Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs C from Bristol


Northern Tanzania

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 8-Feb-2015 and 21-Feb-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had been to Selous and Ruaha before and wanted to experience some of the Northern safari parks including Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

Staying at Ubuntu camp and driving around the Ndutu plains and seeing zebra and wildebeest assembling at the start of the migration certainly gave us an idea of what was about to happen. We had excellent sightings of cheetah and lion.

Our trip into the Crater was absolutely wonderful - what a magnificent place. Juma - our driver did an excellent job of avoiding sightings alongside an excess of vehicles so that we were barely aware of other vehicles in the park. However, we were not short changed with what we saw.

Expert Africa organised a private guide for these travellers; they commented:

Juma was our driver guide for 7 days and accommodated our requirements very well. We had not visited this part of Tanzania before and were happy to be advised by him to ensure that we got the best out of our trip.

We have visited Africa on many trips previously, but found that his knowledge and experience and ability to locate birds and beasts was awesome! He knew the geography of the Ndutu plains very well and could navigate the featureless plains without a hitch.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Very well organised and works exactly as planned.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lemala Manyara, Tanzania
9-Feb-2015 review: Overnight at Lemala Manyara
ExcellentExcellent
Gibb's Farm, Tanzania
10-Feb-2015 review: 2 nights at Gibbs Farm
ExcellentExcellent
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
12-Feb-2015 review: Ubuntu camp
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
16-Feb-2015 review: Beho Beho
ExcellentExcellent

Africa Trip 2014

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 20-Jan-2014 and 25-Jan-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Samburu has stunning scenery and is an excellent place to watch elephants as they are plentiful, calm and unstressed. It is also home to some particular animals not found in other places, the gerenuk, besia oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra and Somali ostrich. We saw all of these, as well as numerous dik-dik, impala and Grant's gazelle. However, at this time of year that seems to be about it. Apparently there are buffalo at other times and occasionally there might be waterbuck by the river, but there are no rhino or other varieties of antelope.

We did well with cats, seeing both lions and leopards, but they can never be guaranteed. Birds were abundant, especially raptors, and we saw many eagles, buzzards and goshawks. Kingfishers, bee eaters and waterfowl were also plentiful. Overall, a good game viewing holiday but after 5 nights we felt we had done it thoroughly and seen all that Samburu had to offer.

En route back home we had several hours to spend in Nairobi, during which we had the services of a driver. He collected us at Wilson airport after our flight from Samburu and ferried us to several interesting sites (e.g. the giraffe sanctuary, Karen Blixen's house museum, hotels for lunch and tea) before taking us to Jomo Kenyatta International airport for our flight home. This made the wait much more tolerable – airports are not the most inspiring places to spend hours of time!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

All good, nothing to add.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Elephant Bedroom, Kenya
21-Jan-2014 review: Elephant Bedroom Camp
ExcellentExcellent

Southern Tanzania Safari

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 26-Jan-2013 and 8-Feb-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Fantastic! The opportunity to stay in 2 different parks (Ruaha and Selous) was very good, as they have a quite different feel to them and also different weather. Going at low season was beneficial to us as we received more personal attention than if we were just part of a crowd. It also meant that there were not loads of other safari vehicles at a sighting.

We did experience some rainfall in both parks, though more in Ruaha, but this did not unduly affect our activities and did not present a problem. We had some excellent sightings even though the bush was green and leafy, and it was actually quite good to have them scattered throughout the parks rather than being all in one place next to a water hole.

Both camps were excellent, in their different ways.

Can't wait to go again!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No, none.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
27-Jan-2013 review: Mwagusi Safari Camp Review
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
31-Jan-2013 review: Beho Beho review
ExcellentExcellent
Oyster Bay, Tanzania
7-Feb-2013 review: Oyster Bay Review
ExcellentExcellent

Okavango holiday

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 1-Nov-2009 and 13-Nov-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The trip overall was a fantastic experience of pure escapism into a luxurious safari world, free from mobile phones and the internet.

Every request was granted: if we wanted a boat trip, we had a boat trip; a walk in the bush, and one was arranged. We had some excellent sightings of lions and leopard, although the wild dogs and cheetah were hiding on this occasion. Two big thunderstorms added to the excitement of the trip!

We greatly appreciate the expertise of Expert Africa in advising and organising the details of the trip which we enjoyed without any hassle whatsoever! Definitely an experience for the discerning tourist.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selinda Camp, Botswana
2-Nov-2009 review: Selinda Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Mapula Lodge, Botswana
5-Nov-2009 review: Mapula Lodge review
GoodGood
Shinde Camp, Botswana
8-Nov-2009 review: Shinde Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Royal Tree Lodge, Botswana
11-Nov-2009 review: Motsentsela Tree Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent