Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Lovers of Africa from UK

Botswana and Zambia, May 2016

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 3-May-2016 and 18-May-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


This was a much anticipated and long-awaited trip, and undoubtedly our most expensive holiday to date, but it probably exceeded our expectations. We appreciated the Botswanan approach to tourism (high income, low volume) which we believe preserves the "goose that lays the golden eggs" - the richness of its wildlife and the distinctive personal nature of its camps. We loved the variety of terrain, accommodation and wildlife that we experienced, which was what I had requested when we first started discussing the itinerary.

We chose Expert Africa because of its intimate knowledge of the area, and I appreciated the personal information and advice I received from Lucy, who obviously travels regularly to Botswana and could talk to me about the camps from her personal experience. All the arrangements worked like clockwork and so we could just relax and enjoy the experience.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

One aspect that we found a little difficult was tipping. Some camps had trackers as well as guides, and others had additional offerings that could be rewarded, e.g. the Bushmen at Camp Kalahari while others did not, and it was difficult to budget as we went along. I did not realise that in most cases the staff managed their gratuity box themselves, without reference to the management, so I think this could be explained more clearly in your information before travelling.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Camp Kalahari, Botswana
3-May-2016 review: Excellent start to our safari
Little Kwara, Botswana
6-May-2016 review: Two night stay in Little Kwara
Footsteps across the Delta, Botswana
8-May-2016 review: Alone in Footsteps
Lebala Camp, Botswana
10-May-2016 review: Lebala Camp Review
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
13-May-2016 review: Much game at Muchenje
Islands of Siankaba, Zambia
15-May-2016 review: R&R at Islands of Siankaba