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Travel reviews by Mr H & Ms E - London


Great Zimbabwe!

On this trip, I visited Zimbabwe between 7-Oct-2012 and 22-Oct-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Expert Africa has consistently supported travellers going to Zimbabwe. Why did we wait so long! This was a great trip which gave us a real insight into a complex country and its history. We would encourage other travellers to go.

Everything worked very smoothly in terms of transfers and the camps did not disappoint. We decided not to try and cover too much and spent our time in Hwange, Matopos and Bulawayo which gave us a great mix of experiences. We saw a good range of game, some important historical sites and met a great mix of people. We look forward to going back.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lokathula Lodge
8-Oct-2012 review: Good stopover at Victoria Falls
GoodGood
Camp Hwange, Zimbabwe
9-Oct-2012 review: Eyeball to eyeball with elephants
ExcellentExcellent
The Hide, Zimbabwe
12-Oct-2012 review: A truly professional camp!
ExcellentExcellent
Amalinda, Zimbabwe
15-Oct-2012 review: A cave with a view
ExcellentExcellent
Bulawayo Club, Zimbabwe
19-Oct-2012 review: Another time, another place
ExcellentExcellent

4 rivers and a few assorted islands

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & Zambia between 26-May-2011 and 8-Jun-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

A great trip! We were on 4 rivers: the Kavango, the Okovango, the Kwando and the Zambezi and stayed in a number of island lodges (as well as Okonjima and Windhoek). The variety was remarkable. Some of the road journeys were long but by and large the travel was good and we'd recommend self-drive because you have so much more contact with people. The border posts were a world unto themselves - lovely but leave plenty of time.

Given that we were passing through three countries, and had quite precise pickup times, it would have been helpful to have been told about the time changes. We worked out the ones between countries but were caught out by the fact that the eastern end of the Caprivi Strip is not on Namibian time!

The pick up at Kasane (n Botwswana) was not straightforward. We'd been told we would be picked up by our last lodge, Islands of Siankaba. But they don't pick up outside Zambia. A firm called Bushtracks does all the pick ups (and does not have a board with your name on it). It was quite by chance that we managed to find them. That said, the water crossing (at the crossroads of Zimbabwe/Botwswana/Zambia/Nambiia) was wild!

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Another great trip with Expert Africa. So thank you once again!
It would have been good to know about 'Caprivi time' and to have been given the name of the company doing the pick up at Kasane.

Thank you very much!!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
27-May-2011 review: Olive Grove review
GoodGood
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
28-May-2011 review: Okonjima Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Hakusembe Lodge, Namibia
30-May-2011 review: Hakusembe Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Nxamaseri Lodge, Botswana
31-May-2011 review: Nxamaseri Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Susuwe Island Lodge, Namibia
3-Jun-2011 review: Susuwe Island Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Islands of Siankaba, Zambia
5-Jun-2011 review: Islands of Siankaba review
ExcellentExcellent

Elephants!

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 30-Jun-2008 and 11-Jul-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We'd done a big trip to Tanzania with you 5 years ago. This one to new corners of Ruaha and Selous was just as good!

Your recommendation on the order of the camps - starting with Mdonya and working up to Beho Beho - was spot on. Trips to Tanzania (especially if you include Beho Beho) are not cheap, but well worth it. The logistics worked well, with Kearsley and Coastal doing there bit. We've rarely been back to the same camp twice but we did it with Mwagusi - and it remains our favourite of the 3 we visited this time.

We had been a bit worried about the new information about the Health Desks at Dar and the need to show your Yellow Fever certificate. You gave us some helpful info on your own experiences. And - after all that - we were never asked for the certificates! I think it would have been different if we were going to Zanzibar or coming from Kenya.

Many thanks - and look forward to travelling with you again.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
1-Jul-2008 review: Mdonya Old River review
GoodGood
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
4-Jul-2008 review: Mwagusi Safari Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
7-Jul-2008 review: Beho Beho review
ExcellentExcellent
Royal Palm Hotel, Tanzania
10-Jul-2008 review: Royal Palm Hotel review
GoodGood