Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs J. from Wales
Botswana Anniversary Trip
On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 28-Jun-2014 and 16-Jul-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.
A magical trip combining the wonder of Victoria Falls with the splendour of the Okavango Delta.
Beautiful countries, friendly and welcoming people, amazing wildlife and superb service. What more could anyone want!
Thank you Megan for all your time spent advising, sharing, deliberating and finally, once all of our many questions had been addressed, organising such a smoothly run trip. Thank you also to Expert Africa for the copy of Bradt Botswana - essential reading before the journey, and to Nick and the team for rearranging our flights when our itinerary had to be changed due to illness.
We will certainly be recommending Expert Africa to all of our friends.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
I cannot think of anything to improve your service but here's a few pieces of information that could be useful :-
At the Waterberry Lodge it's Weaver that has the bath not Swallow.
Tipping is always a difficult and personal issue but we followed and appreciated your advice . However Wilderness Safaris suggest up to three times the amount per person per day for general staff - Chitabe/Chitabe Lediba's guidelines were $10 - $15 per guest per day and Xigera recommended $10 per guest per day. This left us in a quandary! Whilst their service is indeed excellent we found their suggested amount excessive given the already high cost of the stay.
I'd asked about availability of robes in camps prior to our trip and can now happily report back that the above three Wilderness camps all supplied cosy fleece dressing gowns for those chilly winter mornings!
The price of a private vehicle with Kwando does not include a private boat whereas with Wilderness it does.
I stayed at and have reviewed:
|Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, Zambia
29-Jun-2014 review: Friendly welcome at Waterberry Lodge
|Chitabe Camp, Botswana
1-Jul-2014 review: Superb service at Chitabe and Chitabe Lediba
|Tubu Tree Camp, Botswana
4-Jul-2014 review: Tubu Tree Camp
|Lagoon Camp, Botswana
7-Jul-2014 review: Underwhelmed with Lagoon Camp
|Little Kwara, Botswana
10-Jul-2014 review: Loved Little Kwara
13-Jul-2014 review: Chilling out at Xigera