Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B - Northamptonshire


Good destination for game viewing

On this trip, I visited Zimbabwe between 18-Sep-2012 and 29-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

We enjoyed our stay in Zimbabwe and found a very warm welcome from everyone we met. There is obviously a strong desire to promote tourism and in Victoria we were thanked for going there.

Many friends questioned the safety of our choice of destination before we went and so we ended up saying safari in Africa after a while! We encountered no problems nor any hostility towards us at all. We will now be able to tell people so.

Cash purchasing is all important so take plenty of it - 4 of the places we stayed had safe facilities. No one wanted travellers cheques, and credit machines seldom worked.

In Victoria, vendors are persistent but not aggressive - just keep in mind they just want to make a $. There are plenty of tourist police on hand if need be.

The Falls are stunning and well worth the visit. We had 3 nights in Victoria. Two is more than enough if it is only the Falls that you wish to see and in fact we did that on arrival so 1 night would have been sufficient for us with more time on safari.


Importantly the game viewing is excellent and the regions offer a great deal of contrast so it is worth doing as much as you can afford! I would not recommend less than 3 nights in any camp/area if travelling between regions as the travelling is long and tiring. Travel arrangements need improving overall including communication about them.

The guiding was all of a very good standard with obvious enthusiasm.
We had hoped to do more walking, but were constrained by our travel arrangements. This is a great pity. For the nervous, think carefully before choosing Goliath as the proximity to wildlife is challenging and could be very uncomfortable for some. For those who would like the experience, it is awesome.

We would recommend Zimbabwe from the experience we had. Just plan your route carefully

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
19-Sep-2012 review: Very comfortable colonial hotel.
GoodGood
Goliath Safaris, Zimbabwe
20-Sep-2012 review: Walking safari was exhilerating
GoodGood
Little Makalolo Camp, Zimbabwe
23-Sep-2012 review: Lovely camp
ExcellentExcellent
Camp Hwange, Zimbabwe
25-Sep-2012 review: Very knowlegable guiding
GoodGood
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
27-Sep-2012 review: Relaxed feel close and close to the Falls
GoodGood

Our afircan adventure

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 10-Sep-2009 and 18-Sep-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was a trip organised very late in the day, which I think made it all the more exciting. I think we were well advised by Lucy and realistically the holiday provided what it said it would. There was good variety in the camp choice and the stay in each was about right. I think having browsed the Botswana guide also helped the whole experience too.

wilderness apparently always confirm return flights which might be useful to know.

J'burg airport are taking temperatures of all visitors on arrival - a couple of paracetomol might be advisable for anyone with a bug or two to avoid quarantine!

Suggestions for improvements:

Please see comments above.

I never did receive the brochure request!

Pictures of the camps might help, its difficult for first timers to have any idea what to expect. Some guests might appreciate forwarnng that animals know no boundaries and will tent visit.

Chris McIntyre may be interested to know we met a guide working at Little Vumbura called Sam (i guess late 40's) who recalled setting up camp without tents many years ago before Wilderness Safaris. He spoke very warmly of him.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selinda Camp, Botswana
10-Sep-2009 review: A lovely camp in all respects.
ExcellentExcellent
Chitabe Camp, Botswana
13-Sep-2009 review: Chitabe Camp review
GoodGood
Little Vumbura, Botswana
15-Sep-2009 review: our place in the wilderness
ExcellentExcellent