Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Ms N from Idaho

Wish I'd kept it shorter, like first 10 days.

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa & Zimbabwe between 13-Oct-2013 and 1-Nov-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


I was thoroughly enjoying the trip until I became sick at Macatoo when I never got over the dysentery even with cipro, which had always worked the the past.

I loved the safari camps prior to Macatoo and had my expectations dashed there.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Wish I hadn't had such high expectations for Macatoo and Bazaruto (hard in Bazaruto as Portuguese was main language). My experience at the safari camps at the beginning to the trip far exceeded my expectations for a "camp"; I've done lots of camping, but the safari camps far exceeded anything I would call a "camp". Meals, facilities, drinks, guides exceeded all my expectations, but missed my mountains. Very impressed by the training and knowledge of the guides; only in Botswana is English the primary language.

Only down side was the HEAT, and getting pestered by the street vendors in Victoria Falls. Forget about a cotton scarf for the dust, but one thoroughly kept soaked, and dripping around my neck, saved several of the morning and afternoon safari rides. Might suggest those scarves filled with hydrating beads for the hot months; I would have brought one. Forget about wearing complete safari gear in the hot months, shorts and short sleeves are more appropriate; all vehicles have a roof for sun protection. Knowing how to keep cool under a soaked cotten towel in the afternoon, or playing "hippo" in a pool, also helped. Also, being warned that you never leave a vehicle while on safari, would make one aware to only bring sandals for footwear; that was all that was needed. OK, you could get out of Land Rover for morning tea or a sun downer, served right at the vehicle; must get permission about where to go for a "potty" break. Guides hold safety as highest priority.

I can hardly wait to see the thousand plus pictures my daughter took; we had different final destinations and she said the "card" is in the mail. I think you should also contact my daughter for her evaluation.

Feedback response

These travellers wanted to visit a specialist riding camp. Because our team at Expert Africa don't currently have riding expertise, or great experience of these camps, we suggested that these travellers book the camp - Macatoo - directly. They did this at the end of the Botswana section of their trip.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
City Lodge OR Tambo, South Africa
13-Oct-2013 review: Very convenient with connection to airport.
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
14-Oct-2013 review: Convenient location.
DumaTau Camp, Botswana
16-Oct-2013 review: Hot at Duma Tau
Chitabe Lediba, Botswana
18-Oct-2013 review: Chitabe Lidaba, not chitabe
Little Vumbura, Botswana
21-Oct-2013 review: Peace on the water
Macatoo, Okavango
24-Oct-2013 review: Galloping through the marshes
City Lodge OR Tambo, South Africa
27-Oct-2013 review: Good transition between points
Bazaruto Lodge, Mozambique
28-Oct-2013 review: Tried to be an ocean paradise
Casa Rex, Vilanculos
31-Oct-2013 review: Good place to rest