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Travel reviews by Bridget from UK

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

3

Excursions taken

0

Zambia

Zambia between 1 May 2015 and 12 May 2015

Trip rating: Excellent
"This was the best safari we have done, the choice of camps and their location we ideal. I took your advice and was 100% satisfied.

I am well aware that I do not suffer fools gladly and it is a chance one has to take on this type of holiday; the camp staff were very understanding and accommodated us to the best of their abilities.

I will ask you to suggest another holiday for us next year with a few stipulations: luxury, great guides, near a river (we like the option of boat trips for birdwatching) and NO COMMUNAL DINING. Many thanks for a memorable trip."

Feedback response

We are delighted that these travellers enjoyed their safari and we look forward to planning the next one. Had we realised their aversion to communal dining prior to their trip we would have planned accordingly, by either requesting in advance for private dining at these camps or by suggesting places that do not have communal dining at all. We certainly know for their next trip.

As with all the traveller feedback we have on the website, the views expressed here are those of our travellers based on their own personal experiences.


Chinzombo

Chinzombo

"excellent until appalling american arrived!"

3 nights Arrived 2 May 2015
"the camp ,guides, location and food are excellent, the staff were attentive and professional but were unfortunately extremly harassed by the arrival of an american who made their lives very difficult, he complained about everything, the food ,the guides the lack of privacy ....pages of complaints. Unfortunately once he had recovered from food poisoning, which he accused Chinzombo of giving him, he came on the last game drives with us. It is difficult to describe how such a vulgar man can get away with such behaviour, but he ordered the guides and staff around with total lack of courtesy and manners, they were in an impossible position as he kept reminding them that he had paid a lot of money for this safari and he wasn't getting his moneys worth. The poor staff at the camp were very afraid that his threats to put his opinions on trip adviser would jeopardise their jobs. However we had a super time especially after I had the satisfaction of telling him a selection of home truths!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp

"lived up to expectations"

4 nights Arrived 5 May 2016
"Super camp , really fantastic guides and very helpful staff. Two comments,,,,,the first is my husband and I both hate communal dining, we didn't realise how much until we met an Antipodean couple who reinforced our gratitude to our ancestors who sent certain people to the colonies. The female of the species was "inebriated by her own verbosity" to the extent that she "delighted" the whole table with her opinions and experiences that at 9,0 the rest of us were waiting for her to even start her soup (we had all finished) she was so assured of her captivating personality.

The staff were dying to serve the meal and go to bed but "Rayleen" went on and on and on.....In the end my husband and I just left the table and abandoned the meal,. The second niggle was that we were told the evening meal was at 8, approx. One couple did not return until 8.45 and the rest of us had to wait. This is unacceptable, far too late to eat and get up at 5.30 in the morning , one did that at university, but not now!

To be fair once we had told the camp .manager of this they accommodated us, no problem, I do not want to give the impression that we wanted exclusivity, we are perfectly happy to dine at a reasonable time with the guides and/or the staff but some of our fellow travellers have an intellectual capacity below that of the animals we are observing, we have to accept their presence on the game drives but dining with them as well is purgatory!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Royal Livingstone Hotel

Royal Livingstone Hotel

"royal livingstone"

3 nights Arrived 9 May 2016
"I had a really terrific food poisoning, probably attributed to a prawn ciabbata sandwich eaten on the first day. God bless imodium, ciprofloxacillin and dioralyte! Someone in the kitchen isn't washing their hands, my husband was ok but at one point I was concerned about how to get to the flights!

Food is not as good as it used to be last time we were there. The suite was brilliant, we were so grateful for it especially when I was ill."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Average

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