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Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs H from Orpington

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

0

My Sep 2016 trip

Zimbabwe and 1 other country between 9 Sep 2016 and 20 Sep 2016

Trip rating: Excellent
"It was Megan Ingoldby that dealt with our booking - she was a pleasure to deal with and couldn't have been more helpful.
We had a wonderful holiday and any criticisms are intended to be purely constructive. These comments are in the light of us having now been on six safaris.

One of the reasons we chose Expert Africa is that we travelled to Namibia several years ago and had excellent advice from Chris McIntyre when he was at Sunvil. The book that you sent us on Botswana that Chris had written was invaluable and very much appreciated. Thank you Chris for including so much detail.

Well done Expert Africa for arranging a great holiday."

Arranged By Megan Green


Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel

"Victoria Falls Hotel - perfect!"

2 nights Arrived 9 Sep 2016
"Highlights:-

Loved the ambience of this hotel. Many very interesting communal rooms. The Stanley Terrace was an amazing place to sit - comfortable chairs - stunning view - impeccable service. Food excellent.

It was our 45th wedding anniversary and we were given a wonderful welcome - flowers and wine in our room with a lovely poem tied up in a scroll with a red rose.

Our room was extremely comfortable with a king size bed, spacious bathroom and quiet air conditioning.

Activities - no comment as we did not arrange activities via the hotel.

We did go on a wonderful Zambezi Sundowner River Explorer (Signature Deck) that Megan at Expert Africa arranged for us."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Camp Hwange

Camp Hwange

"Camp Hwangi - excellent walking safari ...."

3 nights Arrived 11 Sep 2016
"Guides (Mike and Dean) were both excellent but we noted that they were freelance and neither would have been there for the following weeks' guests.

The managers were on holiday whilst we were there so can not comment but thought all the staff that we did meet were quite exceptional even to the point that when clothes went to the laundry with forgotten $$ in the pocket - the money was returned immediately.

Highlights:-

Sundowner at a distant waterhole - watching hundreds of elephants & buffalo. Evening candle light dinner in the bush.

Walking safari with guide Dean. Watching the lion cubs play with guide Mike & thanks for the wonderful photos he took.

Return drive to gate with Washington - he had amazing detection skills!

Lowlights:-

Not facing a permanent waterhole that was described as pumped year round - it has almost dried up so this restricted the animals we would expect to see from our room.

Indemnity Form: strangely worded - maybe we should have been warned of this before hand! Curious to know how legally enforceable this document is?
e.g. 'This exception from liability shall apply even where injury, harm or loss referred above is caused by the negligence of any of the parties'.

The drive from Victoria Falls to Camp Hwange took longer than expected - almost five hours rather than three."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Muchenje Safari Lodge

Muchenje Safari Lodge

"Muchenje - 2 days recommended"

3 nights Arrived 14 Sep 2016
"Highlights:-

Viewing hundreds of buffalo moving across the area. Lovely scenery.

Full day safari including the river cruise in a small boat - seeing elephants swim across the river.

Excellent rooms.

Lowlights:-

Empty swimming pool - always told 'it will be filled next day'. it never was!

No radio contact from our vehicle to other vehicles - so we never did see the lions even over four days - even though others were lucky!

Bush walking safari only around small area directly outside the lodge - can not be compared to the walking safaris at Hwange & Shinde'

Mosquitoes and flies very high in this area.

Other guests had been advised by there tour operators that 2 nights at this lodge would be enough and I would agree with this as there is little variety - safari drives seemed to be very repetitive!"
Average
Location
Good
Service
Average
Activities
Average
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Average
Facilities
Average
Shinde Camp

Shinde Camp

"Shinde Camp - Excellent"

3 nights Arrived 17 Sep 2016
"We found this camp to be exceptional and our decision to return after five years was fully justified.

Accommodation is in a lovely tented room with spacious bathroom including excellent hot showers.

Stafff were all of the highest quality - a pleasure to deal with and all on permanent contracts.

Our guide was Mr B. Bee is an excellent safari guide, a lovely human being - a very impressive man.

Highlights:-

Seeing a cheetah walk slowly towards us out of the bush. A lion sleeping in the afternoon.

Private dining by candelight - a lovely surprise!

Lunch in the bush - another surprise at beautifully set tables.

Lots of activities - mekoro, motor boats, walking safaris, Off road varied game drives.

Never more than four sharing often a private game drive.

Only one slight disappointment now no longer able to visit the island that has the amazing colourful birds that we remember."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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