Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr C & Mrs K - Leicestershire


Our Oct 2014 Zambia trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 10-Oct-2014 and 23-Oct-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

As a whole it was an excellent trip. It wouldn't be everyone's idea of a good time. To see the shoebills required a slog for about a mile through a papyrus swamp which entailed sometimes sinking knee deep in the mire but the guides were excellent at trying to show us where we should step and very good at pulling us out when we didn't. The Kapani game drives were amazing. Just about the only game not seen was rhino. The fruit bats at Wasa were unbelievable.

We have a warning about Jo'berg airport that you may want to pass on to others.

Needing to re-check in on SA Airlines, it proved not at all easy to find the appropriate check in desk. Having just arrived from an over night flight and finally locating Terminal B we were pounced upon by a porter (in uniform) as soon as we walked through the door offering to help. This he duly did - it can be done via check in terminals arranged around the stair way. Having done so he then 'demanded' a tip of disproportionate size which being in an unprepared state ( due to the early hour and previous confusion) we proffered. Later calculations, of course, revealed that we'd been 'done'. We felt, upon reflection, that he had positioned himself in readiness to target expectedly confused travellers entering through that route from terminal A.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Wasa Lodge, Zambia
11-Oct-2014 review: Wassa lodge safari
GoodGood
Shoebill Island Camp, Zambia
14-Oct-2014 review: Shoebill Island Camp review
GoodGood
Kapani Lodge, Zambia
18-Oct-2014 review: Great safari at Kapani
ExcellentExcellent
Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, Zambia
20-Oct-2014 review: Waterberry Zambezi Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent

My Sept 2012 5088Km trip.

On this trip, I visited Namibia & South Africa between 20-Sep-2012 and 13-Oct-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

I can't find enough superlatives to describe the overall experience of the trip (despite the few difficulties listed in the wider feedback). In fact, even the tyre problems, listed at the begining of the document, were a part of the overall experience and have now become a signifiicant part of the 'adventure' and of the telling.

This was very well organised and the accomodation excellent. I can't thank Sabina enough.

A great trip though hard work at times. Deffinitely not a holiday for those with poolside inclinations but what an adventure.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Some additional recomendations for any one doing a similar trip at this time i.e probably wanting to see the flowers. Don't miss out a trip round the cape for wild protea. Don't miss out Kirstenbosch. On the journey north take the coast road from Cape Town and take in the West Coast National Park with the Postberg reserve. The flowers are stunning and there are also game and bird viewings to be had. The coast road is good with good tarmac. Make sure your car has a ZA sticker on the back as the Namibian police at the Orange river border will threaten to fine you if you don't get one put on at the service station just after the border.

As soon as you get into Namibia go to the service station anyway and get your type pressures checked and deflated to about 1.80 - 2.00Atm for the gravel roads or you risk having punctures.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Vineyard Hotel , South Africa
21-Sep-2012 review: Vineyard Hotel and Spa review
ExcellentExcellent
Ndedema Lodge, South Africa
24-Sep-2012 review: Ndedema Lodge review
GoodGood
Annie's Cottage, South Africa
26-Sep-2012 review: Annie's Cottage review
AverageAverage
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
27-Sep-2012 review: Canyon Lodge review
GoodGood
Eagle's Nest, Namibia
29-Sep-2012 review: Very restful evenings at Eagle's Nest
ExcellentExcellent
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
1-Oct-2012 review: Hoodia Desert Lodge review
GoodGood
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
3-Oct-2012 review: Cornerstone Guesthouse review
GoodGood
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
5-Oct-2012 review: Camp Kipwe review
ExcellentExcellent
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
7-Oct-2012 review: Dolomite Camp review
GoodGood
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
9-Oct-2012 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
10-Oct-2012 review: Okonjima Main Camp review
GoodGood

Namibia - Botswana trip summary

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 23-Jan-2011 and 10-Feb-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

As a whole the trip was excellent. We had the most wonderful and at times exciting trip. The trip was in many ways better than we had expected.

Our main intent for taking the trip at that time was for birds with any animal sightings (which we had been advised could be difficult due to high grass and many water holes away from the lodges) being regarded as bonus. In the event we saw most of the possible animals and in close proximity. We missed cats and rhino. Getting around in our not 4X4 was mostly possible though not without some mud and water problems. These could mostly be overcome with a litle thought and careful manoevering of the car.

The lodgings were all great and all very different. People in the lodges and outside were all very friendly and helpful. Grateful too when we gave them lifts.
As is indicated below we were very pleased with the way Sabina dealt with all aspect of setting up the trip for us and especially the way the problem of the delayed outward flight was overcome.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I'm mostly using this box to feed back other findings from the trip for information which may be useful to others. In our information we were told that we needed documentation and to take the car into Botswana that this would be taken from us at the border and that we'd have to purchase another to take the car back into Namibia. None of this happened. Other than the driver filling in details of the car in a book at each of the four posts (out and into Namibia, into and out of Botswana) they weren't particularly interested in the car as such. However, we did have to purchase documents to enter Botswana. These were - 1 year's road tax and 1 month entry permission (for the car) costing together 160 Rand (we had no Pula). I think our information only mentioned the entry permission. The tax thing may be new.

We were able to use debit and credit cards in petrol (Shell) stations in Bowsana though one insisted (at the junction onto the Trans-Kalahari Highway) in taking an amount from the card before pumping gas.

Information on the difficulties relation to the electrical sockets and lack of adapters may be useful.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
24-Jan-2011 review: Olive Grove review
GoodGood
Waterberg Camp, Namibia
25-Jan-2011 review: Waterberg Camp review
GoodGood
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
26-Jan-2011 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Namutoni Camp, Namibia
28-Jan-2011 review: Namutoni Camp review
GoodGood
Nkwazi Lodge, Namibia
30-Jan-2011 review: Nkwazi Lodge review
GoodGood
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
31-Jan-2011 review: Ndhovu Safari Lodge review
GoodGood
Lianshulu Lodge, Namibia
2-Feb-2011 review: Lianshulu Lodge review
GoodGood
Nxamaseri Lodge, Botswana
4-Feb-2011 review: Nxamaseri Lodge review
GoodGood
Kalahari Arms Hotel, Botswana
6-Feb-2011 review: Kalahari Arms Hotel review
GoodGood
Kalahari Bush Breaks, Namibia
7-Feb-2011 review: Kalahari Bush Breaks review
GoodGood
Eningu Clayhouse, Namibia
8-Feb-2011 review: Eningu Clayhouse review
GoodGood