Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Prof. & Mrs S from Edinburgh


Third visit to Botswana

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 20-May-2014 and 30-May-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

Overall, enjoyable. If it had been our first trip it might have disappointed in terms of game viewing. However, as always, the camp staff made the stays in both camps pleasurable. Alkso, we were lucky in that most fellow guests were amenable.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

See our comments above about the transfer Selinda/Maun/Jack's. I'm not sure this could have been foreseen, but it did mean we spent most of that day travelling. Our guide sat at the airstrip for Jack's for nearly 2 hours waiting for us (he didn't complain!)

Our international flights, which you arranged, all went according to plans. But the 26 hours of travelling from Jack's to Edinburgh proved somewhat tiring - more to do with our age than anything else.

Thank you for a well organised trip.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selinda Camp, Botswana
23-May-2014 review: Great stay at Selinda
ExcellentExcellent
Jack's Camp, Botswana
26-May-2014 review: Worthwhile different experience at Jack's
ExcellentExcellent

Botswana 2012

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 3-Nov-2012 and 15-Nov-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

Good mix of camps and localities. Staff at all levels generally well-trained, friendly, helpful. Food at dinner generally disappointing (with the exception of Batswana beef), although brunches and teas were usually very good, and wines and other drinks were good. We understand the problem of lighting versus insects, but we do like to see what we're eating; Lagoon seemed to have got it nearly right.

Wildlife varied from disappointing to wonderful. Guides/drivers/spotters usually informative and knowledgeable; vehicles varied in comfort and facilities.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Given my comments on the individual camps, it would have been helpful to know that it was sometimes a long (hot) walk to the furthest away rooms. Camp staff were helpful when this proved to be a problem.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Shinde Camp, Botswana
3-Nov-2012 review: Leopards at Shinde
GoodGood
Xigera, Botswana
6-Nov-2012 review: Elephants in camp at Xigera
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
9-Nov-2012 review: Best safari day ever at Lagoon
ExcellentExcellent
Savuti Camp, Botswana
12-Nov-2012 review: Elephants everywhere at Savuti
GoodGood

Zambia - again

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 11-Nov-2011 and 19-Nov-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

Good. We found the heat a bit difficult, but this was a function of our travel dates.

Game viewing was mixed - some real highlights and some not very exciting. Bryan at Tafika is excellent, and Sebastian at LRC was very good when we had him to ourselves.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
12-Nov-2011 review: Wild dogs at Tafika
GoodGood
Luangwa River Camp, Zambia
14-Nov-2011 review: Luangwa River Camp
GoodGood
Intercontinental Hotel , Lusaka
17-Nov-2011 review: Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka
PoorPoor

3 camps in Namibia

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 29-Sep-2011 and 11-Oct-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Good. The 3 camps were chosen to give us three different environments which worked well.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

It proved almost impossible to re-confirm our return flight with Lufthansa from Frankfurt to Edinburgh. Please bear in mind that not everybody flies through London.

The information we were given about our private charter flights bore little relation to the actuality.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Heinitzburg Hotel, Namibia
30-Sep-2011 review: Heintzburg Hotel, Windhoek
GoodGood
Little Kulala, Namibia
1-Oct-2011 review: Oasis in the desert
ExcellentExcellent
Little Ongava, Namibia
4-Oct-2011 review: Viewpoint over the waterhole
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Outpost, Namibia
7-Oct-2011 review: Mushara Villa - not Outpost
ExcellentExcellent

Exploring Zambia

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 16-Jul-2009 and 25-Jul-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The four different camps gave us a wide range of experiences, in accommodation, terrain, wildlife, personnel. We enjoyed the whole thing.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
16-Jul-2009 review: Nature red in tooth and claw
GoodGood
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
19-Jul-2009 review: Close to nature
ExcellentExcellent
Old Mondoro Bushcamp, Zambia
21-Jul-2009 review: On the banks of the Zambezi
ExcellentExcellent
Chiawa Camp, Zambia
23-Jul-2009 review: Living first-class in the bush
ExcellentExcellent

First timers in Botswana

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 28-Jul-2008 and 7-Aug-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The trip exceeded our expectations - partly because we did not think our trip to Mala Mala in 1992 could be bettered.

The problem is to combine the reality of searching for wildlife in an uncertain environment with the requirements of people used to very high standards of accommodation etc. It seemed to us that an appropriate balance between the two was achieved. A huge bonus is the friendliness and humour of the Batswana. But the deciding factor for people who are intensely interested in wildlife is the professionalism and knowledge of the guides.

It was a wonderful way to celebrate our Silver wedding anniversary.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Little Kwara, Botswana
28-Jul-2008 review: Big cats at Little Kwara
ExcellentExcellent
Kanana, Botswana
31-Jul-2008 review: Storks over Kanana
GoodGood
Lebala Camp, Botswana
2-Aug-2008 review: Wild dogs at Lebala
GoodGood
Linyanti Bush Camp , Botswana
5-Aug-2008 review: Birding in LInyanti
ExcellentExcellent