Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr & Mr T from Bucks


My Jul 2010 trip

On this trip, I visited Rwanda & Tanzania between 28-Jul-2010 and 13-Aug-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

The overall experience was good though there were highs and not so good experiences.

AT ORTPN because there was nowhere comfortable to sit and relax, we tried to spend as much time out in the forest as possible. This was very enjoyable though we were not aware that even a walk out had to be accompanied by a guide and came at a substantial price - in cash, in US dollars. As we had 4 nights there we bought a 3-day birdwatching pass each which was exactly the correct thing to do and we had a good time with this.

The guiding was excellent and we saw much more than if we had gone on our own. BUT having set off with what we thought was plenty of cash we were left concerned that we would not have enough for the rest of the holiday. We had sterling cash, travellers cheques and credit cards, none of which we could use.

Everything was OK in the end but it would have helped to have been aware before hand of this and we would have been far more prepared financially, and not had some anxious moments.

Tracking to the colobus monkeys: Good
Thoroughly enjoyable

Tracking to the chimpanzees: Good
We were fortunate to see both on the ground and in the trees.- stunning

Tracking to the Golden monkeys: Good
Lots seen and very close up- can recommend

Tracking to the gorillas: Excellent
Words fail to explain the awe inspiring experience of sitting close to and being surrounded by a family of these gentle giants!

Personal guide in Rwanda: Good
He was passionate about his country and ready to share his thoughts and knowledge.


Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Keep the team as well briefed as they are and updated. Personal knowledge of the Lodges and faciltiies you use is appreciated

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
ORTPN Resthouse, Rwanda
29-Jul-2010 review: ORTPN Resthouse review
AverageAverage
Virunga Lodge, Rwanda
2-Aug-2010 review: Virunga Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Pole Pole, Tanzania
8-Aug-2010 review: Pole Pole review
GoodGood

My Dec 2008 trip

On this trip, I visited Zanzibar between 25-Dec-2008 and 2-Jan-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Relaxation as desired!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Breezes Beach Club, Zanzibar
26-Dec-2008 review: Breezes Beach Club review
ExcellentExcellent

Wild life at its best

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 10-Aug-2007 and 26-Aug-2007 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was a well planned holiday, that was enjoyable in every sense of the word. we will be returning to Zambia and to the same places- and we will book with Expert Africa - there can be no greater accolade.

keep up the good work. speaking to someone who has been to the camps gave a great sense of security to our decisions.

i would recommned that continuing the policy of personal visits be continued. your accurate knowledge was a great selling point

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
11-Aug-2007 review: Welcome at Tafika
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
12-Aug-2007 review: Chikoko Tree experience
ExcellentExcellent
Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
16-Aug-2007 review: Close Elephants at Chongwe!
ExcellentExcellent
Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia
22-Aug-2007 review: Luxury retreat
GoodGood