Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr G & Dr E - Cambridgeshire


fabulous return to zambia

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 6-Sep-2013 and 19-Sep-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

fabulous trip. interesting to see how things were different to 2009. Much drier and hotter in both parks.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

better access to information regarding special offers

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Nkwali, Zambia
7-Sep-2013 review: nkwali review
ExcellentExcellent
Tena Tena, Zambia
9-Sep-2013 review: tena tena safari
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
12-Sep-2013 review: fabulous nsefu
ExcellentExcellent
Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
14-Sep-2013 review: chongwe river camp
GoodGood

first safari in Namibia

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 15-Sep-2012 and 30-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We were worried about going to Etosha and not seeing the volume of game that you would expect in other parks with guides. How wrong we were! We had some fantastic sightings, probably helped by the safaris we had done in the past. There had been some recent bush fires, but we were very lucky that enough time had passed for the game to return. I would say that 6 nights was a good amount of time to spend (over 3 camps). We met people doing it in 1-2 nights - they were not as lucky as us in terms of sightings. We spent on average 10 hours per day in the park and were amply rewarded

There were no issues driving ourselves around.

We would definitely recommend and will return.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
16-Sep-2012 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
17-Sep-2012 review: long walks in the bush ;)
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
20-Sep-2012 review: Mushara Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
22-Sep-2012 review: Halali Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
24-Sep-2012 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
26-Sep-2012 review: Etendeka Mountain Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
28-Sep-2012 review: Okonjima Main Camp review
GoodGood

Trip to ZImbabwe

On this trip, I visited Zimbabwe between 4-Sep-2011 and 17-Sep-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

GIven the relative lack of tourism over the past 10 years, we were expecting things to be a bit chaotic. However, this was only the case on arrival at vic falls airport, where a computer issue meant over an hour to get a visa and enter the country. After that, everything went like clockwork and was comparable to other trips we have done around Africa.

The only noticable differences were in the food portion sizes (smaller) and the room laundry (bed linen and towels - less frequent). The guiding, especially in Mana Pools was excellent. It was a very long day to get there though and a bit depressing to fly over and then not to arrive for another 8 hours....

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Perhaps more detailed information on the website to try and reduce the amount of time needed to be on the phone

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Somalisa Camp, Zimbabwe
5-Sep-2011 review: Somalisa Camp review
GoodGood
Musango Safari Camp, Zimbabwe
9-Sep-2011 review: Musango Safari Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Vundu Camp, Zimbabwe
12-Sep-2011 review: Vundu Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
16-Sep-2011 review: Ilala Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent

southern safari

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 25-Sep-2010 and 8-Oct-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Going to Ruaha first was better in terms of internal flights (especially for someone who gets travel sick). If we had realised how far away Jongomero was from the plains in Ruaha, we would have done two camps here instead of in the Selous (as these are all close together). This meant that we did not get a chance to see cheetah, which I had specifically enquired about. This in addition to our experience at Selous Impala camp, slightly marred our experience, but in general, it was as we expected.

There were no night drives in the Selous, contrary to what I was told.

There is apparently now an early morning flight to Dar from Selous which connects to the BA flight, obviating the need for an overnight stay in Sar.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

More detailed brochure

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Jongomero Camp, Tanzania
26-Sep-2010 review: Jongomero Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
1-Oct-2010 review: Selous Impala Camp review
AverageAverage
Siwandu (Selous Safari Camp), Tanzania
4-Oct-2010 review: Selous Safari Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Sea Cliff Hotel, Tanzania
7-Oct-2010 review: Sea Cliff Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent

My Aug 2009 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 31-Aug-2009 and 12-Sep-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

best holiday ever - can't wait to go back!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kapani Lodge, Zambia
1-Sep-2009 review: Kapani Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Nsolo Bushcamp, Zambia
4-Sep-2009 review: Nsolo Bushcamp review
ExcellentExcellent
Kakuli Bushcamp, Zambia
6-Sep-2009 review: Kakuli Bushcamp review
ExcellentExcellent
Sausage Tree Camp, Zambia
8-Sep-2009 review: Sausage Tree Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Chiawa Camp, Zambia
10-Sep-2009 review: Chiawa Camp review
ExcellentExcellent