Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs R from Aberdeen


Expert Africa lived up to their name again

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 8-Sep-2018 and 4-Oct-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We enjoyed everything about our long Namibia trip.

All logistics worked efficiently and all our accommodation was excellent. We always seemed to be in the best rooms at the best lodges and again we were lucky with our game viewing.

Yet again Expert Africa exceeded our expectations. Thanks to Tracy

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

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I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Hilltop Guesthouse, Namibia
9-Sep-2018 review: Hilltop Guesthouse review
ExcellentExcellent
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
10-Sep-2018 review: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch review
GoodGood
Fish River Lodge, Namibia
11-Sep-2018 review: Fish River Lodge right on edge of canyon
ExcellentExcellent
Eagle's Nest, Namibia
13-Sep-2018 review: We loved staying at mountain view,Eagles nest
ExcellentExcellent
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
15-Sep-2018 review: Hoodia Desert lodge. Excellent and friendly
ExcellentExcellent
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
17-Sep-2018 review: Cornerstone Guesthouse review
ExcellentExcellent
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
19-Sep-2018 review: Camp Kipwe Food let it down
GoodGood
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
20-Sep-2018 review: Hoanib was a highlight of our Namibian trip
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
23-Sep-2018 review: Okaukuejo great waterhole let down by camp.
GoodGood
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
25-Sep-2018 review: Mushara bush camp exceeded expectations
ExcellentExcellent
Shametu River Lodge, Namibia
27-Sep-2018 review: Strange welcome at Shametu River lodge
GoodGood
Lianshulu Lodge, Namibia
29-Sep-2018 review: Lianshula great lodge with great activivities
ExcellentExcellent
Chobe Princesses, Botswana
1-Oct-2018 review: Chobe Princess was a highlight of our trip
ExcellentExcellent

My Aug 2017 trip

On this trip, I visited Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar between 30-Aug-2017 and 17-Sep-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Yet again Expert Africa lived up to their name by setting us up with a great trip.

We enjoyed every part of it and frequently thought the next day could not be as good as the last. However it always was. Thanks to Ellie for developing the itinerary for us and thanks to James setting it up.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Eka Hotel, Kenya
30-Aug-2017 review: Convenient overnight stay
GoodGood
Kigelia Camp, Tanzania
31-Aug-2017 review: Great stay and game viewing at Kigelia camp
ExcellentExcellent
Chada Camp, Tanzania
4-Sep-2017 review: Amazing stay at Chada our favorite camp
ExcellentExcellent
Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania
7-Sep-2017 review: Magical chimp encounters
ExcellentExcellent
Kuro Tarangire, Tanzania
11-Sep-2017 review: Great game viewing at Kuro
ExcellentExcellent
Pongwe Beach Hotel, Zanzibar
14-Sep-2017 review: Another great stay at Pongwe Beach
ExcellentExcellent

Yet again Expert Africa proved EXPERTS

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 6-Jun-2015 and 28-Jun-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We must congratulate Ellie and Freddie on putting together and organising our fabulous trip to Zambia. We really enjoyed every day and all logistics went like clockwork.

The itinerary was fantastic with great new places and excellent revisits.

We still don't know how they organise our wonderful animal sightings but we appreciate the fact they do!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Marcia still wants to see a Pangolin


I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, Zambia
7-Jun-2015 review: A pleasant stay at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Shoebill Island Camp, Zambia
10-Jun-2015 review: Shoebill Island Camp exceeded expectations
ExcellentExcellent
Shiwa Ng'andu, Zambia
13-Jun-2015 review: Shiwa Ng'andu was the highlight of our trip
ExcellentExcellent
Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia
16-Jun-2015 review: Mfuwe Lodge was a pleasant surprise
ExcellentExcellent
Tafika, Zambia
17-Jun-2015 review: We saw why so many people return to TafiKa
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
20-Jun-2015 review: Great walking at Chikoko Tree Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Crocodile Bushcamp, Zambia
22-Jun-2015 review: Very close to lions and elephant at Crocodile
ExcellentExcellent
Old Mondoro Bushcamp, Zambia
24-Jun-2015 review: Mondoro is still our favourite camp in Zambia
ExcellentExcellent

My Sep 2013 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 14-Sep-2013 and 30-Sep-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Ellie yet again organised a great holiday, everything went like clockwork. The camps were all fantastic and met our requirements perfectly. We are not sure how she managed to organise three different Aardvark sitings but we are glad she did. The title Expert Africa justified comletely.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Pangolin sightings next time

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
14-Sep-2013 review: Great game viewing at Kaingo
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
17-Sep-2013 review: Out of Africa experience at the elephant hide
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
18-Sep-2013 review: Animals and birds loved the Mwamba Hide
ExcellentExcellent
Mwaleshi Camp, Zambia
22-Sep-2013 review: Buffalo delayed all our Mwaleshi walks
ExcellentExcellent
Old Mondoro Bushcamp, Zambia
26-Sep-2013 review: We were glad we returned to Old Mondoro.
ExcellentExcellent

one of our best trips to Africa

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 11-Sep-2012 and 30-Sep-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We cannot thank Ellie enough for this great holiday
We had great guiding and game viewing.
We really liked all our accommodation and especially liked the nomad camp in Serengeti

The holiday was everything we wanted it to be

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
12-Sep-2012 review: great start that got better and at Lake Manze
ExcellentExcellent
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
16-Sep-2012 review: Great guiding and game viewing at Kwihala
GoodGood
Plantation Lodge, Tanzania
19-Sep-2012 review: A cool restful haven at Plantation Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp, Tanzania
22-Sep-2012 review: Sleeping with wilderbeest at serengeti camp
ExcellentExcellent
Pongwe Beach Hotel, Zanzibar
25-Sep-2012 review: relaxing with great beach and food at Pongwe
ExcellentExcellent
Serena Inn, Zanzibar
29-Sep-2012 review: Serena Inn showed it is the best in Stonetown
ExcellentExcellent

A great trip overall

On this trip, I visited Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania & Zanzibar between 9-Sep-2011 and 27-Sep-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

AverageAverage

We had expected an itinerary which we only got from our guide on arrival in Ruanda.
We found we had a very long and bumpy trip from Kigali to Nyungwe and from Nyungwe to Kibuye. These were unexpected and not pleasant.
We wondered why we had 4 nights in mountain view lodge rather than 3 nights and last night in Kigali> Most others seemed to do this.

THE PERSON WHO MADE OUR TRIP SPECIAL WAS OUR DRIVER IN RWANDA, AIMABLE. He broke our long journey to Nyungwe with a stop at the National museum. He made our last day in Rwanda special as he suggested we left very early so we could spend time at the Genocide museum before we caught our flight to Zanzibar. He shared his own experiences of the politics of Rwanda and the Genocide. He really looked after us

Overall the trip was great we enjoyed all the primates, Rwanda. Zanzibar and Mafia

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Macushla House, Kenya
9-Sep-2011 review: Macushla house not ideal for a transit stay
AverageAverage
Nyungwe House, Rwanda
10-Sep-2011 review: Nyungwe Lodge is wonderful once you get there
ExcellentExcellent
Moriah Hill Resort, Rwanda
14-Sep-2011 review: Moriah resort great location terrible hotel
PoorPoor
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Rwanda
16-Sep-2011 review: A great expereience at Gorilla mountain view
ExcellentExcellent
Serena Inn, Zanzibar
20-Sep-2011 review: Serena Inn review
GoodGood
Pole Pole, Tanzania
22-Sep-2011 review: polepole in mafia is a fantastic place
ExcellentExcellent
Serena Hotel Dar, Tanzania
26-Sep-2011 review: Royal Palm hotel was fine for overnight stop
GoodGood