Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs R - Chertsey


A very enjoyable holiday

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 29-Mar-2012 and 14-Apr-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Most places we visited were repeat visits and little had changed.

The one new venue was Babylonstoren, which was far more commercialised than we were anticipating. It's probably more geared towards younger people. It definitely is not suitable for the disabled. However, we have not heard or seen a single negative comment about it. so it presumably comes down to personal preference.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

As far as we are concerned, no improvements needed!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Own arrangements
30-Mar-2012 review: Not as we were expecting.............
PoorPoor
Southern Cross Beach House, South Africa
3-Apr-2012 review: Very homely with a great view across the Bay
ExcellentExcellent
Phantom Forest, South Africa
4-Apr-2012 review: A beautiful treetop setting
GoodGood
Auberge Provence, South Africa
6-Apr-2012 review: Immaculate B & B managed with great pride
ExcellentExcellent
Le Quartier Francais, South Africa
9-Apr-2012 review: Pure luxury in a beautiful location.
ExcellentExcellent
Babylonstoren, South Africa
11-Apr-2012 review: A great concept but rather 'commercial'
GoodGood

A magical, almost spiritual experience

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 28-May-2010 and 6-Jun-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We have done numerous safaris but this was different. We were not expecting vast quantities of game but we were pleasantly surprised by the number of animals we saw, which included 7 cheetah and 2 male black-maned lions. The game viewing was probably not helped by the volume of rain which had recently fallen, resulting in long, fresh and sometimes green grass.

We found ourselves appreciating the smaller, less significant animals more than we would normally; for instance the mongooses, squirrels and even mice. Finding meerkats is definitely not 'simples'! But we succeeded. Bird life was surprisingly profuse, with a good variety of raptors.

The park infrastructure was excellent. The tracks were sandy, well maintained and the main ones easily negotiable by 2wd, right up to Union End. Petrol is available at Mata Mata and Nossob, but beware that the shops here were not well stocked compared with Twee Rivieren.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Difficult to see how the Expert Africa team could have done a better job! Excellent as always............

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, South Africa
29-May-2010 review: Perfectly good stopover at entry to the Park
GoodGood
!Xaus Lodge, South Africa
30-May-2010 review: Very comfortable lodge in a superb location
ExcellentExcellent
Kalahari Tented Camp, South Africa
1-Jun-2010 review: Unexpectedly, our favourite camp!
ExcellentExcellent
Gharagab Wilderness Camp, South Africa
2-Jun-2010 review: Beautiful remote location
GoodGood
Grootkolk Wilderness Camp, South Africa
3-Jun-2010 review: Not quite up to the standard of the others!
AverageAverage
Le Must River Residence, South Africa
4-Jun-2010 review: Very comfortable rather than luxurious
GoodGood

Another great holiday with Sunvil

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 16-Oct-2009 and 30-Oct-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

All very enjoyable with a very high standard of accommodation and food. It was meticulously organised by Tracy, who is really professional.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Keep it up! Our next trip is already booked...............

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Phantom Forest, South Africa
22-Oct-2009 review: luxury in a luxuriant setting
ExcellentExcellent
Auberge Provence, South Africa
24-Oct-2009 review: A revelation at Hermanus
ExcellentExcellent
Le Quartier Francais, South Africa
26-Oct-2009 review: Still a fabulous gastronomic experience
ExcellentExcellent
Roggeland Country House, South Africa (this camp has since closed)
28-Oct-2009 review: A family run hotel with lots of history
ExcellentExcellent

A really memorable holiday

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 22-May-2009 and 31-May-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We could not fault a short but very special trip, which was touchingly ackowledged as such at several of the places we stayed.

We had stayed at all 4 places before and it was good to be recognised as returning, rather than new, guests.

Suggestions for improvements:

Keep up the current high standards! Sabina could not do enough to help. Again....................................

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Roggeland Country House, South Africa (this camp has since closed)
23-May-2009 review: Very comfortable with excellent food and wine
ExcellentExcellent
Le Quartier Francais, South Africa
25-May-2009 review: A fabulous experience.
ExcellentExcellent
The Marine, South Africa
27-May-2009 review: Very luxurious and peaceful
ExcellentExcellent
Lanzerac Hotel, South Africa
29-May-2009 review: A comfortable hotel in a lovely location.
GoodGood

A great experience apart from the car!

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 15-Apr-2009 and 28-Apr-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Excellent apart from a big disappointment with the hire car

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Zebra River Lodge, Namibia
16-Apr-2009 review: The friendliest lodge ever in a fab location
ExcellentExcellent
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
20-Apr-2009 review: An ideal stopover in Swakop
GoodGood
Damaraland Camp, Namibia
22-Apr-2009 review: A great lodge in a stunning situation
ExcellentExcellent
Anderssons Camp, Namibia
25-Apr-2009 review: Rustic lodge in a great location
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Lodge, Namibia
26-Apr-2009 review: A very luxurious, professionally run lodge
ExcellentExcellent