Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs L from Lewes


My Sep 2013 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 27-Sep-2013 and 12-Oct-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our fourth trip back to Africa booked through Expert Africa, and we recommend lots of people to do the same on the basis of the high quality of information given to help design the holiday, and the excellent delivery of the product on the ground/in the air.

On one previous trip, local problems arose and were immediately sorted out. No problems on this trip, only a seamless transition through Lusaka airport (good assistance from local reps there) and three different camps in Luangwa - all of which said they rate Expert Africa highly for their organisation and the detailed feedback they pass back to the camps from clients, which the camps value.

Luangwa in October is hot (up to 42 degrees max) but manageable and gives great concentration of game, has lots of good dirt roads for access, includes a wide range of environments in the Nsefu sector (so we saw wild dogs for the first time) and plenty of chances to see lion and leopard. Bird life is great even if you're not a twitcher. We went on 5 walks in 12 days, all very well guided, as were the drives by day and night.

We will go back once we can afford it again and if we are not too old by then .....

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Nsefu, Zambia
28-Sep-2013 review: Back to Nsefu after 42 years!
ExcellentExcellent
Tena Tena, Zambia
1-Oct-2013 review: Four great days at Tena Tena
ExcellentExcellent
Tafika, Zambia
5-Oct-2013 review: The camp that has that extra something
ExcellentExcellent
Eight Reedbuck Hotel, Zambia
10-Oct-2013 review: Quiet and comfortable hotel
GoodGood
Own arrangements
10-Oct-2013 review: Lusaka school visit
ExcellentExcellent

Thanks for our third excellent trip with you

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 25-Jan-2008 and 12-Feb-2008 and I travelled with 3 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This is our third Africa trip organised by you, and once again your advice in selecting where to go, choosing the balance between travel time/distance and length of stay in each place, and much more, was spot on.

The driving distances were all fine to manage, the lodges and camps we stayed at were varied in style but all interesting, very comfortable, and with a very high standard of service and food.

You put us on to some ideas that we might not have pursued ourselves (e.g Sandwich Harbour), and put us off some which we were pleased that you did (e.g. driving the Skeleton Coast for any more than the run up to Cape Cross, advising us that it is not really an interesting drive, and that in the wet season we would be one of very few on the road further north in an area where flash floods could be a problem. Both right).

After 10 days on good gravel, we appreciated how much better a 4x4 sits on the road than a light saloon, but were beginning to wonder whether the extra expense was really necessary. Then the heavens opened, and on the road between Doro Nawas and Khorixas we soon understood why Sabina recommended a 4x4 so strongly.

We had a great time because it is a lovely country with great scenery and lovely people, but the fact that it went so smoothly has much to do with Expert Africa's knowledge, experience, and attention to detail in planning our trip.

Thanks again, very much. Funds permitting, we will be back in Isleworth some time in future ….

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
26-Jan-2008 review: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review
ExcellentExcellent
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
28-Jan-2008 review: Canyon Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Sinclair Guest Farm, Namibia
30-Jan-2008 review: Sinclair Guest Farm review
ExcellentExcellent
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
31-Jan-2008 review: Sossus Dune Lodge review
GoodGood
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
2-Feb-2008 review: Sam's Giardino review
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
5-Feb-2008 review: Doro Nawas review
ExcellentExcellent
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
8-Feb-2008 review: Ongava Tented Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
10-Feb-2008 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent