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The annual wildebeest migration making a crossing in the Maasai Mara.

Canoeing in the Lower Zambezi: there's big game on the Zambian and Zimbabwean banks of the river.

A balloon in the still air of dawn, taking off over the Namib Desert.

A traditional hunting party sets off across the Kalahari just after the rains

A herd of Elephant roams the plains Arusha at the boot of Mount Meru.

Cape Town spreads around the feet of Table Mountain

A dip in the turquoise waters around Vamizi Island, Mozambique

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Africa: Reviews from our travellers

Latest news: unedited reviews from Expert Africa's most recent travellers

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Mr & Mrs V.
Leiden

"Our Oct 2021 trip"

I visited Namibia between 7 Oct 2021 and 25 Oct 2021
"Planning a trip in these confusing times was a bit of a challenge. Originally planned for 2020, we were more than ever looking forward to travelling.

Despite airlines cancelling our flights (twice, without explanation), camps closing down and last minute unsure entry requirements, Expert Africa never backed down and delivered everything we hoped for. The camps were well chosen as were the proposed drives.

Contact with the office was equally good and our questions were always quickly answered. We have nothing but positive comments on Expert Africa, especially considering this must have been a very difficult period for everyone working in this line of business.

Thank you for all the work you've done. We're back next year." Read full review: 18 nights in Africa; 16 on a Namibia trip
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs H
Caterham

"My Oct 2021 trip, long awaited return to favourit"

I visited Kenya between 2 Oct 2021 and 13 Oct 2021
"As I said I could not wait to return to Africa and I was not disappointed!
I love staying at the smaller lodges, never tire of game drives, guides stories and a chill out by the coast." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 10 on a Kenya safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Miss P
London

"My Oct 2021 trip"

I visited Zambia and 1 other country between 1 Oct 2021 and 25 Oct 2021
"As a solo traveler, the lesson from this trip was what a massive difference the hosting and management can make to my enjoyment of a camp. In this respect, it really highlighted the appeal of owner run camps like Tafika where, as a repeat guest, you know you can expect to see the same faces (more or less) and get the same welcome time after time. Whilst I did also really enjoy Rekero, I know that there would be no guarantee of the same experience in a couple of years time as managers move on.

It was wonderful to be back in Zambia, and I was determined not to go another year without a Zambia safari, so I departed for this trip before Zambia was removed from the red list. The 10 days in Kenya were to "launder" my red list trip, although this was rendered unnecessary during the trip by the removal of Zambia from the red list.

The two days walking in Chikoko were a highlight of the trip and I wish I could have done more walking, but my timings were constrained by needing to fit in the 10 day "quarantine" in Kenya.

One disturbing development I found in South Luangwa was the proliferation of film crews, both on the Kaingo side of the river and the Nsefu side. These do negatively impact game viewing for tourists as the crews monopolise access to certain high profile animals and either don't allow tourist vehicles to approach or at least only allow access when nothing interesting is happening. I understand that next year there will be SEVEN film crews operating in the north part of South Luangwa. I appreciate that some operators have had to find other sources of income in the absence of tourism due to covid, but when tourism returns to normal levels (hopefully next year) I can see this becoming a major issue." Read full review: 24 nights in Africa; 12 on a Zambia safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Jayce
NJ, USA

"My Oct 2021 trip"

I visited Kenya between 1 Oct 2021 and 9 Oct 2021
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard Trillo.

Hi Richard,

A Big THANK YOU!!!!! to you! This was an experience of a lifetime. I literally had tears in my eyes many times during this trip. Kenya is ❤️. The people are warm. The Off Beat Mara staff went above and beyond. And our guides—- Symon and Muli —- became almost like family. We didn’t want to leave.

As you know, I had hesitations initially because of the cost. But thank you for your gentle push because I would have missed on this life changing experience if I were not open to your suggestions.

We saw the BIG 5 and were blessed to see the wildebeests and zebras crossing the Mara River. Our heart, minds and eyes were full with the abundance of wildlife that we saw up close. All these, in addition to out guides knowledge, expertise and generous sharing of relevant information, made me look at wildlife from a totally different perspective. I have greater appreciation now of Kenya, its people and its culture.

We will definitely be back. There is so much to explore in Africa. And we will definitely reach out to you again because this experience has been so pleasant, I could not imagine doing this again with anyone else.

Thank you, Richard." Read full review: 8 nights in Africa; 5 on a Kenya safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs A.
Oregon

"My Oct 2021 trip"

I visited Tanzania between 1 Oct 2021 and 14 Oct 2021
"A great trip.

Wonderful experience for a first time safari and Expert Africa made the planning much easier.

Coordinating delays from the original plan due to the pandemic and then rearranging plans for a different time of year and with 2 of us flying in at different times was handled well." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 11 on a Tanzania safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr T & Mr L
Amsterdam

"Meru and Amboseli"

I visited Kenya between 30 Sep 2021 and 13 Oct 2021
"It was simply wonderful to be back in Africa. If you're even slightly thinking about making a trip, take the plunge if you can. Everywhere felt safe (more so than at home) with the coronavirus being treated very seriously and the camps were clearly delighted to be back in operation.

Everyone was beyond welcoming and emphatic that we tell friends and family that Kenya is open for business and welcoming travellers.


At a personal level we were aching to return to the bush having had to reschedule this trip three times. We had been in Ethiopia and Kenya (the Mara conservancies) in February and early March 2020 and got home just as the world went into lockdown and it was a privilege and pleasure to finally return.

There was some additional hassle with paperwork, testing et cetera but once on the ground it felt almost like old times and was totally worth the effort. And in Meru we barely saw another visitor during our stay. Just awesome.

Planning was inevitably very last minute due to travel uncertainty and changing entry requirements but Richard was very patient and did a great job. The entire trip went like clockwork and we couldn't be happier with the arrangements made for us. We have already made plans for another trip in early 2021.

Last minute trips are great :-)" Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 9 on a Kenya safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr L.
Bern, Switz.

"Visit Splash Camp 28.09.-02.10.2021"

I visited Botswana between 28 Sep 2021 and 2 Oct 2021
"We very much enjoyed our stay at Splash camp and had amazing views of a hunting cheetah, a roaring lion just in front of us and many other animals.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

As a keen birdwatcher, I was a bit disappointed that the birdwatching was a bit neglected, despite the many interesting birds in the area.

However, the guides were quite knowledgeable about the birds and I see there quite some potential for improvement." Read full review: 4 nights in Africa; 4 on a Botswana safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr P
New Jersey

"My Sep 2021 trip"

I visited Namibia and 1 other country between 28 Sep 2021 and 18 Oct 2021
"It was remarkably better than I had even hoped. A trip we won't soon forget.

The Covid-19 restrictions were unpleasant but once we departed Airworld we were fine.

My one concern is the cost, which makes this hard to recommend to most of my relatives though I have friends who could afford it." Read full review: 20 nights in Africa; 15 on a Namibia trip
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr R.
Paia, Hawaii

"My Sep 2021 trip"

I visited Namibia and 1 other country between 20 Sep 2021 and 7 Oct 2021
"This was the trip of a life time for me - a dream I've had since I was a kid [ I'm 65 ] I'm so glad I finally went ! my only real regret is that I should have stayed a month or more , instead of 21 days.

I limited myself , and my agent , by saying I wanted to keep the cost down . Big mistake ! In hindsight I would have gladly spent a bit more money on this epic adventure !Especially with the long flight [ I live in Hawaii ] I want to give my heat felt thanks , to my excellent agent Sabina , and Expert Africa for the outstanding , highly detailed planning . When it came time to figure out the timing for my Covid test , and two back to back border crossings , to Botswana and Zimbabwe, my head started spinning . plus all the reservations , rental car, multiple transfers etc. I could not have done it without her . I know that with the 12 hour time change , when my arrival time drew near , Sabina had to work after hours , to make all the last minute arraignments - she did it all , and made it look easy ! I normally wouldn't have filled out a form like this , but I had to - just try my best to show my appreciation .

It was a pleasure doing business with Sabina and I can't thank her enough I highly recommend Expert Africa - I have zero complaints .

Aloha from Hawaii - R

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

None at all" Read full review: 17 nights in Africa; 14 on a Namibia trip
Overall trip
Excellent
Western
Alberta

"My Sep 2021 trip during COVID"

I visited Zambia between 18 Sep 2021 and 4 Oct 2021
"It took lots of planning and attention to details to pull this trip off in the later stages of the pandemic, assessing and managing potential risks, but I am so glad that I did so.

It was a fantastic trip originally planned for 2020, and ended up being a rare experience given the relatively small number of fellow travelers. This resulted in much more personal time and interaction with guides and camp staff, and with the small number of fellow travelers that one did encounter.

There were some offsets - fewer guests and vehicles about meant there were fewer "spotters" to share sightings, and so locating wildlife could be more challenging at times. With fewer guests, and guests dining in their own small bubbles; there was no communal dining and camaraderie with fellow travelers from around the world, which is a more common pleasure of the safari experience.

Expert Africa / Claire Scott did a great job throughout, with excellent information. attention to detail, and enormous patience. They have a great reputation in-country on the ground, based upon the feedback I got from both camps and operators, some of whom are competitors.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Keep up the good work!

Your web site has always been good, but you have made great improvements over the past couple of years and now it is excellent." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 6 on a Zambia safari
Overall trip
Excellent
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