Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B from Bucks.
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Return to the Land of Contrasts
Namibia between 26 Aug 2012 and 13 Sep 2012
Etosha turned out not to be as busy as expected and many times we had the pleasure of viewing waterholes alone. With one exception the camps we stayed in did not disappoint and the gravel driving was a feature of the trip not something to be feared. It took us through some of the most outstanding landscapes and to the most beautiful places."
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"The Beauty of Erongo"
"Looking for Oscar"
"The newest camp in the park"
"Okaukuejo lives up expectations"
"Wildlife at Halali"
Mushara Bush Camp
Okonjima Plains Camp
"The home of Africat"
A safari with a difference
Zambia between 25 Jul 2010 and 7 Aug 2010
I have more mixed feelings about the bush walks. For photographic reasons and the video I take, I do like to get as close as possible to the animals. Bush walking is about a different experience and is very enjoyable but will not get you close to the animals. When time is limited it takes careful planning to get a comfortable balance and that is not always available. For example In small bush camps they may not have the resources to meet all expectations so you can find yourself doing a bush walk even when you may have wanted to go on a drive. Whilst the quantity of wildlife may not be as prolific as that say in Kenya the big advantage that Zambia has over the Masi Mara for example is that you are unlikely to have to fight for a sighting with lots of other trucks. There is plenty of space.
Personally it was not so much the quality of guiding that stood out, though it is excellent, but the warmth of the Zambian people. All the staff we met loved what they do and will always go the extra mile to make it special for you. Treat them with respect and they will respect you.
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This was our third trip with Expert Africa. Given the turbulence in the travel arrangements due to the BA strikes I cannot speak highly enough of the way in which Claire picked up ( when Anna left) our holiday booking and very efficiently finalised the arraangements.
The whole holiday worked smoothly and was a real pleasure from start to finish."
Arranged By Claire Scott
"High standards and attention to detail"
Old Mondoro Bushcamp
"Wildlife at your door step"
Chongwe River Camp
"A camp of two halves"
My Aug 2008 trip
Botswana and 1 other country between 14 Aug 2008 and 26 Aug 2008
1. The initial conversation with Chris and and Anna to help make our choices.
2. The Expert Africa web site is just brilliant at providing information for making informed choices.
3. The way that Anna coomunicated with us and when necessary made changes to accommodate our preferences.
4. The Lodges did just what it says on the tin.
5. The wildlife was beyond our expectations
6. The Delta and Chobe are a good combination
If I could improve on this the only thing I would need is a trip that geared to the needs of a video enthusiast. Guides that don't talk too much and fellow tourists that can avoide asking questions or chating when I am filming. Not many tourists take video so don't understand how much a microphone can pick up. The only answer is to have a truck to yourslef but at $500 a day at Duba is a bit too much on top of the trip cost.
This was our second trip organised with Expert Africa. My comments above reflect the high satisfaction we have with both the individuals and the company. This was also reflected by others whom we met on this trip who had booked with Expert Africa. We particualrly appreciate the care in making selections geared to what we like doing. The two way communication feels more like a partnership than a traditional customer relationship. You have proved that this standard can be maintained so we would have no hesitation in both coming to you again and recommending others to save themselves a lot of trouble and use Expert Africa."
Royal Livingstone Hotel
"Royal Livingstone Hotel review"
Muchenje Safari Lodge
"Muchenje Safari Lodge review"
Linyanti Bush Camp
"Linyanti Bush Camp review"
Duba Plains Camp
"Duba Plains review"
A wonderful holiday in a superb country
Namibia between 27 Jul 2007 and 17 Aug 2007
Your brochure itself is worth having just to look at and gives an accurate and enticing description of what we have seen.
There is really only one thing I would have changed and that was the car. Technically you are right to say that it is manageable in a 2wd car. It would however have been so much more comfortable in a 4wd. We had no punctures and no breakdowns but the bumping and shaking on the rougher gravel roads was testing if only worying about shaking the car to bits.
As for Namibia it lived up to and exceeded all our expectations. Neither of us wanted to come bcak to England the holiday was that good. The scenery is so varied and the people so friendly that I would go back any time. Like many we have hundreds of photographs and hours of video so that I can make my own DVD to remind us of a fabulous time."
Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
"A great introduction to Namibia"
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
"Excellent location , best of the holiday"
Kulala Desert Lodge
"Good location for the dunes and Sossusvlei"
"Wonderful location and excellent facilities"
"Magnificant setting and wildlife"
"Its star attraction is the waterhole"
Ongava Tented Camp
"A small oasis on the edge of the Etosha"
"The update accommodation is really good"
"A match for any accommodation"
Waterberg Wilderness Lodge
"Lovelly location and a rest from safari"
Okonjima Bush Camp