Travel reviews by Mrs S from London
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Oct 2022 trip
Tanzania between 1 Oct 2022 and 14 Oct 2022
Thank you to the team for their understanding and helping to handle the logistics during the pandemic and ever evolving red lists, etc... Always excellent service from Expert Africa!"
Arranged By Jessica Plumb
"Katumbuga House is a little gem"
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp
"Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp review"
Incredible food at this camp, especially the lunches which we found fresh and zingy and absolutely delicious every day of our stay. Olias and his team were friendly and hospitable (especially Goodluck who always seemed to know when my husband needed a top up of wine or a cheeky whisky nightcap).
The game viewing was exceptional at the time of year we stayed (early October) and we were lucky with a river crossing and several leopard sightings."
"One of the most magical places in the world"
From the dreamy bandas nestled on the edge of the beach to the sunset bar with its drop dead gorgeous views... you'll find yourself in total paradise. And that's even before you get to the real reason you're here - amazing chimpanzee trekking with the best guides in the business. Then top your day off by diving from the boat into the middle of glorious Lake Tanganyika.
There is nothing better."
Lupita Island Lodge
"Lupita Island Lodge review"
The food at Lupita was some of the best we had our entire trip, no contest. It was quiet when we visited, so we were exceptionally well spoiled by Shaban and the entire staff. It's a lovely place to chill out by the pool, go snorkelling, kayaking, etc... Don't forget to try their "Lupitarita" off the cocktail menu. I think we may have had more than our fair share.
A lovely place that deserves to be better known."
Zambia / Zanzibar
Zanzibar and 1 other country between 16 Sep 2019 and 2 Oct 2019
Arranged By Amanda Bond
"Unique safari experience"
The guides and camp staff are exceptional - some of the most friendly and knowledgeable we've met anywhere on our travels. It's obvious how much they truly care about their guests. Chef James turns out delicious lunches and dinners (fresh salads, grilled meats, chicken satays), exactly the kind of thing you fancy after several hours of bush walks. We moved on to another camp afterwards and wished we could have had Chef James with us!
If you're up for an adventure on foot and interested in experiencing a totally different kind of safari, we highly recommend Mwaleshi. You'll get closer to the animals than you think -- and that's a pretty incredible feeling!"
"Kaingo Camp review"
The game viewing is exceptional in the South Luangwa - lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, giraffes, civet, genet, porcupines, and some of the most stunning zebra you'll find anywhere. There were a few occasions where the park felt a little too busy, especially on the evening drives when the headlights of competing vehicles are a distraction, but it's a stunning safari location and caters to photographers especially well.
We found the food a little too fussy for our tastes, but we're probably in the minority, and the chef here does a great job of catering to different dietary requirements."
Fumba Beach Lodge
"Lovely little oasis"
The pool area is a delightful little oasis overlooking the beach. It's very easy to spend a whole day here reading, swimming, and watching the cheeky little blue monkeys who like to try their luck and scamper down to the "watering hole" occasionally. There is the loveliest little dhow bar that opens for sundowners at 5 pm and is the perfect place to while away a few hours watching the surf and the very beautiful sunsets that you get on this side of the island.
Last but not least, the staff go out of their way to make sure you're enjoying your stay. We felt very well looked after.
Fumba Beach Lodge is excellent value and highly recommended."
"Matemwe Lodge review"
The lodge is perfectly located for snorkelling at Mnemba Island which is the best we've ever experienced and an absolute must! They also offer reef walks and a visit to the local fish market, which is so much fun to see especially if you've watched all the fisherman motoring back with their daily catch.
Other benefits: great food, friendly and helpful staff, two different pools, and a nice bar area where the bush babies will come to visit for their breakfast at sundown every evening.
One thing to consider: because of the lodge's proximity to the ocean and the strength of the tidal surf, there is the feeling that everything in your room is just a little damp all the time."
Rwanda, June 2016
Rwanda between 25 Jun 2016 and 2 Jul 2016
I was impressed with how smoothly everything was organised from the moment we arrived at the airport. Our stay at Sabyinyo Lodge was a true highlight.
We organised a private guide for these travellers, who commented:
Our guide Patrick - Overall experience: Excellent
Patrick was a wonderful guide for our trip in Rwanda. Smart, funny, he kept us constantly entertained with stories about Rwanda and its people.
We threw a few challenges his way (such as an injury during gorilla trekking) and he managed everything beautifully. We knew we were always in good hands.
He also recommended a fantastic restaurant for dinner and made sure the chef came out to greet us personally."
Kigali Serena Hotel
"Kigali Serena Hotel review"
Food of a good quality without being exceptional, but the wine list and selection was excellent. Very pleased with this hotel."
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
"Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge review"
Lunches were delicious and we were very impressed with the selection of wines on offer and the bar service. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and we were made to feel completely at home.
I would not hesitate to recommend Sabyinyo."
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
"Lake Kivu Serena Hotel"
The pool and beachfront area are lovely and an easy place to spend a couple of days. Good location in walking distance from a local restaurant and bar.
Despite full board, we choose to eat out on the second night because the food in the restaurant was of a poor standard and very disappointing.
One larger concern -- we went to the wrong hotel room by accident and found that our key was able to open the door. Not sure if this is a larger security issue across multiple rooms but it was a little worrying."
Charming and quiet with beautifully landscaped gardens and friendly, efficient staff, Katumbuga House is a little gem. There's also a lovely pool, and they do an exceptional lunch if you need longer than a quick overnight stay.
This was our second visit, having been thoroughly impressed the first time."