Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs G from Basingstoke


October 2013 trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 12-Oct-2013 and 25-Oct-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a wonderful trip and loved being back in the bush. We had some great sightings, some new animals and birds and really enjoyed being back in the middle of nowhere. No phone, no TV, no email, great wildlife, masses of fresh air, good food - bliss!

October is known to be hot but we were told they were having a particularly hot few weeks and temperatures were into the early 40s by midday. That was the only negative for us as it made siesta time a challenge and guests and staff alike found it very sapping.

In terms of planning, Megan came up with a lot of really good suggestions and did a great job of helping us narrow down what we wanted to do. Her thoughts on particular camps were welcome and insightful. Thanks (again!) Megan

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

None

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selinda Camp, Botswana
13-Oct-2013 review: Beautiful Selinda
ExcellentExcellent
Little Vumbura, Botswana
16-Oct-2013 review: Little Vumbura - a good few days
GoodGood
Mombo Camp, Botswana
20-Oct-2013 review: Just great
ExcellentExcellent

Another great trip to Botswana

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 26-Apr-2013 and 4-May-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

A wonderful holiday for me and my Mum. It was my Mum's first time in Botswana and she loved it as much as I have.

Megan and Nick were really helpful throughout the booking process and were very good to alert us early when they heard about building works going on at one of the camps we were visiting. They were able to get the reassurance from Wilderness Safaris that the works would not disrupt guests and this really comforted us.

Overall, a great trip which Mum and I will remember forever (especially sitting in the dark in the landrover at Chitabe looking at the southern sky filled to the brim with stars and listening to the frogs singing all round us). Can't wait to go back.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tubu Tree Camp, Botswana
27-Apr-2013 review: The new Tubu Tree
ExcellentExcellent
Chitabe Camp, Botswana
30-Apr-2013 review: Another great trip to Chitabe
ExcellentExcellent

Another great trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 11-Nov-2010 and 24-Nov-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We loved our second trip to Botswana.

It is expensive compared to East Africa for example but really suits us - generally quiet without too many people, we enjoy the little planes to fly in and out of camps, the wildlife and birdlife is great. The camp suggestions were good and Lucy and Nick were patient in helping find out availability for various combinations of camp.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Have a better system for passing messages internally.

We called and left messages 3 times which were not returned before we were able to speak to someone about Botswana. We know the team is busy but, if we had been first time callers to Expert Africa, we might not have persevered. It was only the fact that we've had such good experiences in the past with Expert Africa that meant we continued to call!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Chitabe Lediba, Botswana
12-Nov-2010 review: Chitabe Lediba review
GoodGood
Chitabe Camp, Botswana
13-Nov-2010 review: Wonderful stay
ExcellentExcellent
Lebala Camp, Botswana
15-Nov-2010 review: Nice camp
GoodGood
Tubu Tree Camp, Botswana
19-Nov-2010 review: Absolutely wonderful
ExcellentExcellent

Fantastic trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 14-Nov-2009 and 26-Nov-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had an amazing trip to Zambia and Botswana, in no small part thanks to Anna and Expert Africa. I don't think that we made Anna's life easy because we did not know where exactly we wanted to go but she really listened to the things that we said we did/didn't want and came up with 3 suggestions for places to stay that were perfect for us. When we had questions about booking a particular camp, Anna answered our questions honestly and we really felt that we knew what we were getting.

This was our second trip with Expert Africa and the things that most impress us are the fact that the people you speak to at Expert Africa really know the reserves and camps and can tell you what they are like and the fact that all of the logistics (flights/transfers etc) work so smoothly. This is not the kind of trip that we would want to organise independently and it is so nice to just be able to turn up and have everything arranged for you.

Thanks Anna for a great holiday!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Islands of Siankaba, Zambia
15-Nov-2009 review: Peace and relaxation at Siankaba
ExcellentExcellent
Selinda Camp, Botswana
18-Nov-2009 review: Beautiful camp and very good guiding
ExcellentExcellent
Chitabe Lediba, Botswana
22-Nov-2009 review: Great guiding and wildlife
ExcellentExcellent

A huge thank you!

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 15-Nov-2008 and 28-Nov-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The Expert Africa website is a great starting point - it is rare to get so much information including honest assessments from EA about the lodges. The in depth practical information is very useful.

Ellie could not have been more helpful and friendly. The lodges that she suggested for us were perfect - she really listed to what we said about the type of holiday and accommodation we were after. We spent a lot of time talking through the pros and cons of different venues and it was refreshing to speak to a tour operator who would give you their own views.

We had a fantastic time and can't thank Expert Africa enough for all your help and careful planning!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
16-Nov-2008 review: A fantastic introduction to Africa
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
20-Nov-2008 review: Complete luxury
ExcellentExcellent
Fumba Beach Lodge, Zanzibar
24-Nov-2008 review: A good comfortable lodge
GoodGood
Royal Palm Hotel, Tanzania
27-Nov-2008 review: City centre stop over
GoodGood