Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr Y and Mr T from San Francisco


Outstanding in every respect!!

On this trip, I visited Namibia & Rwanda between 28-Jun-2016 and 11-Jul-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Having enjoyed wildlife-oriented safaris in both Southern and Eastern Africa, we wanted to focus our adventures in Namibia on that country's breathtaking scenery.

Expert Africa personnel (first Martha Young and Chris McIntyre; and later Tracy Lederer) did a superb job organising our three-lodge itinerary . . . Little Kulala; Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp; and Serra Cafema. Namibian lodges do not offer over-the-top luxuries (unlike high-end camps in Botswana, South Africa, et al), but we were totally pleased with our accommodations at all three lodges.

Hospitality was uniformly top-notch, and all 18 meals we consumed at the lodges were imaginatively prepared and delicious. Wilderness Safaris, the local operator responsible for our travel arrangements in Namibia, offered seamless service, from the moment our plane landed in Windhoek to our departure to Johannesburg ten days later.

Likewise, we thoroughly enjoyed the Rwandan segment of our holiday. Our only complaint (a minor one) is Virunga Lodge's kitchen, whose offerings were mediocre at best. Every other aspect of our Virunga Lodge stay was entirely satisfactory.

Our local guide/driver did an excellent job "negotiating" gorilla treks that matched our physical limitations. With his help, we were assigned easier families to visit and, thus, completed both our treks around three hours. We were not displeased with our, but we did notice slightly newer and seemingly more comfortable vehicles offered by other companies.

Don't know the differential between their rates and the other companies' but, given the long drive from Kigali to the Volcanoes area and, in particular, the bone-jarring ride to Virunga Lodge, we might have been tempted with a more comfortable option.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Little Kulala, Namibia
28-Jun-2016 review: Little Kulala: Luxury Amongst Amazing Dunes
ExcellentExcellent
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
1-Jul-2016 review: Glam in the Middle of Nowhere
ExcellentExcellent
Serra Cafema, Namibia
4-Jul-2016 review: Remote! Remote! Remote!
ExcellentExcellent
Johannesburg
7-Jul-2016 review: Ten Short Hours at JNB
ExcellentExcellent
Virunga Lodge, Rwanda
8-Jul-2016 review: Hilltop Sanctuary
ExcellentExcellent