Travel reviews by E & D from New Mexico
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Kenya between 16 Jan 2019 and 5 Feb 2019
From Richard's front-end suggestion to stay at Macushla House and have a driver to explore around Nairobi, to the last days at Sarara appreciating the remarkable conservation successes achieved through a joint venture with the Samburu people, I wouldn't change one thing.
Expert Africa earns my loyalty every time, and I think it is safe to now call myself an Africa addict."
Arranged By Richard Trillo
"Quiet place to land"
Nairobi Giraffe Centre visit
18 Jan 2019 • Morning excursion
Nairobi Elephant Orphanage visit
18 Jan 2019 • Morning excursion
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport
"Great idea from Richard"
El Karama Eco-Lodge
"Best "surprise" of the trip"
Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge
"Rhinos on foot"
"Lewa Wilderness review"
"Perfect place for our last stop"
My Jul 2012 trip
Zimbabwe and 2 other countries between 11 Jul 2012 and 29 Jul 2012
Malawi and Zimbabwe proved to be two great countries to combine on this trip. There were many similarities. We found the staff in the camps and the people we met along the way to be very friendly, helpful and interested in us. The high standards of our guides impressed us, from Chris the manager at Mkulumadzi who personally took us on a walk and on a boat up the Shire River, to Richard Chamwala at Mvuu who delighted in sharing all things big and small with us. In our book you can always tell the best guides when they like finding the little birds and bugs to point out, not just the hippos fighting 30 feet away from the boat, both of which Richard did.
Our guide Nduduzi Ndlovu at Camp Amalinda in Matobo Hills was great at listening to us and discovering our interests, as evidenced by the wonderful day we spent with him driving through the park and the local communal lands, visiting a school, and hiking up to a cave with ancient paintings. He not only knows 7 languages but also knows where to find a zonkey!
Even our drivers that took us from one camp to another (or to an airport) were excellent, like Mike from Wilderness Safaris who stopped the car several times so we could see and talk to people and who also helped me buy a tchenge (those colorful traditional fabrics that woman wear as a wrap) in a roadside market.
We went to both countries in the hope that our visit would encourage and support the conservation of wildlife and wild areas. We also came to really appreciate the people of these two countries, where life has not been easy but there is a great determination to carry on and do better.
Claire at Expert Africa, with assistance from Chris, shared many insightful comments from personal experience so that we came up with this list of places to visit that really suited us. As usual, all details were handled and executed perfectly on the ground. This is really saying something because we gave quite short notice of our desire to travel.
And next time I will really believe you when you say that it gets cold in July at night!"
See E & D's Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe picturesin their own gallery.
Arranged By Claire Scott
"Mkulumadzi Lodge review"
Mvuu Wilderness Lodge
"Mvuu Wilderness Lodge review"
"Kawaza Village review"
"Ruckomechi Camp review"
"Vundu Camp review"
"Ivory Lodge review"
Everything we hoped for and more
Namibia between 27 Apr 2010 and 21 May 2010
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
It would be hard to design a better trip. The only suggestion I could make to do differently would be to select automatic transmission. We spent a fair bit of time driving getting places and after I ground the gears a few times David decided he'd better do all the driving. On the other hand, maybe this might be a strategy for some."
"Olive Grove review"
Okonjima Plains Camp
"Upgraded to Bush Camp"
"Klipspringer at dawn"
"Hobatere has lots of birds!"
"Truly amazing sights at the waterhole"
"Restful camp in the heart of Etosha"
Onguma Etosha Aoba
"Lions, Snakes and Giraffes at Sunset"
"A Special Place"
"A hiker's treat"
"Best location in Walvis Bay"
Coast and Sandwich Harbour
"The best outing ever"
20 May 2010 • All-day excursion