Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr S & Ms H - Dublin


Another great holiday in wonderful Namibia

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 19-Sep-2016 and 7-Oct-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Thanks to Maruska who organised a great trip for us at very short notice. We had previously visitied Namibia 9 years earlier so chose to visits areas we hadn't been to before, going down to the Fish River Canyon and up to Bushmanland.

The whole range and variety of scenery across the country continues to be massively impressive, with many places to relax in remote areas looking across vast expanses of land.

Self driving is very easy (provided you don't forget your driving licence as I did, needing to courier it out!). We took a 4x4 this time which realistically we only needed (but then certainly did) in 3 or 4 locations.

Tourism has clearly grown a lot in the last few years - we saw many more tourists driving on the roads compared to 9 years ago. The country still feels very safe (albeit there are now warnings in some major towns with regard to petty theft).

The Namibian people continue to be warm and friendly but we did notice a significant reduction in the interest of guides to ensure we had a great experience - many seemed to have lost some interest in the job. This may have been because we were in less visited areas or a dfference between the South and North of the country.

Still a fabulous country to visit.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No improvements - Maruska was fabulous (again)

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
River Crossing, Namibia
19-Sep-2016 review: Ok basic place to stay close to the airport
AverageAverage
Kalahari Anib Lodge, Namibia
20-Sep-2016 review: Good stop on way down South
GoodGood
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
21-Sep-2016 review: Good base for visiting the Canbyon area
GoodGood
Nest Hotel, Namibia
23-Sep-2016 review: Better than expected hotel
GoodGood
Desert Horse Inn, Namibia
24-Sep-2016 review: Friendly, homely place to stay
GoodGood
Wolwedans Boulders Camp, Namibia
25-Sep-2016 review: Fabulous location and upmarket small camp
GoodGood
Wolwedans Dune Camp, Namibia
26-Sep-2016 review: A further great location let down by staff
GoodGood
Barchan Dune Retreat, Namibia
28-Sep-2016 review: Retreat is just the right name for this place
GoodGood
Hohenstein Lodge, Namibia
30-Sep-2016 review: OK place to stay as a stopover
GoodGood
Ghaub Guest Farm, Namibia
1-Oct-2016 review: Comfortable and enjoyable stopover
GoodGood
Nhoma Camp, Namibia
2-Oct-2016 review: Great experience to visit the bushmen
GoodGood
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
4-Oct-2016 review: Very wel run and informative centre
ExcellentExcellent
Galton House, Namibia
6-Oct-2016 review: Comfortable place for a night in Windhoek
GoodGood

Rwanda and Zambia - September 2014

On this trip, I visited Kenya, Rwanda & Zambia between 4-Sep-2014 and 21-Sep-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Once again expert Africa delivered all that they promised. Our holiday was varied and exciting. Everyone we met made us feel welcome and ensured that our trip was comfortable and safe.

Maruska is excellent. She has great listening skills and an ability to match our desired trip with the Expert Africa offering superbly. Her advice was essential in helping us plan our holiday and the selection she recommended worked well.

Thanks also to Ellie and Chris for their advice on photography and to Ellie for handling our final arrangements.

Primate Safaris - especially Simba - was great in Rwanda. The agent in Kenya was not good and left us waiting at Nairobi airport for a long time when he was due to meet us. Remote Africa run a fabulous, family operation. And Shiwa N'gandu is a quite extraordinary and memorable experience.

The wildlife and experience lived up to all our expectations. The guides and hosts we met as we went around made the holiday for us, providing us with real insights to life in Rwanda and Zambia.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Macushla House, Kenya
4-Sep-2014 review: Comfortable small hotel in the Karen suburb
GoodGood
Hotel des Mille Collines, Rwanda
5-Sep-2014 review: Good quality hotel with quality restaurant
GoodGood
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, Rwanda
6-Sep-2014 review: Very good base for gorilla trekking
ExcellentExcellent
Ole-Sereni, Kenya
8-Sep-2014 review: Ok hotel for overnight connection at NBO
GoodGood
Flatdogs Camp, Zambia
9-Sep-2014 review: Very good camp with great facilities
ExcellentExcellent
Chikoko Tree Camp, Zambia
11-Sep-2014 review: Fabulous experience at Chikoko trail camp
ExcellentExcellent
Crocodile Bushcamp, Zambia
13-Sep-2014 review: Great camp but less animals to view
GoodGood
Tafika, Zambia
14-Sep-2014 review: Great family run camp with top class guiding
ExcellentExcellent
Shiwa Ng'andu, Zambia
18-Sep-2014 review: Remarkable experience - well worth it
ExcellentExcellent

Fabulous trip, Expert Africa made it

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 18-Jul-2007 and 8-Aug-2007 and I travelled with 3 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Fabulous trip and we were looked after extremely well by Expert Africa - they truly know the countries and say when they don't.

Maruska recommended exactly the type of accomodation we wanted and suggested a great mix of differing experiences. We were delighted in particular that she recommended Etendeka to us - just wish we could have stayed longer.

And the Mokoro Trail in the Okavanga is out of this world

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
19-Jul-2007 review: Comfortable base to start trip from Windhoek
GoodGood
Sea Breeze Guesthouse, Namibia
22-Jul-2007 review: Comfortable B&B just outside Windhoek
AverageAverage
Doro Nawas, Namibia
24-Jul-2007 review: Good Wilderness camp but less friendly
GoodGood
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
25-Jul-2007 review: Must Stay location - fabulous
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
27-Jul-2007 review: Good base to visit Etosha
AverageAverage
Halali Camp, Namibia
29-Jul-2007 review: OK lodge in goodlocation
AverageAverage
Roys Restcamp, Namibia
31-Jul-2007 review: Ok stopping point acroos from Etosha
AverageAverage
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
1-Aug-2007 review: Great lodge in nice location next to the rive
GoodGood
Marinas Camp, Botswana
3-Aug-2007 review: Small B&B outside Maun but run down
AverageAverage
Pom Pom Camp, Botswana
6-Aug-2007 review: Pom Pom review
AverageAverage