Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs G - Michigan


Our 3rd safari

On this trip, I visited Kenya & Tanzania between 24-Aug-2014 and 9-Sep-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Once again Expert Africa has helped us plan a superior holiday. As we have more experience with safari travel, they have helped us zero in on those camps that fulfill our wants.

We enjoy small, intimate camps with great managers and varied activities and the Expert Africa staff has done a great job of guiding us to the right locations. Two of the camps on this trip are owned by Asilia and we recommend them highly. It seems that Asilia does a great job of allowing each of their camps to have its own distinct personality, while providing the staff and management with excellent training opportunities. The third camp we visited on this trip was independently owned and was equally spectacular.

A big thank you to Claire Scott and Richard Trillo, with an occasional assist from Eleanor Dunkels, too!

We look forward to working with you again when we plan our next trip.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Royal Palm Hotel, Tanzania
24-Aug-2014 review: A very short stay
ExcellentExcellent
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
25-Aug-2014 review: A great start to our safari
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
29-Aug-2014 review: Fabulous Beho Beho
ExcellentExcellent
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
3-Sep-2014 review: A unique experience
ExcellentExcellent
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
5-Sep-2014 review: Wonderful Naboisho Camp
ExcellentExcellent

My Sep 2012 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 9-Sep-2012 and 22-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our second Expert Africa safari, and we are as happy with the planning and service as we were on our first trip. We think that you have the best website and brochure available anywhere, and it makes the planning process much easier.

We initially had difficulty deciding whether to go to Botswana or Zambia, so when we called to discuss the differences we were connected with Chris McIntyre. Chris spent almost an hour on the telephone with us discussing the merits of each country, and thoroughly explaining the differences between the safari experiences in them. When we got off the phone, we were both captivated by the idea of travel in Zambia because of the possibility of walking treks with well-trained guides.

From there, Claire Scott became our contact and helped us decide which camps best suited our wishes. Her recommendations were perfect!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Only one minor thing...... Since we were visiting Victoria Falls in September at a time when the river flow is low, we wish that we had been advised that the viewing is better from Zimbabwe. We would have arranged for a 2-entry Zambian visa and allotted time to cross the border

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Sindabezi, Zambia
10-Sep-2012 review: Great start at Sindabezi
ExcellentExcellent
Tafika, Zambia
13-Sep-2012 review: Tafika review
ExcellentExcellent
Old Mondoro Bushcamp, Zambia
17-Sep-2012 review: Old Mondoro Bushcamp review
ExcellentExcellent
Chiawa Camp, Zambia
19-Sep-2012 review: Chiawa Camp review
ExcellentExcellent

Tanzania comments

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 9-Oct-2010 and 23-Oct-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

It exceeded our expectations! Our trip was absolutely wonderful. The planning was flawless, and every detail was taken care of.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

A little more guidance on tipping would be helpful. While we asked for and received specific guidelines on amounts for the staff and the drivers, we were unaware until we arrived that separate (and fairly substantial) tips for butlers and trackers were also expected. We had calculated our expected total cash needs, and then doubled that figure when planning how much money to take, and we were glad to have the excess with us. Your notes to travellers could indicate that in some camps, these additional staff members may also be deserving of tips.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Onsea House, Tanzania
10-Oct-2010 review: Onsea House review
GoodGood
Olakira Mara - Ndutu Camp, Tanzania
12-Oct-2010 review: Olakira Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Kleins Camp, Tanzania
15-Oct-2010 review: Klein's Camp safari
ExcellentExcellent
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Tanzania
19-Oct-2010 review: Tree Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
21-Oct-2010 review: Crater Lodge experience
ExcellentExcellent