Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr Firefinch - Yorkshire


A Fantastic and Truly Memorable Holiday

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 22-Oct-2007 and 3-Nov-2007 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a fantastic and truly memorable holiday and we would like to thank everybody who made it possible. All the arrangements for the trip went very smoothly throughout. We found the standard of the accommodation excellent and greatly enjoyed the well presented and tasty food – particularly the freshly made bread every day.

All the staff at each place we stayed were very welcoming and went out of their way to be very helpful at all times. The activities were well organised and we were very impressed with the depth of knowledge of the guides who gave us a wealth of information about the mammals, reptiles, birds and trees.

The most rewarding feature of the holiday for us was the opportunity to walk in the bush as well as going on game drives by day and after dark. The walks gave us a different perspective from the game drives and we welcomed the chance they gave us to observe and learn about the smaller things as well as to see some big game at close quarters.

We would have welcomed more opportunities to walk (for example, as an alternative to the game drive before sundowners) and we could have walked further and at a greater pace, with the morning walk continuing for longer on some days, which would have been quite practicable, since to our pleasant surprise we did not find the heat to be a problem at any time.

We appreciate the need to balance the wishes of a variety of guests, but we were the only two guests on many of our walks. The balance of time between walking and stopping to observe and to hear about things was fine, but we felt we could have done more. Perhaps we should have been more assertive about this, but that was not necessarily easy with people who were new to us, given that we went out with many different guides (which, of course, had many advantages).

We were a little surprised that there were no restrictions on smoking both at Kapani and the bush camps. We felt that this was a significant fire risk in the bush camps and unpleasant for non-smokers like us at meal times and when sharing vehicles.

Although we have made a number of critical comments, these must be taken in the context of a superb and well organised holiday which we enjoyed immensely and which we will continue to enjoy as we look back at our photographs and the journals we wrote up during siesta time each day.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kapani Lodge, Zambia
23-Oct-2007 review: A Superb Introduction to South Luangwa
ExcellentExcellent
Luwi Bushcamp, Zambia
24-Oct-2007 review: Four Outstanding Wildlife Sightings at Luwi
GoodGood
Nsolo Bushcamp, Zambia
27-Oct-2007 review: A Rain Storm and Conversation at Dinner
ExcellentExcellent
Kakuli Bushcamp, Zambia
28-Oct-2007 review: Impressive River Landscapes and Water Birds
ExcellentExcellent
Mchenja Bushcamp, Zambia
30-Oct-2007 review: The Joys of Walking in the Bush
ExcellentExcellent
Kapani Lodge, Zambia
1-Nov-2007 review: A Fascinating School Visit
ExcellentExcellent
Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Zambia
2-Nov-2007 review: Taj Pamodzi
ExcellentExcellent