Travel reviews

Travel reviews by The Sand Martins from Oxfordshire


A million wildebeest in the Serengeti

On this trip, I visited Kenya & Tanzania between 10-Sep-2014 and 22-Sep-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our seventh safari trip to Africa (all arranged by Expert Africa!), but our first trip to Tanzania. We had very much hoped to see a crossing of the Mara river by the herds of migrating of wildebeest, and we were fortunate to do so. A lasting impression is of the huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes and elephants that we saw both in the Tarangire and the Serengeti.

All the arrangements worked perfectly, and we enjoyed our trip very much indeed.

Two general comments regarding safaris in Tanzanian National Parks:

(a) the need to be back in camp before sunset does not allow for the sundowners in the bush experience that we have enjoyed in other African countries, such as Zambia;

(b) in our view, the open vehicles available at the camps, are essential to enjoy a true safari experience. As Tanzania does not allow open vehicles outside of National Parks, many guests 'safaried' in closed vehicles, having driven from airports / other National Parks.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ole-Sereni, Kenya
11-Sep-2014 review: A short night in Nairobi
GoodGood
Oliver's Camp, Tanzania
12-Sep-2014 review: Amongst the elephants at Oliver's Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Lemala Ngorongoro, Tanzania
16-Sep-2014 review: Lemala Ngorongoro review
GoodGood
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
18-Sep-2014 review: Amongst the wildebeest at Ubuntu
ExcellentExcellent
Onsea House, Tanzania
22-Sep-2014 review: A day room at Onsea House
ExcellentExcellent

Nkwali and Nsefu in the Emerald Season

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 15-Mar-2012 and 24-Mar-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Having visited the South Luangwa, and these camps, in the dry season, we wanted to experience them in the Emerald Season. The trip exceeded our expectations. We saw many different birds, and although the animals are, in principle, harder to spot in the lush bush, we were rewarded with some spectacular sightings, due to the skill of our guides: Braston at Nkwali and Daudi at Nsefu.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I can't think of anything to add!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Nkwali, Zambia
15-Mar-2012 review: Nkwali in the Emerald Season
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
17-Mar-2012 review: River safaris at Nsefu
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
20-Mar-2012 review: Return to Nkwali
ExcellentExcellent
Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Zambia
23-Mar-2012 review: Overnight stay at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel
GoodGood

Sand Martins return to Zambia

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 12-Sep-2010 and 27-Sep-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We enjoyed to return to the South Luangwa. The Lower Zambezi was new to us, and was wonderful.

The holiday exceeded our expectations. Thanks to Lucy and all the team at Expert Africa.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We suggest that you include a mention in the Guide to Zambia about the opportunity for visitors to the South Luangwa to help support the Kawaza school and Project Luangwa, if they so wish.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Nsefu, Zambia
13-Sep-2010 review: Return to Nsefu - long awaited!
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
18-Sep-2010 review: Nkwali review
GoodGood
Chiawa Camp, Zambia
20-Sep-2010 review: Chiawa - luxury by the Zambezi
ExcellentExcellent
Old Mondoro Bushcamp, Zambia
24-Sep-2010 review: Surrounded by elephants at Old Mondoro
ExcellentExcellent

In the land of big cats

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 10-Sep-2008 and 23-Sep-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our third trip with Expert Africa and it was wonderful. We were hugely impressed by the game density in South Luangwa NP. It was good to stay in the camps which are more isolated and consequently we saw virtually no traffic from other camps.

We are already thinking about our next trip . . .

Suggestions for improvement:

We would have liked to have brought gifts for Kawaza school and perhaps the Expert Africa team could bring this possibility to the attention of future travellers to Nkwali.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
11-Sep-2008 review: Kaingo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
15-Sep-2008 review: Nsefu review
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
18-Sep-2008 review: Nkwali review
ExcellentExcellent
Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Zambia
22-Sep-2008 review: Taj Pamodzi Hotel review
GoodGood