Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr D & Mrs J from IOW

A memorable and interesting trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe between 7-Oct-2016 and 27-Oct-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


The arrangements generally worked clockwork and all the places we stayed were well worth visiting.

Apart from the mishaps in respect of the car (see earlier) the other thing worth mentioning is the problem of the border crossing from Botswana to Zimbabwe. We apparently arrived at a peak time, but queuing for over 2 hours in the sun to pay $55 dollars for a visa was infuriating - all the more so because it was obvious that virtually every transfer agent except ours had a special arrangement with the clerks issuing the visas.

We lost count of the number of times transfer agents would go to the front of the queue with wads of passports and forms. We were, literally, the last in the queue at the point we left, even though many people arrive after us. I'm not sure of the answer - probably either they should crack down on petty corruption or you should get a different agent?

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Waterberg Camp, Namibia
8-Oct-2016 review: Pretty good for a Govt camp, excellent game
Roys Restcamp, Namibia
10-Oct-2016 review: Very good stay
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
11-Oct-2016 review: A pleasant little camp
Nambwa Tented Lodge, Namibia
14-Oct-2016 review: A stunning tented camp, but so-so service
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
17-Oct-2016 review: A very good lodge
Gorges Lodge, Zimbabwe
20-Oct-2016 review: A lovely lodge, but little to do but relax
Camp Hwange, Zimbabwe
23-Oct-2016 review: Excellent
Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
26-Oct-2016 review: A fascinating place