Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr. & Mrs. H - Notts


Southern Tanzania safari

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 22-Feb-2014 and 14-Mar-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a fabulous trip. Everything went to plan. The wildlife in the Selous was fabulous and we'd love to go back. Ruaha was beautiful and we would return but would either stay at a different camp in February or go back to Mdonya but at a different time of year.

The guides were probably not as well trained as we expected for camps of this quality - they were enthusiastic and friendly, but were not so good at communicating what the plans were for each day, or to establish what we knew, what we wanted to see, what we had seen before etc. Emanuel/Zahor (Manze) and Gerhard (Impala) were the best at communication.

The trip certainly whetted our appetitie for seeing more of Tanzania!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Not really. You are very good at what you do so keep doing it! The camp managers were all very complimentary about Expert Africa - Barbara (Impala) said that you are the best tour operator she deals with - so keep doing what you are doing!

On feedback, it might make it easier to complete if you had a narrative box against each question to comment on, for example, food, activities etc, rather than one large box at the end. It has certainly taken us rather longer than we had intended to get this completed!

With regard to Mafia it would be helpful to highlight on your website that snorkeling is very much tide dependent, so that anyone who is keen to snorkel might want to check tides and dates to make the most of their time there.

And finally - we would like to thank Angela for organising a very special trip. Some of our feedback might sound a bit negative but we would like to strees that we had a really fabulous time. It's easy with feedback to focus on the things that were not perfect and our comments are intended to highlight those areas where things could be even better. Please don't think that we are 'having a moan' in any way.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
23-Feb-2014 review: Lake Manze Camp: Great location & guides
ExcellentExcellent
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
28-Feb-2014 review: Selous Impala Camp: very comfortable
ExcellentExcellent
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
4-Mar-2014 review: Mdonya Old River Camp: beautiful Ruaha
ExcellentExcellent
Pole Pole, Tanzania
9-Mar-2014 review: Pole Pole: too pole pole for us!
GoodGood

Amazing!

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 15-Jul-2009 and 6-Aug-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We'd been to southern Africa a few times before (SA and Botswana), so we wondered how Namibia would compare with those countries. In some ways, for us, it combines the best aspects of those two countries - relatively straightforward self-drive, great wildlife, dramatic and varied scenery, great accommodation and good food.

One thing we'd do differently next time (fingers crossed that there is a next time!) is to hire a 4x4 - our little Toyota Yaris coped with everything we threw at it but we'd have been more comfortable in a vehicle with greater ground clearance and a softer ride.
Big thanks to Gwynneth for all her help and advice - our trip ran really smoothly.

Suggestions for improvement:

Not really, we would use you again for the countries where we feel we want the peace of mind of booking through a tour operator.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Terra Africa, Namibia
15-Jul-2009 review: Terra Africa Review
GoodGood
Swartfontein Guest Farm, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
16-Jul-2009 review: Swartfontein Review
GoodGood
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, Namibia
17-Jul-2009 review: Wolwedans Review
GoodGood
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
19-Jul-2009 review: Sossus Dune Lodge Review
GoodGood
Rostock Ritz, Namibia
20-Jul-2009 review: Rostock Ritz Review
GoodGood
The Stiltz, Namibia
21-Jul-2009 review: The Stiltz review
ExcellentExcellent
Cape Cross Lodge, Namibia
24-Jul-2009 review: Cape Cross Lodge review
GoodGood
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
25-Jul-2009 review: Grootberg Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
28-Jul-2009 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
30-Jul-2009 review: Halali Camp review
GoodGood
Namutoni Camp, Namibia
1-Aug-2009 review: Namutoni Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
3-Aug-2009 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent