Travel reviews by Mrs M from Appledore
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Jul 2022 trip
Zambia between 10 Jul 2022 and 22 Jul 2022
Discovered from fellow passengers that there was and would much rather have travelled straight on for an extra night in the park.
I appreciated the personal service and being kept up to date during the two years since my trip was first booked. Trying times for everyone, I know."
Arranged By Claire Scott
"Latitude 15 review"
Thrilled to be woken at 3.00 by a heavy breathing elephant outside my room which went on to vandalise a nearby tree. And the loud harrumphs of hippos. So good to be back."
Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Safari Camp
"Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Safari Camp review"
The staff organised fishing trips during siesta for the keen fishermen in the group and surprised me completely by celebrating my birthday (which I thought I’d kept a well guarded secret) with a serenade and a chocolate cake with candles specially baked by Alfred.
We were so well looked after."
The views across the river are breathtaking and it was lovely to spend the siesta hour in the hide or in the armchair on the bank watching the families of elephants, large and tiny, making their way across.
The only thing missing was the tree frog I was accustomed to having in my shower."
My Nov 2019 trip
Zambia between 17 Nov 2019 and 29 Dec 2019
It was a shame that the outward journey was complicated by the failure of the Emirates flight on which I'd been re-booked to take off on the evening of Nov 17th, which meant missed connections and a night in Lusaka and missing two nights in the park. But thanks to Amanda for managing the changes and keeping me informed, and for looking into the possibility of changing my final flight home."
Arranged By Amanda Bond
"My night at Nsefu"
Unfortunately because of the problems with my flights from London I missed my first two nights there and only arrived late on the third night. A small consolation was spotting a very fine leopard and a honey badger on the drive in. We left early next morning to transfer to Luangwa Safari House so it was a sadly fleeting visit. The transfer drive was good and I include the game sightings below."
Luangwa Safari House
"Carnivore Week at Luangwa Safari House"
There were bats roosting in the bathroom and I enjoyed their comings and goings and the knowledge that they were keeping the mosquitoes down in number. There was a good feeling of being relaxed and at home in the house and the staff were always on hand to deal with my needs before I knew I had them.
The rains began in earnest towards the end of the week so less time was spent outside round the pool but the house is so open and airy that there was never a sense of being shut in by the weather.
RPS - Carnivore Week with the Zambian Carnivore Project
Amongst the alpha predators
It was a privilege to be able to see the work of ZCP for the second time. The use of satellite tracking collars was new since my last visit and it was interesting what a difference it made to being able to pinpoint the animals.
The presentation on Day 1 was professional and informative and the ZCP team, especially Thandi, were very generous with their time. I worried, though, that there was too much of their valuable time spent coming with us to make sure we got to see the lions and dogs. I had expected that they would go about their usual work and would let us come along and observe. But so saying it was a very special experience being able to listen to them talk about their work and their intimate knowledge of the packs and prides in South Luangwa and Zambia's other parks.
Jonah our guide treated us to some very accomplished off-road driving to locate the lions and dogs and was managed the inevitable punctures and getting stuck in the mud competence and good humour. Altogether an exciting and educational week."
August in Africa
Zambia between 5 Aug 2018 and 2 Sep 2018
This was confusing and time-wasting until we figured it out."
"sadly only overnight"
It's like a homecoming"
Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Safari Camp
"A Walk on the Wild Side"
It's a magical way to experience the park, learning about its smallest inhabitants like termites and ant lions and praying mantis. (could have done without the tsetse flies though) and its largest. We tracked lions and skirted respectfully round elephants and buffalo and were briefly experts on dung and tracks.
The team back at camp hosted by ever-hospitable Michael looked after our every need. I look forward to next time."
"A perfect finale"
The banana boat ride to the landing, being in the same room as my last stay, watching the elephant and giraffe in stately procession through the river: familiar but exciting as ever.
Chilumba went out of his way to find us the mother leopard and her cub, and the local lions, as well as introducing me to birds I hadn't seen before.
Sad to leave as always."
Christmas in Kenya
Kenya between 22 Dec 2016 and 1 Jan 2017
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
No: I'll be very happy to travel with you again."
"Overnight at Emakoko"
A good start to the holiday."
"Cosseted at Laikipia."
"Lvely location by the river"
Kicheche Bush Camp
"Best camp of my stay"
it was interesting having photographers, professional and keen amateurs, in the camp, and to be allowed to look over their shoulders in the evening to watch them processing the days' shots. Tempts me to do a trip with Paul Goldstein and improve my holiday pics."
The pillow cases were frayed, two of the towels had old stains and the sealant in the shower was cracking.
None of this seriously diminished my stay: just felt some freshening up might be in order"