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Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B from Dersingham


Another great trip with Expert Africa

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 20-Aug-2017 and 30-Aug-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was an excellent holiday. We had visited Tafika and Kaingo twice before so had a good idea of what to expect, but Chikoko Tree Camp, and the walking activities there, were a new experience. Walking safaris are totally different from driving safaris and proved a great new experience for us, but not to be recommended for the faint of heart or anyone who is not physically fit. On one afternoon walk we had to make numerous detours due to encounters with elephants (a great experience!) and therefore had to walk at a fast pace in order to arrive back at camp just as darkness fell.

We did find the 30-hour journeys between the UK and Zambia more tiring than when there was a direct flight from Heathrow to Lusaka. We might consider an overnight stay, or an airline class upgrade on the night-time leg of the journey, should we decide on a repeat visit.

Our booking experience through Amanda was easy. She quickly grasped what our requirements were. As before with Expert Africa staff we were impressed that we were not pushed to do things that we didn't want. Amanda kept us up to date with progress regularly and very promptly via email.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

It was very good to be met by a Tours Africa representative at Lusaka airport. He had our names on a board, and collected our luggage while we obtained our visas. We weren't 100% sure that this would happen, as your 'Notes for travellers to Zambia' booklet says on page 11 "they'll normally meet you". First time travellers would find the meeting service very helpful, and the knowledge that it would actually happen very re-assuring.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
21-Aug-2017 review: Too short a time at Tafika
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
23-Aug-2017 review: Walking into a totally different experience
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
25-Aug-2017 review: Our return to a new look Kaingo
ExcellentExcellent

South Luangwa re-visited

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 18-Sep-2013 and 30-Sep-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was the second time we had visited Zambia. We liked our first trip two years ago so much that we returned to exactly the same camps, changing only the order in which we visited them. In all our travels this is the first time that we have ever done that, and we were not disappointed.

Of course we saw many of the same animals as before, but every encounter is different, and we now have even more precious memories and photographs.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
19-Sep-2013 review: Our second wonderful stay at Tafika
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
22-Sep-2013 review: Mwamba revisited
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
25-Sep-2013 review: A fitting finale
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
29-Sep-2013 review: Our last night in Zambia
GoodGood

Safari in South Luangwa

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 14-Sep-2011 and 26-Sep-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a wonderful time! The lodges and camps were very much as we expected - or even better. It is true that one can 'travel light' because washing really does come back on the same day. Our sightings of wildlife were beyond our expectations and have left us with some marvellous memories - and hundreds of photos. We saw leopards on no fewer that seven occasions, and lions that were within touching diistance, not to mention all the antelopes, birds and other animals.

Unfortunately there was one event that could have spoilt our holiday had we not been fairly seasoned travellers who do not easliy panic. On arrival at Lusaka we discovered that our names were not on the Proflight list for the flight to Mfuwe, and it was full. The existence of our Expert Africa voucher for the flight proved totally worthless. Fortunatey we were assisted by staff from Tours Africa, who tried to contact Expert Africa for us but it was before office hours in the UK, and Chris McIntyre's phone was on voicemail.

They then contacted Heather at Tafika, and she sorted out an eTicket for the midday flight. All this meant we lost a morning hanging around at Lusaka airport, when we were expecting to be travelling out to the Luangwa valley. When we did arrive at Mfuwe we were met by a driver who had had to make an extra round trip to pick us up when he should have been on his way to one of the Tafika bushcamps. So our arrival at Tafika was all very rushed in the end, and not at all the relaxing start to a holiday that had been planned.

We would point out that Heather also checked our return Proflight flight, and passed on an eTicket (booked by Claire Scott), as there was no booking for that either. She also checked with Shentons that they were expecting us. Considering that this holiday was booked in early February this experience was very disappointing.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tafika, Zambia
15-Sep-2011 review: Tafika - our first experience of Zambia
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
18-Sep-2011 review: Kaingo = can do
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
22-Sep-2011 review: Magical Mwamba
ExcellentExcellent
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
25-Sep-2011 review: Pioneer Camp
GoodGood