Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr and Miss S from Wimbledon, London

October trip generally

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 4-Oct-2013 and 18-Oct-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Overall the trip was enormously enjoyable and successful.

We thought that our visits to Lilongwe and Chipata, both the SOS Children's villages and the experience of smaller towns, added considerable interest to the trip and added an extra dimension to the safaris, since we met local people and saw the country beyond the slightly false environment of the safari camps. Everyone we met was extremely friendly and welcoming. We also enjoyed our short stay in Nairobi, staying as before at the excellent but unfussy Fairview Hotel.

The safaris were very enjoyable. Lion Camp was our favourite of the two camps and could not be faulted, and we would definitely recommend it to anyone. Its location is exceptional and the game plentiful. We saw lots lions, a leopard on 3 occasions and many elephants - these three being our favourites - and the reviews of the plentiful sightings of lions and leopards were a major factor in selecting Lion Camp. We were not disappointed.

Puku Ridge was also lovely and suffered in our estimation only because of the wonderful experience we enjoyed at Lion Camp and the unfortunate fact that we were the only guests. The wildlife was not as plentiful but the guide made the drives very enjoyable nontheless.

We identified the safari camps we wished to visit and made some of the other accommodation arrangements ourselves, but Expert Africa's Claire Scott was happy to talk through our proposals and offer alternatives for our consideration, and most importantly she made the travel arrangements to fit our plans as well as booking the safari camps and our overnight stays outside Lusaka, so that everything worked seemlessly. She also held our complicated international flight bookings longer than we imagined possible while we delayed fixing our dates due to difficulties finalising when we could visit the SOS Children's Villages. All the travel arrangements and connections went smoothly.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Own arrangements
5-Oct-2013 review: Lilongwe to Chipata
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
8-Oct-2013 review: Pioneer Camp
Own arrangements
9-Oct-2013 review: Chipata
Lion Camp, Zambia
11-Oct-2013 review: Wonderful Safari at Lion Camp
Puku Ridge, Zambia
14-Oct-2013 review: Puku Ridge safari