Travel reviews

Travel reviews by B-C Family from USA

My Jun 2013 trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe between 28-Jun-2013 and 12-Jul-2013 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:


The trip was spectacular and worked out very well, perfect mix of places, good amount of time spent everywhere. Desert and rivers provided a good mix of wildlife and scenery, we were never bored looking for animals, always discovering new ones. We also enjoyed seeing the villages and a living museum. A bit more contact with locals would have been nice.

We loved the self drive and the ability to explore things on our own. While expecting a bit more adventure, it was surprisingly comfortable and easy, which was fine.

Maruska was wonderful in putting this together for us, she knew the places well, was very helpful and patient.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Looking up locations on a google map was important to me (especially off the path campgrounds), would be nice to have a google map that showed all places of interest (with lat/longs that one can use to enter in one's own google map search)

As much as we wished to get away, Wifi is becoming important for many travelers, and it would be good to collect that info (uptime and speed) and pass it on to the lodges. Elegant guest house and Mushara had good wifi. Ngepi was slow, Muchenje pretty spotty with several outages. Victoria Safari camp had expensive one, Victoria Falls Hotel had good ones for guests.

For guest support on the road, calling is often hard, it might be useful to have email addresses to contact local agents.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Elegant Guesthouse, Namibia
28-Jun-2013 review: Elegant Guesthouse review
Etosha Safari Camp, Namibia
29-Jun-2013 review: Etosha Safari Camp review
Halali Camp, Namibia
30-Jun-2013 review: Halali Camp review
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
1-Jul-2013 review: Mushara Bush Camp review
Hakusembe River Lodge, Namibia
3-Jul-2013 review: Hakusembe Lodge review
Ngepi Camp
4-Jul-2013 review: Ngepi Camp review
Nambwa Campsite
6-Jul-2013 review: Nambwa Campsite review
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
8-Jul-2013 review: Muchenje Safari Lodge review
Lokuthula Lodges
10-Jul-2013 review: Lokuthula Lodges review
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe
11-Jul-2013 review: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge review