Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B from Witney


Excellent trip to Hwange

On this trip, I visited Zimbabwe between 25-Oct-2018 and 17-Nov-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

On our 3 week stay in Hwange our wish was to spend the maximum time game viewing. And this was what we got, from the moment we stepped off the aircraft at Manga airstrip until the time we left. Absolutely brilliant!

Expert Africa is very efficient and Tom took into account everything we wanted from the outset, spending some time to juggle things around to fit in with timings, availability and budget.

We were looking for small basic bush camps and the 4 camps we stayed in ranged from the more basic to those with slightly more comfort. Each provided their own unique experience, and even the more basic camps were extremely comfortable.

In a country that is currently experiencing a food and fuel shortage, it is unbelievable how these camps still manage to keep providing such an excellent service. And how they manage to provide such good food and in such quantities. We have both come back several pounds heavier!!

In all the camps, the staff were efficient and friendly and the guiding was exceptional. It was great to see that people living and working in that environment all the time are still so passionate about the wildlife around them. The available activities such as game drives, walks, and using the hides, gave a good variety, and made for an excellent experience with some extremely close encounters with the wildlife!

With all wildlife you can never guarantee what you will see, and it is very much dependent on time of year and weather conditions. Overall we had an abundant and excellent wildlife experience to make for a really great safari, and one we will never forget!

Apart from the wildlife survey list of species, we did see several other species that we would count as notable ‘sightings’, such as: some magnificent kudu, tortoise, honey badger, reedbuck, tsessebe, waterbuck, bat-eared fox, wild cat.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Jozibanini Camp, Zimbabwe
26-Oct-2018 review: A truly wild experience
ExcellentExcellent
Bomani Tented Lodge, Zimbabwe
1-Nov-2018 review: Great time at Bomani
ExcellentExcellent
Hwange Bush Camp, Zimbabwe
7-Nov-2018 review: Brilliant time at Hwange bush camp
ExcellentExcellent
Somalisa Expeditions, Zimbabwe
12-Nov-2018 review: Somalisa Expeditions: a lovely location
ExcellentExcellent

My October 2014 trip to Selous & Ruaha

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 1-Oct-2014 and 17-Oct-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our safari of 9 nights in Selous and 6 nights in Ruaha was a great experience from the initial contact with Expert Africa through to the safari itself! All transfers and connections worked well, and we enjoyed staying at Selous Impala Camp, Lake Manze and Mdonya Old River Camp equally as much even though they varied quite considerably with their own individuality.

We have been on many safaris over the years, both organized and independently, and this one has met all our expectations. It was good to be in a more remote area of Tanzania with a real feeling of being right in the bush with elephants brushing past your tent in the daytime and lions calling from right behind the tent a night!!

It was great to be able to maximize the amount of game viewing time, particularly at Mdonya Old River camp where there was the opportunity to go on full day game drives.

Staff in all of the camps were friendly and helpful, and we had excellent guides and drivers that contributed greatly to our safari experience.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Although we have been on many safaris over the years, this was our first time using Expert Africa. We were impressed by the service and prompt responses to the questions we had.

Thank you to James for suggestions to our initial plan of where to stay, and length of stay, and so making it a better safari experience for us.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
2-Oct-2014 review: Great experience
ExcellentExcellent
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
5-Oct-2014 review: Great safari at Lake Manzi
ExcellentExcellent
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
11-Oct-2014 review: Elephants on the doorstep
ExcellentExcellent