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Travel reviews by Mr F and party - Portugal


S19º13'22,0'' E23º23'20,7''

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 22-Oct-2013 and 10-Nov-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had this trip on our bucket list for some time, i.e., visiting the Caprivi (Namibia) and getting into Botswana through the Okavango Panhandle and then transverse Moremi and Chobe all the way by 4WD (the rough way). Roughly 4530Km in 18 days.

The Caprivi is definitely a totally different part of Namibia - landscape, people, flora and fauna - you feel immersed in real Africa. The Nkasa-Lupala National Park (alias Mamili NP) is indeed a true hidden gem, where you can experience dry and wet ecosystems /environments. However game is (still) not so abundant as in the Okavango /Moremi.

The Panhandle was marvelous. We had the Okavango for ourselves. Boat trips into the channels are mandatory and they will not disappoint . The birding is superb.

Crossing Moremi into Chobe Savuti and Chobe river front was a trip within a trip in itself. What an experience. It just enriched us as kin travelers to Africa. S19º13'22,0'' E23º23'20,7´´ was the place where we got stuck with our 4WD. No matter how prepared we feel we are, how careful we can be, in Africa, the unexpected can really happen and for that one should be minimally prepared.This comes with proper advise and planning - Expert Africa has done it again, phenomenally - thank you.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Waterberg Camp, Namibia
23-Oct-2013 review: Waterberg - a confortable stopover
GoodGood
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
24-Oct-2013 review: Ndhovu Safari Lodge : a taste of the Okavango
GoodGood
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, Namibia
26-Oct-2013 review: Nkasa Lupala - a hidden gem!
ExcellentExcellent
Nxamaseri Lodge, Botswana
28-Oct-2013 review: Nxamaseri : the Okavango itself !
ExcellentExcellent
Rileys Hotel, Botswana
30-Oct-2013 review: Rileys Hotel - a convenient classical
AverageAverage
Thirdbridge Campsite
31-Oct-2013 review: Thirdbridge : Moremi afterall
ExcellentExcellent
Xakanaxa Campsite
1-Nov-2013 review: Xakanaxa - eye opener!
ExcellentExcellent
North Gate Campsite
2-Nov-2013 review: North Gate - a pleasant surprise !
ExcellentExcellent
Savuti Campsite
3-Nov-2013 review: Savute - a classical came through
ExcellentExcellent
Ihaha Campsite
4-Nov-2013 review: Ihaha - Chobe river front at its best
ExcellentExcellent
Garden Lodge, Botswana
6-Nov-2013 review: The Garden Lodge - back to be pampered
ExcellentExcellent
Thamalakane River Lodge, Botswana
7-Nov-2013 review: Thamalakane River Lodge- Quite overnight stop
ExcellentExcellent
Kalahari Bush Breaks, Namibia
8-Nov-2013 review: Kalahari Bush Breaks : genuine and friendly
ExcellentExcellent

Another Expertly arranged trip to Africa

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 10-Oct-2011 and 30-Oct-2011 and I travelled with 3 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We would surely recommend this trip to KTP and Northern Cape. The Kgalagadi is definitely for those who already have some experience on wildlife and self-driving and are happy with what it comes and enjoy every inch of it (landscape, Flora and Fauna, from the smallest to the biggest). It really lets you feel little in this world.

We tried to be out of the main camps and thus, have been at all the wilderness camps and surely enjoy them all. The shops at the main camps offered actually more than we were expecting, like OTC medicines, tea, coffee, water and other drinks, biscuits and even some frozen meat (at Twee Rivieren they even had ice cream!).

Augrabies is more family friendly and thus less wild but with impressive landscapes.

This trip was another great experience in Africa and, as always and once again, expertly arranged by Expert Africa.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

None we can think off.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, South Africa
11-Oct-2011 review: Twee Rivieren Rest Camp - a good start.
GoodGood
Grootkolk Wilderness Camp, South Africa
12-Oct-2011 review: Grootkolk - requires more than one night
ExcellentExcellent
Gharagab Wilderness Camp, South Africa
13-Oct-2011 review: Gharagab - Well Worth the visit
ExcellentExcellent
Bitterpan Wilderness Camp, South Africa
14-Oct-2011 review: Bitterpan - unexpected 4W Driving !
GoodGood
Kalahari Tented Camp, South Africa
16-Oct-2011 review: Kalahari TC - What a excellent base for Aoab
ExcellentExcellent
Urikaruus Wilderness Camp, South Africa
19-Oct-2011 review: Urikaruus - an alternative to South Aoab
GoodGood
Kielie Krankie Wilderness Camp, South Africa
20-Oct-2011 review: Kielie Krankie - Stunning location
ExcellentExcellent
Augrabies Falls Restcamp, South Africa
21-Oct-2011 review: Augrabies - The elusive Klipspringer!
ExcellentExcellent
Farmhouse Hotel, South Africa
23-Oct-2011 review: The Farmhouse - a good simple Hotel
ExcellentExcellent

Wonderful 15 days safariing

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 12-Oct-2009 and 27-Oct-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

It was a very good holiday. Although we have not visited (yet) the North, the South of Tanzania is still devoided of mass tourism ( although one can already see it coming due to the Zanzibar/Mafia vicinity). Selous and Ruaha are really precious. Animals are still afraid/ cautious of Land Rovers.

Unfortunately, we did see some pouching activity at Mikumi (was reported to the camp manager and Park Rangers) and we sincerely hope that was just for bush meat.

Thank you for another wonderful holiday.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Stanley's Kopje, Tanzania
13-Oct-2009 review: A good start...
AverageAverage
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
15-Oct-2009 review: Wonderful location
GoodGood
Rufiji River Camp, Tanzania
18-Oct-2009 review: Excellent team -
ExcellentExcellent
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
22-Oct-2009 review: Very passionate!
ExcellentExcellent
Southern Sun Dar, Tanzania
26-Oct-2009 review: Good hotel
AverageAverage

Magnificient

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 24-Oct-2008 and 14-Nov-2008 and I travelled with 3 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We have been thinking about this trip for a while and it just came through as we possibly planned. The service given by the team of Expert Africa was excellent as expected, or otherwise we would not have contacted you again.

Namibia has surpassed our best expectations in many ways. Once again its our trust that smaller camps are always preferable to large scale operations.

Wilderness Safaris have completely disappointed us as we were expecting a higher service level. Guests are treated as numbers and not as individuals. While perusing their operational brochures we became aprehensive of their magnitude and the size they have attained on these last 5 years of operation. I am afraid that they will loose all the African flair we "guests" look when going to Africa.
Their lodges are good but possibly due to immediate success they are relaxing on quality of service.

Thank you for a wonderfull experience/ holiday.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
25-Oct-2008 review: One night stay - too short
GoodGood
Central Lodge, Namibia
26-Oct-2008 review: One night stopover.
GoodGood
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
27-Oct-2008 review: Good place to visit the Fish River Canyon
GoodGood
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, Namibia
29-Oct-2008 review: Natural indulgency
ExcellentExcellent
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
31-Oct-2008 review: Sossusvlei - The star
GoodGood
Beach Lodge, Namibia
2-Nov-2008 review: Swakopmund - A city with character
GoodGood
Doro Nawas, Namibia
5-Nov-2008 review: The Desert adapted elephants
GoodGood
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
7-Nov-2008 review: Afterall Good things come simple and small
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
9-Nov-2008 review: Too many tourists
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
11-Nov-2008 review: Small and less busy
GoodGood