Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Ms P from London


A good off-the-beaten-track itinerary

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 19-Sep-2017 and 30-Sep-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Katavi and Mafia are both fairly off-the-beaten-track, which I loved, although there was quite a lot of travel in between locations. Flight schedules also meant having to spend a day at either end of the trip in Arusha, which was probably not the most efficient use of time, especially for a short holiday.

However, Katavi and Mafia were both places I really wanted to visit and I wouldn't have changed that.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Rivertrees Country Inn, Tanzania
19-Sep-2017 review: Very pleasant
GoodGood
Chada Camp, Tanzania
21-Sep-2017 review: Excellent
ExcellentExcellent
Pole Pole, Tanzania
25-Sep-2017 review: Great place to chill out
GoodGood
Kia Lodge, Tanzania
29-Sep-2017 review: Convenient
AverageAverage

A good introduction to Kenya

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 11-Mar-2017 and 18-May-2017 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Although I have travelled extensively in Africa, it was my first time in Kenya. I'd shied away, mostly worried about huge crowds around sightings. This trip helped dispel that view: it is possible to go to Kenya (so convenient if you only have a short amount of time!) and enjoy the best it has offer in beautiful, remote areas.

Both Kicheche camps were were excellent; I would wholeheartedly recommend them.

And special thanks to Expert Africa for rearranging my itinerary at the last minute, due to safety concerns. I should emphasise that there was absolutely no reason to worry in Ol Pejeta in Laikipia.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ole-Sereni, Kenya
11-Mar-2017 review: Convenient
GoodGood
Kicheche Laikipia, Kenya
12-Mar-2017 review: An unexpected treat
GoodGood
Kicheche Bush Camp, Kenya
15-Mar-2017 review: A wonderful camp
ExcellentExcellent

Getting away from it all

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 8-Oct-2016 and 18-Oct-2016 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

North and South Luangwa are my favourite parks in Africa, and I've been to a few. A ten-day break, with no access to email or news, felt like a month away from the messy world we live in.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
9-Oct-2016 review: Heaven
ExcellentExcellent
Mwaleshi Camp, Zambia
14-Oct-2016 review: Doesn't get better than this
ExcellentExcellent

Rwanda rocks!

On this trip, I visited Rwanda between 25-Jun-2016 and 2-Jul-2016 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

I absolutely loved Rwanda and couldn't recommend it highly enough.

I am a very experienced safari-goer, and seeing mountain gorillas - spending a full half-hour with a mother and her two-month-old and getting close to the magnificent silverbacks - ranks among any top sightings. But Rwanda is about much more than just gorillas: it's an extraordinary country, stunningly lush and beautiful, and with a dignified people that makes it even harder to comprehend the horror of the genocide. It needs tourist dollars, and that $750 gorilla permit is worth every penny if you can afford it. I urge everyone to consider it for an alternative trip to Africa. (Note: for safari lovers, there are game parks in the south and east that we, unfortunately, did not have time to visit.)

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kigali Serena Hotel, Rwanda
26-Jun-2016 review: Ideal base for Kigali
GoodGood
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Rwanda
27-Jun-2016 review: Superb Sabyinyo!
ExcellentExcellent
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Rwanda
30-Jun-2016 review: Nice spot to end the holiday
AverageAverage

Unrivalled Zambia

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 9-Aug-2015 and 21-Aug-2015 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Zambia is my favourite safari destination, and once again it didn't disappoint. I think I am addicted...

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
10-Aug-2015 review: Perfect start
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
13-Aug-2015 review: Special place
ExcellentExcellent
Mwaleshi Camp, Zambia
16-Aug-2015 review: Amazing place
ExcellentExcellent

Can't get enough of Zambia...

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 23-Aug-2014 and 4-Sep-2014 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

I keep going back to Zambia because it exceeds my hopes and expectations every time... The game is superb, the scenery stunning, guides are excellent and the small, family-owned lodges offer incredible service.

Would recommend a few days of walking safari for those who really want to get away from it all.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No... always a pleasure!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
24-Aug-2014 review: Another great stay at Kaingo
ExcellentExcellent
own arrangments
27-Aug-2014 review: Chikoko walking trails and Mwaleshi
ExcellentExcellent

Unforgettable safari

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 25-Aug-2013 and 7-Sep-2013 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Thoroughly enjoyed my holiday, and the game viewing in South Luangwa in late August/early September was truly unforgettable.

Five nights in Lower Zambezi was probably a bit long for me, as the game was not as good, but it is a beautiful area and good for relaxing.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
26-Aug-2013 review: Unforgettable
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
30-Aug-2013 review: Bushcamp luxury at Mwamba
ExcellentExcellent
Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
2-Sep-2013 review: Stunning setting
ExcellentExcellent

Fantastic holiday

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 18-Nov-2012 and 26-Nov-2012 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

If you want a stunning park with lots of animals and very few people, Ruaha may well be for you.

I do recommend trying to stay both at Jongomero and at one of the camps in the north is you can: the landscapes (and weather patterns) are different, and it's a wonderful way to get a good sense for the sheer vastness of this wonderful place. Highly recommended.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
18-Nov-2012 review: Lovely bushcamp; great game viewing
GoodGood
Jongomero Camp, Tanzania
22-Nov-2012 review: Superb camp in remote Ruaha
ExcellentExcellent
Hyatt Regency
24-Nov-2012 review: Comfortable base for Dar Es Salaam
GoodGood

Excellent

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 13-Jun-2012 and 21-Jun-2012 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The whole trip was excellent, as you will see from my reviews, and it was seamless, too, thanks to the Tours Africa representative at the airport on arrivals and the pre-arranged taxi services.

Shenton Safaris was everything I wanted, and I can't wait to return.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

For someone who is used to piecing together entire trips on my own, I am hugely impressed by Expert Africa's knowledge and service. When I first contacted Ellie I thought I knew exactly what I wanted, but with just a few emails back and forth she ended up proposing the ideal itinerary - thank you!

I will be recommending you highly, and will certainly use you again for future trips to Africa.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
14-Jun-2012 review: Brilliant
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
17-Jun-2012 review: Unique and brilliant
ExcellentExcellent
Eight Reedbuck Hotel, Zambia
20-Jun-2012 review: Comfortable Lusaka base
GoodGood