Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr and Miss S from Wimbledon, London


Wonderful safari in South Luangwa Park

On this trip, I visited Kenya & Zambia between 15-Oct-2017 and 28-Oct-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our second safari in South Luangwa Park, after an interval of 4 years. We knew the area to visit, relatively distant from the entrance to the Park, as the game is excellent but the game vehicles few so viewing is really good. With help from Expert Africa's Claire we chose 3 camps and they were all excellent. She encouraged us to include a small bush camp and we were pleased that she did as it was probably the best experience and our apprehension about the open air bathroom was misplaced as it was private and enclosed.

Claire was brilliant because she was able to change our three return flights after we had made our booking, to accommodate a private trip to/from Chipata that we had not been able to firm up initially. All our arrangements went smoothly other than delays caused by the airline - as she had provided the contact details of Expert Africa's ground agents in Nairobi we were able to phone and ensure they waited at the airport while our luggage was located.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
16-Oct-2017 review: Better than overnighting in a Lusake hotel
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
17-Oct-2017 review: Great guides and many leopard sightings
ExcellentExcellent
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
19-Oct-2017 review: Remote but comfortable camp
ExcellentExcellent
Tena Tena, Zambia
21-Oct-2017 review: Very comfortable and spacious tents
ExcellentExcellent
Eka Hotel, Kenya
26-Oct-2017 review: A modern hotel with quick access to airport
GoodGood

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:

ExcellentExcellent

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
GoodGood
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
8-Oct-2013 review: Pioneer Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Own arrangements
9-Oct-2013 review: Chipata
GoodGood
Lion Camp, Zambia
11-Oct-2013 review: Wonderful Safari at Lion Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Puku Ridge, Zambia
14-Oct-2013 review: Puku Ridge safari
GoodGood