Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr S from Maidstone


South Luangwa Safari July 18

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 21-Jul-2018 and 30-Jul-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This trip replicated one I did on my own two years ago - I raved about it so much this time I persuaded my partner and some friends to come along too. A superb place to have a safari holiday - great animal sightings and lovely camps to stay in.

I've not been there other than in July so cannot comment on timings in comparison with other times in the year, other than to say the early morning drives start a bit chilly so warm clothing and a hat essential - but the days 'hotted' up as soon as the sun was up, but never to the extent that it was uncomfortable or made sleep difficult.

Outside of the park there are recommendations to stop at Tribal Textiles and the South Luangwa Project before returning home. We found Tribal Textiles a bit of a disappointment - we understood that the proceeds went to the local community, but the prices were very high to the extent that we felt extortionate.

On the other hand the South Luangwa Project shop was much better, and although we realised we were paying more than a 'local' price, were happy to do that to help the local economy, and those the Project was supporting. If we ever manage to get back to the South Luangwa we would stop at the Project shop on the way in - they will take measurements and make you up clothing to collect on the way home - that would be a great reminder of the holiday.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Luangwa River Camp, Zambia
21-Jul-2018 review: Luangwa River camp 21-24 July
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
24-Jul-2018 review: Mwamba camp 24-27 July
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
27-Jul-2018 review: Kaingo Camp 27 - 30 July
ExcellentExcellent

South Luangwa July 16

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 19-Jul-2016 and 28-Jul-2016 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

First visit to Zambia, but have been to other game parks in Southern Africa.

July seemed to me a good time to have gone - slightly chilly at the start of the morning drives, soon warmed up but was never unbearably hot. Water low enough to ensure good concentration of game - this has to be the best place in the world for 'up close' leopard viewings, and lots of other game there too, including two good lengthy sightings of wild dogs.

Centre of the park where I started seemed to have more tourists there, but sightings never crowded, and the more northerly sector hardly saw anyone else whilst out on game drives. Would definitely recommend it.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
21-Jul-2016 review: Kaingo camp July 16
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
24-Jul-2016 review: Mwamba Camp July 16
ExcellentExcellent

Tanzania July 14

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 17-Jul-2014 and 29-Jul-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We did 3 days in Selous, 3 days in Ruaha, 3 days on Mafia island and 3 days on Chole Mjini. A really good balance with some great game viewing and 'Indian Ocean' activities and a chance to wind down.

The country, the people , the climate, the places we stayed and food and other facilities outstanding - would recommend Tanzania as a holiday destination

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

You might want to warn people who go to Mafia that their Marine Park payment receipt will need to be available when they leave

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
17-Jul-2014 review: Selous Impala Camp Review July 14
ExcellentExcellent
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
20-Jul-2014 review: Mdonya Old River Camp July 14
ExcellentExcellent
Pole Pole, Tanzania
23-Jul-2014 review: Pole Pole July 14
ExcellentExcellent
Chole Mjini Lodge, Tanzania
26-Jul-2014 review: Chole Mjini July 14
ExcellentExcellent