExcellentExcellent
Oyster Bay, Tanzania
12-Sep-2009 review: The final retreat
ExcellentExcellent

Chada 5 Greystoke 1

On this trip, I visited Kenya & Tanzania between 16-Sep-2008 and 29-Sep-2008 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The trip was absolutely fantastic, the game in Katavi stunning and the Chimp expereince breath taking.

Katavi deserves a week and Mahale needs the four nights if you are a keen wildlife buff. The trip was well organised and once again EA came up with the goods.

This is probably my best ever trip so far owing to the wildlife and the great friends I made along the way.

Suggestions for improvement:

I think you have everything about right. A personal service is always worth paying for, a good personal service that delivers what it promises is woth it's weight in gold. Once again thank you for another great trip and I will be back for more next year.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Macushla House, Kenya
16-Sep-2008 review: Macushla House review
GoodGood
Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tanzania
17-Sep-2008 review: Arusha Coffee Lodge review
GoodGood
Chada Camp, Tanzania
18-Sep-2008 review: Chada Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Chada fly-camping, Tanzania
21-Sep-2008 review: Chada fly-camping review
ExcellentExcellent
Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania
23-Sep-2008 review: Greystoke Camp review
GoodGood

The Great Trek

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 25-Apr-2008 and 9-May-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was a long trip (4,000 Km), but it is a big country which deserves to be seen. If you want to see all of Namibia, take several trips, but make sure you see the best bits.

The intinerary we had was not ideal, but we left it late and Expert Africa had done agreat job of getting us what we wanted as best they could. Tracy you were a star well done.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
26-Apr-2008 review: Sam's best stop over in Swakopmund
ExcellentExcellent
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
28-Apr-2008 review: Sossus Dune Lodge
GoodGood
Tok Tokkie Trails, Namibia
30-Apr-2008 review: Tok Tokki Dreaming
ExcellentExcellent
Canyon Village, Namibia
2-May-2008 review: Big Canyon
GoodGood
Eagle's Nest, Namibia
4-May-2008 review: Heaven
ExcellentExcellent
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
7-May-2008 review: Grass on the red sands (again)
ExcellentExcellent

Botswana Winter Special

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 5-Aug-2007 and 18-Aug-2007 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The most important thing about any trip is to make sure it is well organised, everything has been booked and you have been well breifed. I would like to thank Expert Africa for taking care of this part of my holiday, because then i just need to turn up and follow the instructions.

What happens on a safari is largely out of your hands, i did not want to spend 3 days in an ash/dust bowl, but seeing that is what was on offer and the is nothing you can do about the weather, it's best to make the most of it and enjot the expereince.

Wildlife does not have an agenda and there is never any guarantee, go with an open mind, expect to see nothing and then be amazed a what nature can provide. This is my 7th safari and I had my first sighting of a wild cheetah, in pretty poor light, but the experience was stunning and well worth the wait.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Linyanti Bush Camp , Botswana
6-Aug-2007 review: Wind, dust and Ash
GoodGood
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
9-Aug-2007 review: Wild Dog paradise
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kwara, Botswana
12-Aug-2007 review: Buffalo Heaven
ExcellentExcellent
Chitabe Lediba, Botswana
15-Aug-2007 review: A Return Visit
ExcellentExcellent