Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Miss M & Mr D - Essex


The emerald trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia & Zimbabwe between 4-Mar-2011 and 19-Mar-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Another fantastic trip, our third one with Expert Africa, thanks Ellie!

This was a longer trip (2 weeks) visiting two Countries and several places. This involved a lot of organization and we are once again impressed by how well every little details is sorted in advance. We spent a lot of time asking Ellie a million questions and debating about options and she never ever gets tired of answering my emails...and usually in a matter of hours if not minutes! Every suggestion she gives us is great.

Having been to Tanzania previously in June, we wanted to see different places and the green season. The landscape is fantastic and as expected it is a bit harder to see animals, but we still saw a lot. Of course this is not the best season for walks, as it is a bit hot (at least for us) and some roads and area are not accessible or not safe for walking but we did enjoy morning walks. The bonus is there are very few people and you have the places for yourself.

The game behaviour is very different in South Luangwa and Hwange: in SL they are almost tame, for example impala are in the middle of the road and do not move away from you, while in Hwange they are more skittish. On the other hand Hwange feels a lot wilder (even if they created artificial waterholes). It is good to see different places and landscapes and their contrasts.

We got the biggest safari bug and we are already dreaming about another trip, with Expert Africa of course!

As a last comment I would like to add that everywhere we went everyone (including a couple of tour operator from Australia) spoke highly of the Expert Africa team, not surprisingly!

Thanks a million!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No matter how hard I think I cannot find any suggestion- no need to improve!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kapani Lodge, Zambia
5-Mar-2011 review: Afternoon tea with baboons!
ExcellentExcellent
Kakuli Bushcamp, Zambia
7-Mar-2011 review: Beautiful bushcamp on the river
ExcellentExcellent
Kapani Lodge, Zambia
10-Mar-2011 review: Kapani Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Islands of Siankaba, Zambia
12-Mar-2011 review: Excellent lodge with community project
ExcellentExcellent
Somalisa Camp, Zimbabwe
14-Mar-2011 review: Amazing bushcamp in the wild
ExcellentExcellent
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
18-Mar-2011 review: Cheerful hotel next to the falls
ExcellentExcellent

Fantastic trip to Ruaha

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 3-Jun-2010 and 13-Jun-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

THis was the second trip we did with Expert Africa and they could not have been better! Ruaha is marvellous park.

Ellie and Liz spent a lot of time discussing with us during the planning of the trip and they really know every single camp and place.
When BA went on strike they rebooked us (Actually they were holding seats for us anyway) on KQ and managed to even change the internal flight to Ruaha from one airlne to a different one so that we "missed" only 2 hours. This was impressive as we met other people who were stuck in Dar for hours.

All the camps were exactly as they said and we could not ask for more. We enjoyed this trip very much and we are already dreaming about the next one!
Thank you so much!!!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We realised in this trip how important the skills, experience and qualifications of a guide are. Maybe you could add more comments on the guiding team in each camp or mention in some way where they focus on guiding. Pietro and Molly must be among the best ones as their knowledge is impressive. We are 2 small animal specialists vets and we asked lots of questions and they were just great!
(I know there are already some comments in some camps but I could not find any other suggestion and the website does not allow me to submit with this field empty!)

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
4-Jun-2010 review: Perfect small camp
ExcellentExcellent
Jongomero Camp, Tanzania
7-Jun-2010 review: Wonderful camp
ExcellentExcellent
Ras Kutani, Tanzania
11-Jun-2010 review: peaceful and relaxing
ExcellentExcellent

Best holiday ever

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 6-Jun-2009 and 18-Jun-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

As we said before, perfect!!

All the transports were perfectly organized. The 3 places we stayed at were as we expected them (or better) and the choice was made with the help of Ellie, who spent a long time talking to us, explaining every detail and giving her gentle suggestions. She was always ready to answer anything at any time of the day. Thanks a lot Ellie!!

The best part of our trip was the waling safari at Impala. The days on the beach were really relaxing. We were a bit disappointed by Stone Town, but this is due to our expectations rather than any problem. We were expecting something different. Maybe the problem was that nothing could compare with the safari for us.

We will keep this part short in order to avoid repeating what we said for the prvious parts.

Best holiday we ever had!! The problem is we already want to go back...

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
7-Jun-2009 review: Perfect safari at Impala
ExcellentExcellent
Mchanga Beach Lodge, Zanzibar
11-Jun-2009 review: Relax on a perfect beach at Mchanga
ExcellentExcellent
Beyt al Salaam, Zanzibar
16-Jun-2009 review: Beyt al Chai
GoodGood