Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr. & Mrs C - Berwick


Everything we had hoped for and more

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 22-Apr-2016 and 9-May-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We were very glad we decided to fly between most of the camps. The trip would have taken several weeks by road but each and every flight was "scenic" and you only get a real appreciation of the topography from the air. Landscapes in particular are unlike anywhere else we have visited. We enjoyed the whole trip hugely: so different from other safari holidays taken. We saw everything we had hoped for - from desert adapted lions and elephants to walking with black rhino and cheetah. We thought the level of knowledge of the guides in general was not as extensive as other African countries we have visited. Bruno at Mundulea stood head and shoulders above the rest in this regard. Advice for other vegetarians is that this is a very meat-based society but the overall quality of the offerings - with one or two notable exceptions - was uniformly poor and way below our experience in Botswana and Tanzania. It didn't detract from our enjoyment but would have enhanced it! Thanks to Sabina for picking up the organising reins mid-way, in particular flagging up an earlier bush flight on our arrival day.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Little Kulala, Namibia
22-Apr-2016 review: Excellent first stop
ExcellentExcellent
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
25-Apr-2016 review: Millionaire moments
ExcellentExcellent
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
28-Apr-2016 review: Surprises on the Skeleton Coast
ExcellentExcellent
Little Ongava, Namibia
1-May-2016 review: Wish we'd stayed longer!
ExcellentExcellent
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
3-May-2016 review: Walking with Bruno
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
6-May-2016 review: Cheetah magic
ExcellentExcellent

We wouldn't have changed a thing

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 13-Jan-2015 and 28-Jan-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

After a safari to Botswana in September 2013 we decided to visit Tanzania in green season, deliberately targeting Selous and Ruaha as a less busy area. Both locations far exceeded expectations and offered a very varied landscape with wildlife to match.

Our three camps were different in character and in how they operate. We were so glad we spent five nights at each as this allowed time to fully explore each area as well as getting to know the guides and staff. We didn't travel with expectations of seeing particular animals and with the bush in full growth thought sightings might be more elusive. However, we saw everything we thought we might see and much more. The number and variety of birds, including migrants, was stunning.

Everything went like clockwork, including camps being aware that we are vegetarian (not a problem!). Without exception staff were friendly, welcoming, informative and helpful. The time flew by and more than 3,000 photographs later, we were sad to leave. We wouldn't have changed a thing.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
13-Jan-2015 review: Great start to our Tanzanian safari
ExcellentExcellent
Beho Beho, Tanzania
18-Jan-2015 review: Spectacular!
ExcellentExcellent
Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
23-Jan-2015 review: Kwihala Camp review
ExcellentExcellent

Magic moments

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zimbabwe between 4-Sep-2013 and 16-Sep-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

First we thought Nick advised us well to start at Victoria Falls then move on to the camps. The pre-holiday information sent by Expert Africa was extremely informative and useful and Nick was always prompt in answering our queries.

The three Kwando camps were uniformly excellent but different in their own ways. The common denominator was the positive and welcoming attitude of all the staff. No exceptions. We can't praise them too highly. All were extremely helpful, worked hard and really seemed to want to contribute to the enjoyment of your holiday.

We were apprehensive when setting out as to how we would cope as vegetarians but we enjoyed every meal. We have seen negative reviews about the food but literally everything is cooked or prepared from scratch and we found it extraordinary how such delicious things are prepared in the middle of nowhere.

A small point but we think Kwando are missing an opportunity in the camp shops where there is little choice of local crafts as mementoes. Indeed no-one seemed to know what if anything had been made in Botswana.

This was our first visit to Africa and would probably be difficult to beat. Everything went smoothly from the moment we landed at Victoria Falls to our return flight to Maun. We saw everything that we wanted to see and more and returned home with more than 1600 photographs and memories that will be with us for a long time. Kwando's policy of a maximum six people per jeep makes for memorable and intimate sightings. On a couple of occasions we were the only ones in the jeep. Being so close to the wildlife with no-one else about was magical.


I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
5-Sep-2013 review: Great location for Victoria Falls
GoodGood
Lebala Camp, Botswana
7-Sep-2013 review: Great introduction to Kwando camps
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
9-Sep-2013 review: Superb location and sumptuous accommodation
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kwara, Botswana
11-Sep-2013 review: Little Kwara ... big experience
ExcellentExcellent