Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr E from Pennsylvania


Rwanda and Tanzania March 2018

On this trip, I visited Rwanda & Tanzania between 3-Mar-2018 and 17-Mar-2018 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The biggest issue with comfort for the trip was that we were given an older vehicle which is quite uncomfortable from the beginning of the trip until we reached Kivu lake. At Kivu Lake, three days into the Rwanda part, I let Expert Africa know about my concerns regarding the possible safety issues of the vehicle as well as the comfort issues. I had an almost immediate reply from Expert Africa who contacted the tour organizer, Primate Safaris in Rwanda. They met us the next day with a new vehicle for the rest of the trip.

The entire planning of the trip took multiple conversations and emails with the Expert Africa team. They were extremely helpful and worked with us until we found a trip that we thought would meet our desired experience. I believe we had seven iterations before finally choosing the last one.

I would have mixed feelings about going during rainy season again. It was less crowded, which was quite nice. A few plans did get rained out or had to be changed.

The few hotels we stayed at in between various parts of the trip were used only for several hours and simpler, less expensive accommodations would probably have sufficed quite well.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We did not seek other quotes for the trip.

Our previous trip to Zambia with Expert Africa impressed us so much, that we only used them to arrange this tour for us. It was a good decision.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Hotel des Mille Collines, Rwanda
4-Mar-2018 review: excellent
ExcellentExcellent
Nyungwe House, Rwanda
5-Mar-2018 review: Excellent
ExcellentExcellent
Cormoran Lodge, Rwanda
7-Mar-2018 review: Good to average
GoodGood
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Rwanda
8-Mar-2018 review: Excellent
ExcellentExcellent
Kigali Serena Hotel, Rwanda
11-Mar-2018 review: Kigali Serena Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent
Dunia Camp, Tanzania
12-Mar-2018 review: Wonderful caring staff
ExcellentExcellent
Olakira, Tanzania
14-Mar-2018 review: Excellent
ExcellentExcellent

My Sep 2016 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 11-Sep-2016 and 24-Sep-2016 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Initially Megan and then Ellie when Megan took maternity leave.

Same review would apply to both.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

This was one of the best planned and orchestrated trips we have taken. We were met and guided within all airports.

The guides for the safaris were the best we encountered on any of our trips and were uniformly friendly and helpful. We were so impressed, we would like our children to use your services.

The only thing I would consider doing differently if the trip had to be 2 days shorter (for our family or friends on a limited timetable) is one less day in Chongwe river camp and dropping the fly camp .

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Stanley Safari Lodge, Zambia
12-Sep-2016 review: Stanley Safari Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Nsefu, Zambia
14-Sep-2016 review: Nsefu review
ExcellentExcellent
Robin Pope Safaris bush-camp, Zambia
16-Sep-2016 review: Robin Pope Safaris bush-camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Robin's House, Zambia
17-Sep-2016 review: Robin's House review
ExcellentExcellent
Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
19-Sep-2016 review: Chongwe River Camp review
ExcellentExcellent