Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr and Mrs M from East Sussex


December Tanzanian trip 2013

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 23-Dec-2013 and 9-Jan-2014 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our trip was brilliant and we had a fantastic time. We found the wildebeest migration excellent, and saw a huge amount of game in the varying places. Some of it, very special. Our guide, Godwin, provided by Nomad, was great fun and very enjoyable to spend time with. He was also very good at finding the animals. Very much enjoyed the Nomad camp and met some great people. Although, Kirurumu was in a great location, we probably would have preferred to go somewhere not quite so bush, especially after the Nomad experience. We all were ready to have proper showers and toilets! The Crater itself was beautiful and well worth visiting. The good thing about our location was that we could get into the Crater early and avoid some of the crowds.

Zanzibar was great and we really loved Pongwe Beach Hotel. It's a beautiful place with a great bar, restaurant and sitting area. It was very relaxing and we enjoyed walking to a local restaurant for lunch one day. Only negative thing was being in the garden rooms, rather than the sea facing, as they were much better rooms with more breeze. We left one night early so that we could go to Stone town and had a great night there at Emerson Spice. We very much enjoyed Stone Town.

Beho Beho and the Selous were fantastic. Our room had a magnificent view and it was very luxurious. The whole lodge emphasises the luxury and it is very comfortable with great food. Unfortunately, we were the only ones there for the majority of our stay, so it felt a bit empty. However, the managers, guides and staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable and did their utmost to make us feel at home. We saw a lot of game and did some walking, although it was extremely hot while we were there so could not walk as much as I would have liked.

Once again, Expert Africa organised a brilliant trip for us and everything went extremely smoothly. Only one issue was with Echo Tours in Zanzibar who failed to pick us up on time on two occasions. In their defence, we had changed the times, but had given them plenty of notice.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp, Tanzania
24-Dec-2013 review: Great Location at Nomad
ExcellentExcellent
Kirurumu Ngorongoro Lodge, Tanzania
28-Dec-2013 review: Kirurumu Ngorongoro Lodge
AverageAverage
Pongwe Beach Hotel, Zanzibar
30-Dec-2013 review: Idyllic Beach at Pongwe
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
4-Jan-2014 review: Beho Beho
ExcellentExcellent

South Luangwa Trip Jun 2012

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 16-Jun-2012 and 23-Jun-2012 and I travelled with 6 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a tremendous trip which was very enjoyable.

Once again, Ellie and Expert Africa had organised everything very well which meant that we had no worries about the connections between the camps and everything went very smoothly.

In retrospect, everyone preferred Tafika to Mwamba and all thought they would go back. We were disappointed with the Camp Out and all felt that it was Patrick who made Mwamba. Perhaps Mwamba was a little too rustic.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We are very pleased with the high quality of service that you offer, and your personal knowledge of the camps.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
16-Jun-2012 review: Memorable Tafika
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
20-Jun-2012 review: Mwamba Bushcamp Review
GoodGood
Mwamba Camp Out, Zambia
21-Jun-2012 review: Mwamba Camp Out
AverageAverage
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
22-Jun-2012 review: Mwamba
GoodGood

A great holiday

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 16-Sep-2010 and 28-Sep-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.

Desert Rhino was our favourite place, followed by Ongava, Serra Cafema and then last would be Doro Nawas. We wouldn't stay at the Heinitzburg again.

The driving around was easy. You provided us with excellent information and all your arrangements were very well organised so we always knew where we were meant to be. If we did a trip again to Namibia, I think we would self-drive more or sort out a tented safari.

A negative we found with Namibia is that because of limited accommodation and because there are well-known sights, there is a sort of circuit that everyone appears to be doing, which made it feel a bit touristy.

On the positive side, the people are lovely and very helpful, and the country felt very safe to move around in.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Not really, we felt that Expert Africa did a very good job and were very helpful. however, having spent many holidays and lived in Africa, we did feel that Namibia is a very expensive destination.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Heinitzburg Hotel, Namibia
16-Sep-2010 review: Surreal night at the Heinitzburg Hotel
GoodGood
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
17-Sep-2010 review: Fantastic atmosphere at Desert Rhino Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
20-Sep-2010 review: Ongava Tented Camp review
GoodGood
Doro Nawas, Namibia
23-Sep-2010 review: Below Par Doro Nawas
AverageAverage
Serra Cafema, Namibia
25-Sep-2010 review: Beautiful Serra Cafema
ExcellentExcellent