Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs C from Brentwood, Essex


A thoroughly enjoyable trip to Botswana.

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 10-Mar-2010 and 16-Mar-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip to Botswana.

We look forward to returning to Africa soon, perhaps to Lagoon & Lebala or the migration in Tanzania or Kenya.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kwara Camp, Botswana
10-Mar-2010 review: Kwara Camp review
GoodGood
Nxai Pan Camp, Botswana
13-Mar-2010 review: Nxai Pan Camp review
GoodGood

Zambia & Mozambique Experience

On this trip, I visited Mozambique, South Africa & Zambia between 15-Sep-2008 and 14-Oct-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

Having been on 10 previouse safaris in most of Southern Africa we were disappointed with our trip to the three camps in Zambia. Apart from a general paucity of game and probably still feeling the effects of poaching and constant either accidental or deliberate bush fires in Lufupa the Puku safari as set out in the brochure and the animal information on each camp did not match what we found generally but specifically at Lufupaas regards the camp and game. Whilst we had the same driver and guide it was asking a lot of him to drive and spot animals without a spotter to help.

The Musanza camp experience was good and both Lufupa and Musanza gave a real authenticity of being secluded and out in the bush. Lunga was a good way to finish with a bit more luxury.

The high spot of the trip was Quilalea. It was a super place for R & R and is a beautiful island with wonderful staff and accomodation. We hope the new owners will not change anything.

Feedback response

Clearly these travellers have returned feeling that they had a patchy safari – and a super time on Quilalea Island.

To put this in context, the safari element of their holiday was a ‘set-departure’ trip – which takes a week to visit three camps around northern Kafue. These safaris have the advantage that they are the least costly way to visit this park, and great continuity as they are driven and guided by one (usually excellent) guide. They have the disadvantage that some of the drives can be long, and the camps used are the simplest, and most basic camps in the northern Kafue.

Like many safaris throughout Africa, the guide drives the vehicle as well as does the guiding – although it must be noted that these trips usually also have an armed game scout who acts as an additional pair of eyes. On this particular trip, the scout was absent.

Kafue’s game isn’t as dense as some other parks in Africa. However, during their safari these travellers still saw lion, leopard, cheetah and the rare sable antelope, amongst many other species – which some would consider a good ‘tally’ of very special sightings. Kafue is the only park in Zambia where anyone could see all of these species.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lufupa Bushcamp, Zambia
30-Sep-2008 review: Disappointment at Lufupa Bush Camp
PoorPoor
Musanza Bushcamp, Zambia
3-Oct-2008 review: Good experience at Musanza Bushcamp
GoodGood
Lunga River Lodge, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
6-Oct-2008 review: Last night at Lunga River Lodge
AverageAverage
Southern Sun OR Tambo, South Africa
7-Oct-2008 review: Good stopover at Southern Sun Airport Hotel
GoodGood
Quilalea Island Resort, Mozambique
8-Oct-2008 review: Great time at Quilalea Island
ExcellentExcellent