Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs D from Twickenham


Overview

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 30-Oct-2010 and 13-Nov-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

One of the best, if not THE best holiday we've ever had. (Only thing missing was exercise, but not much chance of that.)
Game viewing bit disappointing at Lebala with hindsight but as virgins we still enjoyed it. Rooms and camp very good.
Little Kwara very enjoyable.

Nxabega stood out though, as a superbly-run camp, with a truly wonderful atmosphere. Grant and Dimari really set the benchmark.
Game best at Sandibe but what a miserable dump by comparison to Nx.

The transfer processes worked very well and once we knew the score, we relaxed totally about moving from camp to camp, and this really helped make the whole thing more enjoyable compared to hacking around India or wondering if the planes would fly in South America.

Zimbabwe day trip was worth it although we got stitched up by Zambia immigration, they hadn't given us a multiple-entry, only a double entry visa but this was not clear.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Take note of any unusual situations (eg airstrip down) and set expectations accordingly.
Check game viewing status / concession conditions closer to the off, maybe it would be better to switch (eg Lebala was only worth 2 nights due to so much empty burnt scrub).

Transfer from Livingstone to Lebala took a while; no food on the Proflight transfer, no food opportunities at Livingstone airport (only coffee) or en route (Kasane airport not selling food) so we were starving by the time we got to Lebala; it would have been good to arrange some opportunity to eat or buy food at some point. Maybe include a visit a cafe / restaurant in Kasane town, as there is plenty of time ?

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lebala Camp, Botswana
30-Oct-2010 review: Lebala Camp review
GoodGood
Little Kwara, Botswana
2-Nov-2010 review: Little Kwara review
GoodGood
Nxabega Safari Camp, Botswana
4-Nov-2010 review: Nxabega Safari Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Sandibe Safari Lodge, Botswana
7-Nov-2010 review: Sandibe Safari Lodge review
AverageAverage
Zambezi Sun, Zambia
10-Nov-2010 review: Zambezi Sun review
AverageAverage
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
12-Nov-2010 review: Pioneer Camp review
AverageAverage