Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Ms L from Leeds


A wonderful experience

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia, South Africa & Zambia between 3-Sep-2015 and 1-Oct-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Now we have had our holiday I feel I understand what I would do next time.

It was all a wonderful experience. Firstly I must put a word in for Mack Air as there didn't seem to be anywhere to put that. We were concerned and a bit anxious about the small flights but the service and professionalism from the pilots was excellent and made the whole experience fine.

All the places we booked were good, each different and interesting. Of course not having been to Africa before or been on a safari holiday before it is difficult to understand what it is going to be like even though we read all the information and listened to all the advice there is nothing like the experience of actually being there.

In no particular order we felt that the camps in Botswana seemed more geared up to 2 night stays and in fact 2 nights felt perfectly fine though before we went I thought 2 nights might feel a bit tight. In fact sometimes our 3 night stays felt as if the guides were looking for things to do. I loved Botswana, particularly the Okavanga Delta and would go back there.

Though we were a bit concerned about driving ourselves round Namibia as 2 women on our own in our late 50s and 60s, in fact it was very easy. We loved Cape Cross and Walvis Bay, both fine for 1 night stays. I would want to stay 2 nights in Okonjima in the Bush camp, a very pleasant place to stay. It was me who insisted on staying in Okaukeujo and it was fine though I think if I was advising someone else I would suggest somewhere smaller with better food.

I also would not go back to the Zambezi Sun, it was the only place we were disappointed with. Everyone is different but we both realised how important a breakfast and dinner view is for us and a view of the Zambezi rather than corporate hospitality is worth paying for.

We loved South Africa and will probably go back there sometime. All in all we loved it and love Africa, it is like no other place I've ever been to.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I cant think of anything. My sister and I did talk about how difficult it must be to advise people on where to stay and where to go. You did really well so thank you. The only thing that might have helped us not go to the Zambezi Sun was either us telling you the sort of hotel we usually stay in when we travel or you asking.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Victoria & Alfred Hotel, South Africa
4-Sep-2015 review: The best location for a short stay
ExcellentExcellent
Bamboo Guest House
6-Sep-2015 review: A fine location and good service
ExcellentExcellent
Akademie
7-Sep-2015 review: Good location and excellent service
ExcellentExcellent
River Crossing, Namibia
9-Sep-2015 review: Good location for the airport
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kulala, Namibia
10-Sep-2015 review: A desert gem
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Lodge, Namibia
12-Sep-2015 review: Good location opposite the flamingos
ExcellentExcellent
Cape Cross Lodge, Namibia
13-Sep-2015 review: Isolated but a great stay
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
14-Sep-2015 review: A Mad Max desert experience
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
16-Sep-2015 review: Wonderful wildlife
GoodGood
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
19-Sep-2015 review: A wonderful upgrade to the Bush Camp
ExcellentExcellent
River Crossing, Namibia
20-Sep-2015 review: Good location, bad food
AverageAverage
Avani Victoria Falls, Zambia
21-Sep-2015 review: Average stay in a rather corporate hotel
ExcellentExcellent
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
23-Sep-2015 review: Wonderful views at Muchenje Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Selinda Explorers Camp, Botswana
25-Sep-2015 review: Beautiful location
ExcellentExcellent
Kwara Camp, Botswana
28-Sep-2015 review: Great location
ExcellentExcellent
Excursion Overall rating
Kayaking with seals, Namibia
13-Sep-2015 review: A wonderful experience
ExcellentExcellent