Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs Delta - Spain
On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 10-Aug-2008 and 23-Aug-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.
We had a fantastic trip. All the logistics worked out perfectly, our flights from camp to camp were all in the middle of the day so we didn't miss any activities and all the flights except the last one were without any stops and we were the only passengers. The only incident came on the trip back home, when our BA flight from joburg to heathrow had a 4 hour delay, so we missed our connection to Madrid and had to take a later flight. At least they didn't lose our bags!
We really liked the lodges & camps, most of them met or exceeded our expectations, and we will recommend them to friends, except perhaps Jack's Camp, which we didn't like that much: it's too stuffy and snobbish for our taste, the people there need to loosen up a bit. Also, we didn't like that they plan all the activities for you and don't tell you what the plan is when you arrive, it's like they want everything to be a big secret surprise, a bit childish and condescending.
All the rest were fine, our favorite was Duma Tau. I also loved Mapula because of its very relaxed and laid-back atmosphere and its focus on game viewing; my wife also liked it though she found it too rustic and less tidy than the others.
Expert Africa did an excellent job in organizing this trip, keeping us informed of changes (e.g., when NationWide Air went bankrupt and the flight was changed to BA), submitting all the info, etc. I especially liked the "camp availability chart" they sent us so we could figure out how to fit our preferred camps in the itinerary, that was a most useful tool for urs.
I stayed at and have reviewed:
|Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia
10-Aug-2008 review: Best location in the area
|The Garden Lodge, Botswana
13-Aug-2008 review: Great Value
|Jack's Camp, Botswana
15-Aug-2008 review: Pluses and Minuses
|Mapula Lodge, Botswana
17-Aug-2008 review: Great for game-viewing fans
|Camp Moremi, Botswana
19-Aug-2008 review: Very well managed
21-Aug-2008 review: Wonderful