Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr and Mrs P from Volcano, USA


Tanzanian trip, July 2013

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 4-Jul-2013 and 21-Jul-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a great trip, but there were a few things that could have made it even better.

The cancellation of the British Air flights to Dar turned out to be a bigger headache than we anticipated. Kenya Air service was not very good and the extra stop and layover time in Nairobi was frustrating. If others are going to Dar I'd suggest looking into other options.

We chose to be driven to Selous rather than fly. But that took 2 long days (7 hours in the car each day). When we arrived in Selous others told us that they often drove to Dar on a different road in about 6 hours. We would have missed Mikumi NP, but there really wasn't enough to see there to justify the longer drive.

We were really disappointed in Jongomero, although others there were very pleased with it. The upscale facilities, pool, etc. were enough to satisfy others (many who seem to be booked into a Siwandu/Jongomero/Ras Kutani trip), most who seemed to be on their first safari. We selected Jongomero because of the great guiding on walks that was supposed to be there. But that guide (Molly) had left. Game there was very skittish and vehicle-shy. After a fantastic 3 days at Kwihala, Jongomero was a real letdown. We took a chance on the place, knowing that Molly had left after we booked it. That turned out to be a mistake.

But on a positive note, our 3 days at Kwihala and 4 days at Chole Mjini were absolutely spectacular and the memories from there are what will stay with us from this trip.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Stanley's Kopje, Tanzania
5-Jul-2013 review: Just an overnight stay
GoodGood
Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp), Tanzania
6-Jul-2013 review: Good stay at Siwandu
GoodGood
Selous Safari Camp Fly-camping, Tanzania
8-Jul-2013 review: Great fly camping experience
ExcellentExcellent
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
10-Jul-2013 review: Best guiding ever!!!!
ExcellentExcellent
Jongomero Camp, Tanzania
13-Jul-2013 review: Great camp
GoodGood
Jongomero Walking Safaris, Tanzania
15-Jul-2013 review: Good walking safari
GoodGood
Chole Mjini Lodge, Tanzania
17-Jul-2013 review: Great lodge and overall experience
ExcellentExcellent

Zim/Zam was fantastic!

On this trip, I visited Zambia & Zimbabwe between 17-Jun-2011 and 4-Jul-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our trip which combined visits to safari camps in Zambia and Zimbabwe was excellent!

This was our second trip to Africa using Expert Africa and we will not hesitate to use them again. Maruska was very helpful, and if she could not answer a specific question, she referred us to Chris. The Expert Africa team really tries to determine your interests and then suggests camps and experiences that will provide you with the best holiday possible!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I really can't think of anything. You guys know the countries and the camps. I especially appreciate that you are careful about trying to match a camp with a client, since we all bring slightly different expectations along with us.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
18-Jun-2011 review: Tafika Camp Review
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
21-Jun-2011 review: Chikoko Tree Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Crocodile Bushcamp, Zambia
23-Jun-2011 review: Crocodile Bushcamp review
ExcellentExcellent
Kawaza Village, Zambia
25-Jun-2011 review: Fantastic visit to Kawaza Village!
ExcellentExcellent
Vundu Camp, Zimbabwe
26-Jun-2011 review: Vundu Camp review
GoodGood
Kanga Bush Camp, Zimbabwe
30-Jun-2011 review: Kanga Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
3-Jul-2011 review: Pioneer Camp review
ExcellentExcellent