Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr L Chequer from UK

Let's go back!

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 6-Sep-2007 and 25-Sep-2007 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Owner-run camps are far superior to the Wilderness camps, for the most part (Lufupa excepted).

Expert Africa should work harder to promote the smaller camps which have invested so much in providing and further developing outstanding experiences for their guests. I would hate to see them pushed out by the larger international operations. The tsetse fly situation came close to ruining our visit in a couple of places.

You really should do more to warn visitors of their presence. People should not be subjected to long drives at tree line or in forests during peak fly times of day. Mosi Beer lived up to expectations, though! Would be happy to discuss our visit with Anna in more detail.

Finally, we would like to thank the people in Expert Africa for all of the help that has been provided for us. Anna has been a real source of good and reliable information and has come up with lots of suggestions which made our trip special. She has gone that extra bit to ensure that everything came out well and all of the bits were in place. I am sure that there were times when we were real pains, but we never knew it from Anna. With people like her, I'm sure that your organisation will continue its run of success.

Feedback response

We're very heartened by some aspects of the comments here, and have clearly noted all of them!

What Expert Africa does is all about offering our travellers a wide range of well-informed choices. We do our very best to research in detail, and to seek out the top camps in Africa's most interesting areas – whether they’re marketed well or not. We go and see them for ourselves, judge for ourselves, and then offer the choices as impartially as we can to our travellers, offering views based on our personal experiences.

Most of the team here share a special liking for small safari camps run by their owners, as we find that they can bring an individuality and a passion to the game experience that’s hard to beat. Kaingo and Mwamba are great examples of this kind of small, owner-run camps – and camps don’t come much smaller (or food much better!) than you’ll find at Kutandala.

That said, some areas of Africa are exceedingly difficult to operate in, very expensive, or just sometimes there simply aren’t any owner-operated camps! The Busanga Plains area of Northern Kafue is a case in point: there Wilderness Safaris are really the only company to have permanent camps.

Wilderness are big enough to handle the logistics of this area (where few others could), and have the resources to be capable of protecting the area better than any smaller operations could ever hope to. So for that reason – and the fact that many travellers enjoy their consistent style of their more luxurious camps – we’re happy to offer them as a choice for our travellers also.

It is, we believe, all about us helping our travellers to be well-informed about all the choices that you make when you’re deciding on a safari to Africa - but it's not about choosing the camps for you!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Shumba Camp, Zambia
7-Sep-2007 review: Facilities way over the top, Activities?
Lunga River Lodge, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
7-Sep-2007 review: good locaton, cooking and very good guide
Lufupa Tented Camp, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
10-Sep-2007 review: Lufupa comments
Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Zambia
12-Sep-2007 review: Posh but lacking in some areas
Kutandala Camp, Zambia (this camp has since closed)
13-Sep-2007 review: Magic! Top-notch guiding; chef incredible!
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
17-Sep-2007 review: A 'must return' camp!
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
19-Sep-2007 review: What a great little gem in the bush!
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
22-Sep-2007 review: See previous notes
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
23-Sep-2007 review: see previous