Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs H from W. Sussex
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Our Sep 2022 trip to Zambia and Malawi
Zambia and 1 other country between 15 Sep 2022 and 30 Sep 2022
Thanks again. X"
Arranged By Lucy Copson
Radisson Blu Hotel
"Radisson Blu Hotel review"
"Flatdogs Camp review"
Our guide Joffre was excellent and we particularly liked his friendly manner combined with excellent knowledge.
Flat dogs was our busiest camp with about 34 guests but we still had small guided tours and never felt we lacked attention.
I particularly liked the huge range of choice in the menu and all food was delicious.
Our tent was in a good position overlooking the river and had everything we needed.
A big highlight was the elephants walking through the camp every day.
The pools looked like they could do with better cleaning, slightly green and murky."
Luangwa River Camp
"Luangwa River Camp review"
Hippos were very noisy at night and even munched right outside the tent at night."
"Tena Tena review"
The tent had everything we needed including cotton kikois which were essential to drape over us wet in the afternoon when it was at least 38°C
Unfortunately it also had a large array of midges, mosquitos and big spiders in the tent on our first night. We discovered the insect spray wasn't working so guess it hadn't been used for a while!. I got a lot of bites here."
Food was generally very good though the chef seemed to like adding olives to a lot of dishes! The only disappointment was one starter which we left as it was an olive brushetta rather than tomatoes we were expecting. This was a shame as on that particular evening a table had been set aside with candles etc for us for a romantic meal.
I think it would be an improvement to have a choice of 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts rather than just a choice of main course.
We could relax and enjoy the facilities including kayaking and learning how to paddle board and especially enjoyed the snorkelling trip to to see the cichlid fish. Altogether a wonderful four days."
"Latitude 13 review"
Fantastic Namibia trip
Namibia and 2 other countries between 4 Aug 2016 and 20 Aug 2016
Our thanks go to Sabina for all her patience and help in putting our trip together. We have got some wonderful photographs and memories from this trip to treasure. Thanks again.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
Not really, we think you guys do a great job and we have no hesitation in telling people considering Namibia as a destination to speak to you."
"Great place for first night in Windhoek"
Comfortable rooms and friendly hosts, ideal for the first night in preparation for the driving to come."
Okonjima Bush Camp
Saw Shanti twice, a leopard my wife had sponsored 2 years ago, as well as seeing a rare pangolin. A great way to start our Namibia trip."
Hakusembe River Lodge
"Very good place to relax after long drive"
Food was buffet style largely with good choices.
Road off the B8 before Rundu is now the B10 and is fully tarred. Hakusembe is signposted off the B10 onto a gravel road."
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
"Another great location"
We also enjoyed the sundowner cruise here and saw our first snake - a Western African Green Snake.
The owners dog was lovely as well!"
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge
"This is a 'must visit' place!"
We opted for the Combo activity, comprising game drive and river cruise. On the game drive we came across 5 lions after a kill, and on the river our boat was charged at by a hippo!! All very exciting, but safe!
Apart from one meal where the vegetables were cold the food was excellent. We would suggest that anyone going to this area should make a point of staying here, it's just fabulous."
"Good, but not great"
The activities consisted of the same thing - trips in the tender boat up and down the river. We saw lots of elephants and hippo, water monitors and birds, though we felt it was all a bit of the same each time, and we seemed to spend ages just going slowly next to reeds. Most of the water activity involved the tender boats whereas we had thought we'd be cruising up and down on the main boat.
The plunge pool seemed to be filled with brown river water rather than clear water and as a result nobody got in despite the heat, which was a pity and didn't match up to the images of clean clear water on their website.
Food was OK but had the feel of microwaved pub food you get in the UK. The staff were perfectly nice and friendly though we felt they didn't go out of their way to make sure we had a good time as much as other lodges. It was still a good experience but in our opinion we would only do this once."
Avani Victoria Falls
"Great place to finish our trip"
Food was good and served buffet style with plenty of choice, and our room was equally good. We would stay here again if coming back to Victoria Falls."
We hoped it would be good - it was stunning!
Namibia between 1 Aug 2014 and 16 Aug 2014
Only negative was Johannesburg airport on the return journey. Their concept of customer service is negative as far as getting people through Passport Control and Security as quickly as possible. We made our flight with about 5 minutes to spare.
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Cannot fault Expert Africa - Sabina in particular. You guys have been superb.
We'll be re-booking in 2 years time - finances permitting! We have to return to Okonjima and see how our Leopard is getting on!"
"Pleasant enough for first night in Namibia"
Food of good standard and room spacious and comfortable. Did hear that this was part of a group and other Lodges in the group had been sold off. Would imagine River Crossing could be on the market as well."
BullsPort Lodge and Farm
"Quiver Tree Gorge Hike is a must"
Our room was excellent, food good and the hosts very pleasant. Quiver Tree Gorge hike was really enjoyable seeing Mountain Zebra, Kudu, Dassies, Klipspringers, Dijk-Dijk and Baboons. Fortunately no sign of Amanda the Spitting Cobra!"
Hoodia Desert Lodge
Food was very good, but not quite excellent. Some people may think that a little harsh but when you visit a place like Hoodia where pretty much everything is excellent, but that was our opinion."
"Friendly and welcoming"
However we may well have enjoyed staying at Walvis Bay more as that was where we kayaked with seals - great fun! My wife also had one of the best meals of our trip there in a restaurant called Anchors Aweigh - fantastic Prawns & Wings!
Whilst here, Expert Africa organised a Kayaking at Pelican Point trip. They commented:
We were really glad we did this trip. Well organised by Jeanne who very quickly after send us emails and videos of our time in the water with the seals.
Thoroughly recommend this trip and would say you need to book in advance with Jeanne as her trip is by far and away the best. 3 others offer a similar thing and we spoke to a Dutch family who went with one of the others and whilst enjoying what they did, they didn't get Jeanne's personal touch."
Kayaking with seals
7 Aug 2014 • Morning excursion
Thoroughly recommend this trip and would say you need to book in advance with Jeanne as her trip is by far and away the best. 3 others offer a similar thing and we spoke to a Dutch family who went with one of the others and whilst enjoying what they did, they didn't get Jeanne's personal touch.
"Must learn !Click language"
Don't miss this Lodge is our opinion, if it's cold they'll put hot water bottles in your bed. This touch certainly appealed to my wife so 10 out of 10 was always going to be their score from us!"
Etosha Safari Lodge
"Good for 1 night"
"Floodlit Waterhole absolutely brilliant"
The waterhole was fantastic. We counted 32 elephants including 4 calves there just before we went to bed. We also saw 5 or 6 rhino come and go and a leopard ambush a jackal, not to mention, numerous giraffe, zebra, springbok etc."
Mushara Bush Camp
"Great feel to the place"
Room was a tent plus walled rear area accommodating the WC and shower. Another place where hot water bottles were put in our beds!
Warthogs on the lawn - what more could you ask for!"
Okonjima Plains Camp
"We have to return!"
They provided us with a bottle of Champagne to celebrate our anniversary which was a lovely touch. Our room had a great view out over the plain with hills in the distance, and Warthogs, Oryx and Impala in sight. In fact our room was stunningly spacious.
We have to return as we have adopted a Leopard - 2 years time all being well."