Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs S from Oxon


Our September 2019 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 17-Sep-2019 and 2-Oct-2019 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Ever since our first trip in 2015 I have said "This is the best trip ever." I say it every year and 2019 did not disappoint.

It was very interesting going at a different time of year. We loved seeing the trees in flower and were surprised by how green the park was in late September. The wildlife was much more concentrated around the river compared to May/June. We had never seen so many lions before nor so many carcasses. Birding was good but many of the birds were much higher up in the trees than on previous visits - presumably because there were fewer seeds on the ground. Tree frogs and insect life were less evident on this visit. The exception being the tsetse flies. However they were not a problem on most of the game drives. They just a issue in certain areas of the park.

Special thanks should go to the chefs and kitchen staff at all three Robin Pope camps. There were plenty of options for breakfast including porridge (proper cut oats none of your rolled oats or instant stuff). Amazing lunches with such a refreshing array of salads. And delicious evening meals. Not forgetting the afternoon homemade cakes and biscuits (forget the Great British Bake Off - we have the winners in South Luangwa!). A wonderful variety of nibbles that were provided at sundowner time plus more surprises on the bar when we returned from our evening drives. We also need to mention the huge variety of home made bread and rolls that were served!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Once again Tour Africa staff were there at Lusaka Airport to welcome us and assist with transfers. They also helped with our departure flights.

Freddie Sutton was responded to our initial enquiry and Claire Scott was responsible for completing all the final details. Both of them were great to deal with and responded promptly and efficiently.

We are already planning next year's trip. Thanks Robin Pope Safaris. Thanks Expert Africa.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Keep up the good work!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
18-Sep-2019 review: Pioneer Camp review
GoodGood
Luangwa River Camp, Zambia
19-Sep-2019 review: Luangwa River Camp Review
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
22-Sep-2019 review: Nkwali Review
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
26-Sep-2019 review: Nsefu Review
ExcellentExcellent

Zambia just keeps on getting better & better!

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 14-May-2018 and 29-May-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This is our fourth trip to Zambia staying at Robin Pope camps and the experience just keeps on getting better & better! Everything ran smoothly from the moment I contacted Freddie to our return flight home. (Even the Emirates emergency cancellation was well managed). The Tour Africa staff at Lusaka airport were there waiting for us at the beginning of our trip and available to help when we flew home. They provided a great service.

The staff at Robin Pope Safaris are fantastic - they looked after us so well. I only hope that the new owners fully appreciate what a good job they are all doing and that they are able to retain such experienced and professional staff. We hope to return next year.

Thank you Expert Africa for making it all possible.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

A full set of wildlife guide books would be useful at Nkwali - there are a few - but birds, insects and reptiles were missing.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
15-May-2018 review: Good stop-over
GoodGood
Luangwa River Camp, Zambia
16-May-2018 review: Well managed camp set in woodland
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
19-May-2018 review: We love it here!
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
23-May-2018 review: Our favourite camp
ExcellentExcellent

Namibia made easy!

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 9-Nov-2017 and 30-Nov-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Thanks to Josh for all his advice and support - especially for persisting in persuading us to hire a vehicle with higher ground clearance. This decision made the travelling more enjoyable. We probably could have managed in a standard car, as on previous trips, but life was a lot easier not having to think about the underside of the car! This was particularly important on some of the tracks leading to the lodges. Thanks also for all the emails keeping us up to date and for all the paperwork.

In previous trips to Namibia we had booked everything ourselves: flights, car hire and accommodation. It was great to be relieved of these tasks and to know that Expert Africa staff had visited and reviewed all the accommodation. The voucher system worked well and there were no unpleasant surprises apart from Bagatelle.

Eningu and Erongo remain our favourite lodges. Bullsport is the best place for varied walking and the Cornerstone Guesthouse gets "the attention to detail" prize. The staff at Cape Cross Lodge deserve special commendation for being so helpful and friendly. Thanks again to Expert Africa for yet another great holiday in Africa.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Keep up the good work!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Eningu Clayhouse, Namibia
10-Nov-2017 review: It was lovely to return to this lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
12-Nov-2017 review: Bagatelle - very disappointing
PoorPoor
BullsPort Lodge & Farm, Namibia
14-Nov-2017 review: Great location for independent walking
GoodGood
Lagoon Lodge, Namibia
18-Nov-2017 review: Well located lodge
GoodGood
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
20-Nov-2017 review: Perfect attention to detail
ExcellentExcellent
Cape Cross Lodge, Namibia
23-Nov-2017 review: Remote location with great staff
ExcellentExcellent
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
25-Nov-2017 review: Beautiful location
ExcellentExcellent
Immanuel Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
28-Nov-2017 review: Sadly no longer a wilderness
GoodGood
Excursion Overall rating
Desert tour, Namibia
21-Nov-2017 review: Great day out with Bruno
ExcellentExcellent

My May 2017 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 14-May-2017 and 28-May-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This is our third trip to Zambia with Expert Africa using Robin Pope Safaris. We enjoyed this trip just as much as the previous two.

Everything ran smoothly and we hope to repeat it next year.

Thank you Freddie especially for helping us to keep the costs within budget.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
14-May-2017 review: Pioneer Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Luangwa River Camp, Zambia
15-May-2017 review: Our first visit to Luangwa River Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
19-May-2017 review: Nkwali - our third visit
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
23-May-2017 review: Nsefu - our favourite location
ExcellentExcellent

Just as good as last year's trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 18-Jun-2016 and 30-Jun-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This holiday is virtually identical to the one we took in 2015. In last year's review we said that we had had the best holiday in over 40 years of travelling. This year's visit was at least as good if not better!

We continue to be very impressed by the quality of everything provided by Robin Pope Safaris. We would also like to mention the Tour Africa agents at Lusaka Airport. They met us and looked after us ensuring that our arrival and departure went smoothly for both domestic and international flights.

All of our holiday arrangements were made possible by Freddie Sutton at Expert Africa. Very many thanks.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
19-Jun-2016 review: Ideal stopover near airport
GoodGood
Nkwali, Zambia
20-Jun-2016 review: Nkwali review
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
25-Jun-2016 review: Nsefu review
ExcellentExcellent

Thank you for a wonderful holiday

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 14-May-2015 and 26-May-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This is the best holiday that we have ever had in 40+ years of travelling.

Expert Africa gave a good range of camp options in Zambia. We watched their videos on Youtube. There was footage about each camp in South Luangwa and this was very helpful to us in making our selection. Robin Pope's website was also extremely useful because it showed how we could make the trip more economical by benefitting from the green season rate and the long stay discount.

Freddie was very helpful over the phone and prompt with his emails. Although there were a couple of mistakes these were quickly rectified.

The local agents at Lusaka Airport (Tour Africa) were very helpful and attentive. We were impressed by the service they provided.

Robin Pope Safaris were outstanding in every way.

We hope to book another holiday with Expert Africa and Robin Pope Safaris in 2016.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
15-May-2015 review: Good stop over in Lusaka
GoodGood
Nkwali, Zambia
16-May-2015 review: Can't wait to return!
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
22-May-2015 review: Beautiful location
ExcellentExcellent