Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs V - Surrey


A fantastic trip.

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe between 5-Nov-2014 and 26-Nov-2014 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a great time on this trip. The driving in Namibia is easy and well sign posted. Our extra trip to Damaraland and Hoanib, caused by Wilderness Safaris not confirming Camp Kipwe, were interesting but messed up our leisurely 3 days we had planned at the start of a very busy holiday. However they were great experiences and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

All other arrangements ran beautifully smoothly and Expert Africa''s advice was spot on. I would recommend Expert Africa for African holidays as they are so well thought out and meticulously planned.

We had a great time. Thank you Expert Africa for this lovely experience.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We really appreciated the opportunity to meet your staff at the recent Sunvil event and at the Destinations Show. Keep up the good work!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Exclusive, Namibia
5-Nov-2014 review: A great start to a holiday in Namibia.
ExcellentExcellent
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
6-Nov-2014 review: A friendly central guesthouse.
ExcellentExcellent
Damaraland Camp, Namibia
9-Nov-2014 review: A first class hostess at Damaraland.
ExcellentExcellent
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
10-Nov-2014 review: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
12-Nov-2014 review: Disappointing Dolomite.
AverageAverage
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
13-Nov-2014 review: Worth it for the lovely waterhole.
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
14-Nov-2014 review: Lovely Mushara Bush Camp.
ExcellentExcellent
Hakusembe Lodge, Namibia
16-Nov-2014 review: On the river at Hakusembe
ExcellentExcellent
Nunda River Lodge, Namibia
18-Nov-2014 review: Lovely river position.
ExcellentExcellent
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, Namibia
20-Nov-2014 review: Remote Nkasa Lupala.
GoodGood
Garden Lodge, Botswana
22-Nov-2014 review: An oasis of calm at Garden Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
24-Nov-2014 review: Great for visiting Victoria Falls.
ExcellentExcellent

A stunning holiday.

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 2-Nov-2013 and 21-Nov-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a lovely holiday and would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone.

It was a lovely combination of beach and safari and the areas of Selous and Ruaha were totally different experiences. The snorkelling on Mafia was unexpectedly wonderful. Expert Africa certainly guided us to some lovely places and it is one of the best experiences of Africa we have had. All our connections went very smoothly and we were well looked after.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ras Kutani, Tanzania
3-Nov-2013 review: Great place to relax before or after safari.
ExcellentExcellent
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
6-Nov-2013 review: Luxury in the bush.
ExcellentExcellent
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
10-Nov-2013 review: Informal luxury in the bush.
ExcellentExcellent
Butiama Beach, Tanzania
14-Nov-2013 review: The perfect beach resort.
ExcellentExcellent

Namibia Trip

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 24-May-2011 and 21-Jun-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Amazing! We were lucky to have a month here but would have liked longer. There is so much to see and do.

A lovely country with great lodges and fabulous wildlife. I think we saw the best of everything thanks to the excellent advice from Sabina for whom nothing was too much trouble.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

It was really really cold, not just on game drives but also in tented camps. Windproof jackets need to be recommended at this time of year. Temperatures fell to at least -2 deg. C. We didn't feel prepared for it being quite so cold at nights. We were glad we had our thermal underwear with us! It even snowed at Solitaire two days after we left the area.

I was really glad that you recommended a 4x4 to us and think you should have pushed us in that direction earlier as it really enhanced the trip, e.g. we could fully explore Fish Canyon and the Luderitz Peninsula. Having no experience of 4x4 driving, a short course at the beginning of the holiday would have been useful and we met a woman (Rome, who is Willems neice) at the Barchan Dune Resort who was talking about doing just that in Windhoek where she lives.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
25-May-2011 review: Olive Grove review
ExcellentExcellent
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
26-May-2011 review: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review
ExcellentExcellent
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
28-May-2011 review: Canyon Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Nest Hotel, Namibia
30-May-2011 review: Nest Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent
Sinclair Guest Farm, Namibia
1-Jun-2011 review: Sinclair Guest Farm review
GoodGood
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
2-Jun-2011 review: Kulala Desert Lodge review
GoodGood
Barchan Dune Retreat, Namibia
4-Jun-2011 review: Barchan Dune Retreat review
ExcellentExcellent
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
5-Jun-2011 review: Cornerstone Guesthouse review
ExcellentExcellent
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
7-Jun-2011 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
9-Jun-2011 review: Camp Kipwe review
ExcellentExcellent
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
11-Jun-2011 review: Grootberg Lodge review
GoodGood
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
13-Jun-2011 review: Ongava Tented Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
15-Jun-2011 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Lodge, Namibia
16-Jun-2011 review: Mushara Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
18-Jun-2011 review: Okonjima Villa Review
ExcellentExcellent

Zambia trip.

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 17-Jul-2009 and 9-Aug-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was a lovely trip, we enjoyed every minute of it. Lucy got it absolutely right in the order we did things. It was lovely to chill out at the Zambesi Sun for the first 4 days with the game drives at Chobe and Kafue following. This gave us the chance to get very close to all the animals we had hoped to see and to photograph them. The walking safari following on meant there was no pressure to see and get very close to any of the animals and we could enjoy the walks and savour Africa at a leisurely pace with animals getting close to us when we stayed still.

All the places we stayed in were very special and was just the sort of safari we had hoped for. There was a bit of pressure on animals in Chobe with 4 cars watching lions at one point but there was fantastic amounts of game there. The boat trip was particularly lovely and we watched elephants drinking from the river and 100's of birds.

It was very easy to move from one part of the holiday to the next and all links and transfers were perfect. Hard to imagine that so many links and transfers and border crossings could go without a hitch!

At the planning stage, Lucy listened carefully to me and made absolutely the right recommendations. She remained cheerful through 2 sets of reboookings caused by BA changing flight days. She and Anna are obviously well known and respected in Zambia. Lucy's service was so good that I have booked my next holiday to Equador and Galapagos through Sunvil, and hope to book Namibia in the future. Pity that Expert Africa didn't organise the weather!

Suggestions for improvements:

It was the quality of your service before booking that made us book with you, irrespective of price. We could easily have done this trip cheaper by making our own arrangements - but I wouldn't like to be in Africa without Expert Africa! Just the thought of the Zambia|Botswana border without Expert Africa makes me go cold. What other firm gives clients their consultants mobile numbers in case of emergencies?

Matchless service and nothing could have been improved.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Zambezi Sun, Zambia
18-Jul-2009 review: Service in the Sun
ExcellentExcellent
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
22-Jul-2009 review: Muchenje Safari Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Lufupa Bushcamp, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
25-Jul-2009 review: Lufupa Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Musanza Bushcamp, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
27-Jul-2009 review: Musanza Bushcamp review
ExcellentExcellent
Busanga Bushcamp, Zambia
29-Jul-2009 review: Busanga Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Tafika, Zambia
1-Aug-2009 review: Tafika review
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
4-Aug-2009 review: Chikoko Tree Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Crocodile Bushcamp, Zambia
6-Aug-2009 review: Crocodile Bushcamp review
ExcellentExcellent
Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Zambia
7-Aug-2009 review: Taj Pamodzi Hotel review
GoodGood