Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs F from Ealing


Everything went to plan!

On this trip, I visited Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda & South Africa between 4-Jan-2016 and 5-Feb-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a complicated itinerary lasting just over a month and taking in everything from mountain gorillas in Rwanda to desert rhinos in Namibia.

Expert Africa lived up to their name and advised on the best itinerary, booked everything including most of the more important treks and tours, the guide in Rwanda and the self-drive 4x4 in Namibia and of course flights. We started with a thick book of vouchers with a lot of scope for things not to work. In the event every single booking worked perfectly, the itinerary was reasonably easy to keep to and we had an absolutely wonderful and memorable trip staying without exception at interesting and comfortable hotels and lodges.

Thanks again Tracy for organising it for us!.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
Just keep up the good work! We will be back!

It would be good to have more transparency on the costs of the trip - i.e. a breakdown of how the trip was costed so we knew the relative costs of different hotels and lodges. When reporting on the different places we stayed we were uncertain as to how their costs compared and clearly it is not reasonable to expect as much from low cost places as from the most expensive ones.

Lastly a small criticism of this feedback form is that there is no obvious way to navigate back to the beginning other than to click """"back to previous page"""" over and over again. The tabs on the left side bar don't seem to do anything. When two people are filling this in, as in our case, we needed to go backwards and forewords a few times. Otherwise it is a nice form to fill in.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ole-Sereni, Kenya
4-Jan-2016 review: overnight stay between flights
ExcellentExcellent
Kigali Serena Hotel, Rwanda
5-Jan-2016 review: Comfortable way to stay in Kigali
ExcellentExcellent
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Rwanda
6-Jan-2016 review: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent
Cormoran Lodge, Rwanda
9-Jan-2016 review: Comfortable Lodge in a beautiful setting
ExcellentExcellent
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, Rwanda
11-Jan-2016 review: Excellent base for visiting the gorillas
ExcellentExcellent
City Lodge OR Tambo, South Africa
15-Jan-2016 review: Convenient for overnighting at Jo'burg
ExcellentExcellent
Etango Ranch Guest Farm, Namibia
16-Jan-2016 review: A pleasant oasis near Windhoek Aiport
ExcellentExcellent
Waterberg Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
17-Jan-2016 review: Lived up to its name!
GoodGood
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
19-Jan-2016 review: On the rocks - literally!
ExcellentExcellent
Opuwo Country Lodge, Namibia
21-Jan-2016 review: An unexpected gem
ExcellentExcellent
Epupa Camp, Namibia
22-Jan-2016 review: Camped beside a torrent!
ExcellentExcellent
Opuwo Country Lodge, Namibia
24-Jan-2016 review: second visit
ExcellentExcellent
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
25-Jan-2016 review: A very special place!
ExcellentExcellent
Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Namibia
28-Jan-2016 review: Lovely setting
GoodGood
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
29-Jan-2016 review: An urban oasis
ExcellentExcellent
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
1-Feb-2016 review: Did not visit
ExcellentExcellent
Eningu Clayhouse, Namibia
3-Feb-2016 review: Remote but not too far from Windhoek airport
ExcellentExcellent

30 day tour of Namibia by 4x4

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 29-Dec-2013 and 28-Jan-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

In general this was perhaps one of the most enjoyable and spectacular holidays we have had. We know Namibia quite well so were partly revisiting places we had seen and liked before and partly filling in gaps to see places we had missed before. We were slightly concerned that we needed to maintain a complicated schedule, our trip totalled just short of 6000km and involved staying at 18 different places so there was obviously a worry about what would happen if for some reason we got behind schedule, but the planning was excellent (thank you Sabina) and everything went as planned without any difficulty. So we never found out what would happen if things went wrong! We felt sure in such a situation we would have been sorted out.

Expert Africa's information was excellent (brochure, website and specially prepared information).

We are very tempted to do similar trips with Expert Africa in future.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kalahari Arms Hotel, Botswana
31-Dec-2013 review: Convenient stop-over in Kalahari
AverageAverage
Nxamaseri Lodge, Botswana
1-Jan-2014 review: Civilisation in the middle of the swamps
ExcellentExcellent
Susuwe Island Lodge, Namibia
3-Jan-2014 review: Luxury in middle of a game reserve
ExcellentExcellent
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
4-Jan-2014 review: Excellent overnight stay
ExcellentExcellent
Hakusembe Lodge, Namibia
6-Jan-2014 review: Great views of Angola across the river
GoodGood
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
7-Jan-2014 review: An excellent stay near to Etosha
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
8-Jan-2014 review: A relatively large camp inside Etosha
AverageAverage
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
10-Jan-2014 review: Undoubtedly the high spot of our trip
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
13-Jan-2014 review: An unusual and scenic location
ExcellentExcellent
Terrace Bay, Namibia
14-Jan-2014 review: Now for something completely different
GoodGood
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
15-Jan-2014 review: Luxury in Swakopmund
ExcellentExcellent
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
18-Jan-2014 review: Comfortable accomodation in the wilderness
ExcellentExcellent
Eagle's Nest, Namibia
20-Jan-2014 review: Another scenic location
GoodGood
Nest Hotel, Namibia
21-Jan-2014 review: A pleasant hotel in an attractive location
ExcellentExcellent
Fish River Lodge, Namibia
23-Jan-2014 review: Perched on the edge
GoodGood
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
25-Jan-2014 review: A surprising place among red dunes
ExcellentExcellent
Galton House, Namibia
26-Jan-2014 review: Back to the real world
GoodGood