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Travel reviews by Dr & Mrs P from York

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

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A wonderful adventure

Botswana between 11 Aug 2014 and 24 Aug 2014

Trip rating: Excellent
"I knew from my first conversation with Megan over a year ago that this would be an excellent trip. We're been to Africa a few times so had a good idea of what we wanted and Megan certainly delivered. She listened, asked the right questions and helped steer us to a short list of camps that suited our wish for small camps and camps run by different companies for variety. It all worked perfectly, including the travel arrangements.

On one transfer from a houseboat to our first camp we were looked after by six different people, and had a very pleasant two hour break at a river side lodge whilst waiting for our plane. It all happened seamlessly and with great good humour. That takes some organising!

Megan and Expert Africa are a class act!"

Arranged By Megan Green


Chobe Princesses

Chobe Princesses

"Great start to our trip"

2 nights Arrived 12 Aug 2014
"We couldn't have had a more relaxing or interesting start to our trip. After a long journey it was wonderful to be picked up at the delightful little airport in Kasane and be taken by van and boat through various immigration posts (hint - if you need reading glasses take them with you to the Namibia office. The form you have to complete is in very small print!) and chase after the moving houseboat to finally get on board. All very seamless and good fun.

The boat is lovely - spacious, beautifully decorated, with lots of different places to relax and admire the ever changing views. The rooms are smallish but very comfortable and well equipped and it was lovely to lie in bed and watch river life through the full length windows. The staff of five were great - attentive without being 'ever- present' and very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. Food, cooked and presented by chef Vincent was excellent and beautifully presented. We were lucky to be one of only two couples on board and even more lucky to have a very pleasant young South African couple as our companions.

We'd chosen to start our journey on the houseboats to have a relaxing start and the 8am morning call was great after an overnight flight the night before. The staff were very happy to let us choose what we wanted to do and when, and we had a couple of very good boat trips which were a perfect way to get up close to the wildlife and see the animals and birds from a different perspective. We saw a python sunning itself along the bank, lots of malachite kingfishers and big herds of elephant coming to the river to drink. The sundowner with elephants silhouetted against the sun was very special. We also had a trip to Vincent, the chef's, village with his brother as our guide, which was interesting and good fun, although there was singing and dancing, didn't feel at all like a show for the tourists.

We had two nights on the boat which was just enough, though a third wouldn't have been a hardship! Highly recommended as a good way to start of end a safari."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Lagoon Camp

Lagoon Camp

"Lovely staff and great wildlife"

3 nights Arrived 14 Aug 2014
"There was a great deal to like at Lagoon. The tents ( though you can't really call them that) were huge. beautifully decorated and even included a very elegant bath. That it took nearly half an hour to fill and the water was the colour of weak tea didn't matter a bit! The outdoor deck overlooking the lagoon should have been an ideal place to spend the afternoon but there was no shade and it was in direct sun so we never got to sit out which was a shame. We were in Tent 9 - a good ten minutes walk down a dusty path from the dining room - so far it was know as 'staying in Namibia' by the staff, but it did mean it was very quiet and private, apart from the odd visiting elephant.

The staff were lovely - great fun and very good at anticipating what you might need before you realised you needed it. We enjoyed the food, from the morning porridge round the fire to dinner, preceded each night by a riddle. Whoever guessed it got served first! We liked the lunchtime and evening buffets with lots of very imaginative salads and vegetables, and one night, particularly delicious steak. We enjoyed eating at one big table with the guides. This camp had the widest mix of nationalities which made for interesting conversations.

Our guide Sugar, and his spotter Aaron, were excellent and made all the drives an adventure. We tracked lions, watched a leopard stalk a reedbuck, found a group of wild dogs but also spent time looking at the birds and smaller animals. After dark drives with the spotlight were exciting - though perhaps as a consequence of Aaron's killer G&Ts I personally didn't see much! The boat ride gave us a different view of the scenery though there was surprisingly few birds of animals around during our trip. But attempting to fish was fun , if unsuccessful.

Altogether a well run camp with a good informal atmosphere which we enjoyed very much."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Little Vumbura

Little Vumbura

"Our favourite camp"

4 nights Arrived 17 Aug 2014
"Megan suggested we'd need to book a year ahead to find space at this camp - and having been we now understand why it's so popular. It's got the most beautiful location on a little island in the delta and its layout and decoration shows a skilled designer at work The tents are lovely, and the little outside deck with a very comfortable built in sofa is perfect for afternoon naps. The shower has a full length meshed screen open to the outside so I had the rather surreal experience of showering under the gentle and interested gaze of a kudu!

Managers Steve and Mandy seem to run a very happy camp with a laid back and relaxed atmosphere but very efficient service. The food was very good and one evening we really appreciated a barbeque around the campfire with singing and dancing from all the staff which they seemed to enjoy as much as we did.

Our guide, Kay, is named as one of Conde Nast's top guides in Botswana, so we felt privileged to have him. He seems to have the ability to think like a lion or a leopard and tracking with him was a real education. I might have preferred a little less time with sleeping lions and more time with entertaining baboons or elephants but my husband thought Kay's guiding was exemplary. Our mokoro ride among the reeds and bamboo was magical. Not a huge number of birds or animals but the scenery and silence were wonderful. On our last day, Steve arranged for us to go the long way round to the airstrip by boat. We saw a pair of goliath herons take off in front of us which made a perfect finale to a perfect four days."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

"Good - but not prefect"

2 nights Arrived 21 Aug 2014
"Had this been our first camp we'd probabaly have like it better but coming after Little Vumbura it seemed to us a little formal and over regimented. We'd wanted to try an &Beyond camp having been to a spectacular one in India but this one is probably ready for an upgrade - or perhaps we were just over picky after our first two camps.

The tent was fine, though the bathroom was just behind a canvas flap so you had to know your companion very well. We liked the outdoor deck with a big parasol. We had one extremely noisy night when elephants decided to investigate the fruits on the tree right outside our tent. Elephants, hippos and baboons were regular visitors round camp but we never felt at all worried by them. On our first night we were taken straight from our game drive to a spot near the camp which had been beautifully decorated with lanterns, for dinner preceded by singing and dancing by the staff. For this and other meals we all sat at separate tables which felt a little odd after the communal dining everywhere else. But as nearly all the other guests were families with children perhaps it was easier. The food was fine but again a little formally presented.

Megan had warned us that this wasn't really the camp for great game viewing but I think we were surprised at how little there was - and actually started to feel sorry for the guide and spotter who kept assuring us that there was usually more to see! The guide has to be the slowest driver we've ever had , though he did manage to get us there in time to see a group of wild dog puppies devouring an impala under the watchful eye of their parents. Even the mokoro and boat rides, whilst again very relaxing, were lacking in wildlife sightings. Perhaps not the best time of year for this camp."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Activities
Average
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good

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