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Travel reviews by Family K from London

Okavango tour July 2013

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe between 17-Jul-2013 and 30-Jul-2013 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


This was one of the best holidays we have ever had. We do not spend a huge amount of money (at least compared to what you could spend in Botswana), but nonetheless had a great time, saw and experienced lots!.

We had highlights (Nxamaseri, Chobe, Vic Falls,) and lowlights (bald tyres, Camp Kalahari), but overall enjoyed the trip

The wildlife, birds and animals, is great. The landscape outside the delta a little dull (say compared to the desert in Namibia), but OK. The delta is really interesting as are the salt pans.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

a difficult one. we had several phone calls and lots of emails, and a few iterations of the itinerary before agreeing everything. my main concerns were about driving

on the driving, i think a 4wd is essential even if using camp drives in the parks. there are too many places where one can get stuck in sand. also, there are roadworks in Namibia and Botswana that caused some delay. i realise this is difficult to factor in when booking a year in advance - we did not think to check.

one other point - when discussing where we could drive and how to get into Zimbabwe I was told that Budget would not let us take the car across the border. instead we paid for a driver and van to take us to and from Vic Falls. however, when picking up the car Budget asked us if we wanted the paperwork to cater for crossing into Z. I don't know how much money we spent on the two taxis, but it would appear that this was an unnecessary expense

Feedback response

Expert Africa double checked the car hire company's rules regarding cross border hire. These state that it is possible to take the vehicle across to Livingstone (Zambian side of the Falls) for a hefty fee and a deposit of about GBP 3,000, but that it is not possible to take the vehicle from Namibia or Botswana into Zimbabwe. We were sorry that this wasn't made clearer to these travellers before their trip.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Thamalakane River Lodge, Botswana
17-Jul-2013 review: Thamalakane River Lodge review
Nxamaseri Lodge, Botswana
18-Jul-2013 review: Nxamaseri lodge - relax and enjoy!!
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
20-Jul-2013 review: Ndhovu Safari Lodge review
Camp Kwando, Namibia
21-Jul-2013 review: Camp Kwando review
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
23-Jul-2013 review: Ilala Lodge review
Chobe Safari Lodge, Botswana
25-Jul-2013 review: Chobe - lived up to the hype
Camp Kalahari, Botswana
27-Jul-2013 review: Camp Kalahari - at your own risk
Meno A Kwena, Botswana
29-Jul-2013 review: Meno A Kwena review