Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs A - Edinburgh


a great experience

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 28-May-2014 and 14-Jun-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Botswana is definitely the premier destination for wildlife safaris. Having been to Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa, I felt Botswana had the most to offer although the former holidays were great in their own right.

The camps were, on the whole, well run and the staff hospitable and friendly. The guides were passionate and knowledgeable - always keen to answer questions and reveal the secrets of their country. We not only learned a great deal about the wildlife but also the traditions of the people and how the country has benefited from the flourishing tourist industry. Other struggling African nations could learn a great deal from the shining example posed by Botswana.

We had a fantastic time and hope to return at some point in the future, Expert Africa's recommendations and organising skills were spot on. Flights, pick ups, drop offs etc etc all went like a dream, so well done to Megan and her team. These things don't happen without a lot of work going on behind the scenes.

One negative point, perhaps worth mentioning, is that we were told it would be difficult to book the holiday as late as January as the good camps would be full. As it turned out, none of the camps were anything like full, and Duba Plains, probably the best camp we stayed in, was half empty for two of the three nights we stayed there. I know that travel companies want you to book early but it did not suit us on this occasion to do so.

Another useful service Expert Africa could offer, as some other companies do, is a breakdown of the costs of each camp. This would allow the client to compare like with like and assess, at least in a cost sense, the quality of individual camps.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Just keep doing what you do. I can think of nothing to criticise in the organisation of the holiday. Obviously, very expensive but a lot of the tourist cash does filter back to the people of Botswana which is vital in maintaining the passion and commitment of guides and staff.

It would help to receive some feedback from Expert Africa re my observations and comments above. We did not receive any feedback to our comments regarding a previous holiday in Tanzania. Perhaps a phone call discussion with Megan would be a useful way of showing that our feedback was valued.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Sindabezi, Zambia
29-May-2014 review: great stay on Sindabezi Island
ExcellentExcellent
Duba Plains Camp, Botswana
31-May-2014 review: buffalo and lions drama at Duba Plains Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
3-Jun-2014 review: wild dogs at Lagoon Camp
GoodGood
Khwai Tented Camp, Botswana
6-Jun-2014 review: luck runs out at Khwai
GoodGood
Stanley's Camp, Botswana
9-Jun-2014 review: great elephant experience at Stanley's
GoodGood
Xigera, Botswana
11-Jun-2014 review: a great end to our holiday at Xigera
ExcellentExcellent

a great trip

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 29-Sep-2010 and 16-Oct-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The trip was fantastic with only a few minor quibbles - see previous pages. It was very expensive but definitely worth it.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

not really

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tanzania
30-Sep-2010 review: Very pleasant stay-both times!
GoodGood
Sayari Camp, Tanzania
1-Oct-2010 review: Fantastic stay at Sayari
ExcellentExcellent
Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania
4-Oct-2010 review: Greystoke was out of this world
ExcellentExcellent
Chada Camp, Tanzania
7-Oct-2010 review: Very remote and quiet camp
ExcellentExcellent
Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tanzania
11-Oct-2010 review: Already commented before
GoodGood
Mchanga Beach Lodge, Zanzibar
12-Oct-2010 review: A beautiful hotel
GoodGood