Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs A from Hants


South Africa yet again

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 27-Jan-2014 and 12-Feb-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We have been to sub-Sahara Africa fourteen times now, althogh not always to South Africa and not always with Expert Africa. This was another good trip with good sightseeing, game viewing, food and wine. An extra night would have been useful at some venues, but we had to cope with a fixed time slot.

Africa is an incurable disease - we will be back for more.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Addo Main Camp, South Africa
28-Jan-2014 review: Addo Main Camp - very good value for money
ExcellentExcellent
Kariega Main Lodge, South Africa
30-Jan-2014 review: Kariega Game Reserve
GoodGood
Storms River Restcamp, South Africa
1-Feb-2014 review: Storms River Rest Camp - great location
ExcellentExcellent
De Hoop Opstal, South Africa
3-Feb-2014 review: De Hoop Opstal a wonderful surprise
ExcellentExcellent
Farmhouse Hotel, South Africa
5-Feb-2014 review: Farmhouse Hotel - back again
ExcellentExcellent
Le Petite Dauphine
7-Feb-2014 review: Le Petite Dauphine
ExcellentExcellent
Camps Bay Retreat, South Africa
9-Feb-2014 review: Camps Bay Retreat in time warp
GoodGood

Serengeti Safari

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 28-Jan-2012 and 7-Feb-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a lovely holiday with some of the best game viewing ever. Our guides Emmanuel and Jacob were both excellent and weseemed to enjoy each others company and had some good laughs!

We did not appreciate the Tse tse flies in Lamai but mosquitos did not appear to be a problem.
Everywhere was very dusty as there had been no recent rain.

We were fortunate to be able to do a walking safari along the Mara river, this was great and definitely one of our highlights
We would be very happy to recommend both our guides.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Very good,we have recommende you to several of our friends, some of whom have booked holidays through you. They have all returned with favourable reports

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lamai Serengeti, Tanzania
29-Jan-2012 review: Wonderful Lamai Serengeti
ExcellentExcellent
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp, Tanzania
1-Feb-2012 review: Great guide at Serengeti Safari Camp
GoodGood
Plantation Lodge, Tanzania
4-Feb-2012 review: Plantation Lodge review
GoodGood

Great holiday

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 2-Oct-2009 and 23-Oct-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Officialdom
With one exception, officialdom was always courteous and polite, if often annoyingly slow.

At the vet fence north of Sehitwa in Botswana, we pulled slowly up to the white stop line on the road in front of the barrier as there were no vehicles in front. A policeman appeared and without explanation demanded a "fine" of 200 pula. He said we should have stopped at a stop sign which was propped up on bricks just a few feet earlier. After a polite stand-off, we left without paying. On discussing this incident at our next lodge, we were told that whilst on the spot fines are legal in Botswana, the amount demanded had been irregular. The consensus of opinion was that this had been a try on.

Suggestions for improvements:

We have been very satisfied, hence our repeat business. Off the cuff, we haven't any suggestions.

Overall
There were occasions when a 4WD vehicle could have been useful (but we don't know the cost).
This was our annual treatment for the 'Africa virus' and it worked very well (actually our eleventh trip to sub-Sahara Africa). Where next?

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kalahari Bush Breaks, Namibia
3-Oct-2009 review: Great overnight stop
GoodGood
Edo's Camp, Botswana
4-Oct-2009 review: Tracking rhino on foot!
ExcellentExcellent
Nxamaseri Lodge, Botswana
6-Oct-2009 review: Okavango River experience
AverageAverage
Lianshulu Lodge, Namibia
8-Oct-2009 review: Best lodge in Caprivi Strip
ExcellentExcellent
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
10-Oct-2009 review: Disappointment at Ndhovu
PoorPoor
Hakusembe Lodge, Namibia
12-Oct-2009 review: Angola overlooked
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
13-Oct-2009 review: Halali holiday camp
GoodGood
Hobatere Lodge, Namibia
16-Oct-2009 review: Eden beyond Etosha
GoodGood
Huab Lodge, Namibia
18-Oct-2009 review: Excellent lodge short on game
ExcellentExcellent
Amani Lodge, Namibia
20-Oct-2009 review: Disaster at Amani
TerribleTerrible