Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone


My Jan 2014 trip

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 27-Jan-2014 and 13-Feb-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Everything fitted into place well - the individual elements and transfers worked on schedule.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We have used Expert Africa for many years and have utmost confidence in their organising abilities and information for our trips.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ole-Sereni, Kenya
27-Jan-2014 review: Ole Sereni comments
PoorPoor
Tortilis Camp, Kenya
28-Jan-2014 review: Tortilis Camp review
ExcellentExcellent

Zimbabwe & S.Africa trip Oct 2013

On this trip, I visited Botswana, South Africa & Zimbabwe between 10-Oct-2013 and 31-Oct-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

As a regular client of Expert Africa we received the normal high level of attention to our needs.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Chobe Safari Lodge, Botswana
11-Oct-2013 review: Chobe Safari Lodge review
GoodGood
The Hide, Zimbabwe
13-Oct-2013 review: The Hide review
ExcellentExcellent
Little Makalolo Camp, Zimbabwe
18-Oct-2013 review: Little Makalolo review
GoodGood
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
20-Oct-2013 review: Ilala Lodge review
GoodGood
InterContinental O.R. Tambo, South Africa
21-Oct-2013 review: InterContinental OR Tambo review
ExcellentExcellent
Own arrangements
22-Oct-2013 review: Visit to Hluhluwe and Umfolozi
GoodGood
Phinda Vlei Lodge
25-Oct-2013 review: Phinda Vlei lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Phinda Rock Lodge
28-Oct-2013 review: Phinda Rock Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent

Trip Review

On this trip, I visited South Africa & Zimbabwe between 30-Oct-2011 and 20-Nov-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

No more comment necessary

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Cannot comment on the web site as I only refer to your brochure and telephone discussions with staff. I also have extensive knowledge of many of the areas we go to.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
31-Oct-2011 review: Ilala Lodge
GoodGood
The Hide, Zimbabwe
1-Nov-2011 review: The Hide
ExcellentExcellent
Davison's Camp, Zimbabwe
5-Nov-2011 review: Davisons Camp review
GoodGood
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
7-Nov-2011 review: Ilala lodge review
GoodGood
City Lodge OR Tambo, South Africa
8-Nov-2011 review: City Lodge OR Tambo Johannesburg
AverageAverage
own arrangements
9-Nov-2011 review: Overall trip review
ExcellentExcellent

Overall comments

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 14-Feb-2011 and 2-Mar-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We are experienced safari travellers and therefore do not go overboard with comments.

We know what we expect from certain areas we visit and plan our locations with the objective of seeing particular types of animal and bird.

We also know that "nothing is guaranteed".

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Regarding the "I can't comment" fields, I have not used your website much at all - perhaps I should have done - I tend to rely on direct telephone contact with the EA staff. On quotations, again I discuss at length with the staff to get the location and accommodation which I think meets our needs and is right on price.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Little Vumbura, Botswana
15-Feb-2011 review: Little Vumbura review
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kwara, Botswana
19-Feb-2011 review: Little Kwara review
AverageAverage
Xakanaxa, Botswana
22-Feb-2011 review: Xakanaxa review
ExcellentExcellent
Tau Pan Camp, Botswana
26-Feb-2011 review: Tau Pan camp review
GoodGood

Overall satisfaction

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 29-Sep-2008 and 18-Oct-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

One of our best trips in terms of the complete package. A wide variety of locations giving us a range of different environments and animal sightings with a good mixture of land and water.

If I were arranging it again I would not have put Tafika, Nsefu and Tena Tena all together - just two of the three would have sufficed - probably Tafika plus Tena Tena to give a slight variation of environment.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
30-Sep-2008 review: Tafika review
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
2-Oct-2008 review: Nsefu review
AverageAverage
Tena Tena, Zambia
4-Oct-2008 review: Tena Tena review
GoodGood
Zambezi Sun, Zambia
7-Oct-2008 review: Zambezi Sun review
GoodGood
Lebala Camp, Botswana
8-Oct-2008 review: Lebala review
ExcellentExcellent
Little Vumbura, Botswana
11-Oct-2008 review: Little Vumbura review
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kwara, Botswana
14-Oct-2008 review: Little Kwara review
ExcellentExcellent

Trip feedback

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 1-Oct-2007 and 19-Oct-2007 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The visa waiver situation did not work on this occasion. This needs to be discused and further clarification made.
Please come back to me to discuss in detail.

Feedback response

We’re delighted that these travellers enjoyed their trip (and rated it as 'Excellent'), but sorry that they didn’t succeed in getting their visa fee waived by the Zambian immigration officials. Sadly this is never guaranteed. That’s why we always ask our travellers to carry enough US dollars on them to be able to purchase a visa if necessary.

That said, it’s thankfully rare for our travellers not to get their visa fee waived, and having learned from this traveller’s experience, we have adjusted our notes and procedures slightly – to further increase the chances of a fee-waived visa.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
2-Oct-2007 review: Tafika review
GoodGood
Lunga River Lodge, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
9-Oct-2007 review: Lunga River Lodge review
AverageAverage
Shumba Camp, Zambia
10-Oct-2007 review: Shumba Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Lunga River Lodge, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
13-Oct-2007 review: Lunga River Lodge review
AverageAverage
Zambezi Sun, Zambia
14-Oct-2007 review: Zambezi Sun
GoodGood
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
15-Oct-2007 review: Muchenje Safari Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent