Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr D from Parker

Southern Africa trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia, South Africa & Zambia between 25-Apr-2014 and 10-May-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Overall our trip was excellent. Only glitches were a missing extra spare tire in Namibib and they guy in Livingstone who was to meet us ran off with another couple. Thanks to a great airport travel desk guy, he sorted it out and matched us with the person we needed.

The Expert Africa folks we dealt with were uniformly very good to excellent. There were some delays in feedback during the planning process which we noted but overall very good. Quick feedback during the planning process is critical to us as we are comparing ideas and proposals from more than one company and we need to hear from everyone.

For this trip we spoke to three different folks--Nick, Sabina and one other. Next time I would spend more time in conversation with each of them and would better understand our itinerary options. There is only so much I retain from web sites and travel books.

We also want to find places in Botswana with animals. That was the big surprise for this trip. Our East Africa trips have spoiled us and shaped our expectations for game viewing.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Central Guest House, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
25-Apr-2014 review: Central Guest House review
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
28-Apr-2014 review: Kulala Desert Lodge
Vineyard Hotel, South Africa
30-Apr-2014 review: Vineyard Hotel
The Last Word Franschhoek, South Africa
2-May-2014 review: The Last Word Franschoek
Hotel Verde
3-May-2014 review: Hotel Verde
Kwara Camp, Botswana
4-May-2014 review: Kwara Camp
Lebala Camp, Botswana
6-May-2014 review: Lebala Camp review
Baines' Camp, Botswana
8-May-2014 review: Baines' Camp review
Avani Victoria Falls, Zambia
10-May-2014 review: Zambezi Sun review