Travel reviews by Mr F and Mrs B from Dorset
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On this trip, I visited Zambia between 9-Sep-2013 and 19-Sep-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.
The arrangements from the outset were carefully researched, and you put together a fairly complex itinerary in which we tried to fill time between BA flights in and out of Lusaka on the available days. It is unfortunate that no longer will BA fly Lusaka direct.
For us Premium Economy was an advantage, though others may well find economy is satisfactory.
Each of the arrivals, transfers and departures was eased by the reps involved, looking out for us, and aware of our plan ahead.
The choice of game parks was excellent for us and staff were outstanding. Good value for money compared with our experience of two hotels. The small numbers at Lodges made a better holiday of it, and contact with staff was informal, informative and careful attention was given to individuals. So often a hotel visit is a commercial exercise, Lodges at once suggest they are there for us.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
I do not recall seeing a brochure, wish I had one, but might have passed it to another member of our party of four, but we could not find it. The Bradt guide was an excellent companion in advance, and will be a fine reference book.
I could have done with more detail in breakdown in price. After an estimate we were shown minor differences, as adjustments were made. If I had done everything myself I may have saved some money, but your price gave us the confidence of expertise and back up that was essential for a trip of this complexity not least since our combined age is over 320! We were at no time anxious about planning or arrangements as they happened without problems, and with the assistance we anticipated at every stage.
I stayed at and have reviewed:
|Kafunta River Lodge, Zambia
9-Sep-2013 review: fine experience especially guides and drives
|Own arrangements - Kabwe
13-Sep-2013 review: visit charity with which I work
|Zambezi Sun, Zambia
14-Sep-2013 review: Two nights at Zambesi Sun
|Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, Zambia
16-Sep-2013 review: Two nights at Waterberry Lodge
|Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Zambia
18-Sep-2013 review: Taj Pamodzi a brief overnight stay