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Travel reviews by Ms C from Massachusetts

Excellent experience in Zambia

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 21-Oct-2013 and 26-Oct-2013 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:


Expert Africa helped me plan a fabulous week of safari at Mfuwe National Park where I capped off a three week stay in Zambia, after visiting Lusaka and Livingstone, and staying in an Eastern Province village with U.S. Peace Corps volunteers. It was a perfect finale.

During the planning of my safari week, Maruska assisted with every aspect, answering all my questions with great care and patience. She knows Zambia and the safari camps first hand. It was such a relief knowing she had arranged every fine detail including a seamless transfer between two camps at mid-point.

I wholeheartedly recommend Expert Africa.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

This is not a criticism, but an observation about tipping. Expert Africa materials and other materials I've read, all seem to imply that tipping is not expected in Zambia. I think there was a suggestion that it might be appropriate to leave something for the guide. I did that at Flatdogs (for the guide and the assistant who rode at night with the light). However, I'm wondering if I should have left something additional for the staff.

When I got to Tena Tena, among the informational materials in the tent were envelopes to use for tipping at the end, specifying host(s), guide(s), camp staff. Of course I was happy to do that...but felt awkward I didn't do the same at Flatdogs if people were expecting it...So this is really just a heads up since you might want to see if the practice is changing at other places in addition to Robin Pope Safaris. Happy to talk with you about it if you want.

What a wonderful time I had. Thank you so much for helping make my journey unforgettably special.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Flatdogs Camp, Zambia
21-Oct-2013 review: Superb safari experience at Flatdogs Camp
Tena Tena, Zambia
24-Oct-2013 review: A very special safari experience at Tena Tena