Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr H & family from Sussex

My Dec 2012 trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 21-Dec-2012 and 28-Dec-2012 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


Our 7-night trip to Botswana over Christmas 2012 was excellent. Expert Africa recommended a very good mix of camps and locations, with good contrasts between the vast Central Kalahari and then two quite different locations in the game-rich Okavango Delta. Camps were very high quality throughout, with a few minor areas for improvement which are covered in individual camp reviews.

We definitely felt we were getting good value for our money in each of these places - not only because of the accommodation and guides, but also because of the exclusivity. We rarely saw another vehicle at any point, and never more than one.

We had some concerns about travelling in December, when Botswana is often hot and wet (and when the wetland areas of the delta can be dry with high grass). These proved unfounded - weather was fine throughout, except one grey day, and not uncomfortably hot at game drive times (apart from one very long drive in the Kalahari). Bush fires in the delta actually meant that the grass was short in many areas and game viewing was excellent. And we were able to take boat and mokoro trips in both locations in the delta.

Huge thanks to all at Expert Africa, especially Megan, for the advice and for the quick responses to endless questions!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Tau Pan Camp, Botswana
21-Dec-2012 review: Tau Pan Camp review
Shinde Camp, Botswana
24-Dec-2012 review: Shinde Camp review
Kanana, Botswana
26-Dec-2012 review: Kanana review