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Travel reviews by G & H from London

Zambia, Botswana & Namibia Aug-Sep 2016

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & Zambia between 19-Aug-2016 and 6-Sep-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


This was the first time EVER that we engaged a travel agent to arrange a trip... after visiting 54 countries doing our own organising.

On the downside, the intimate knowledge that I usually have of every trip was gone. For me, this is part of the fun of a trip, so I missed it... having to check the itinerary every time I wanted to know something, rather than simply recalling it.

On the upside, the reason we had decided to use an agent was the difficulties of organising smooth transfers and bookings in a relatively unique environment... and almost everything went like clockwork. Where there was a hitch (the hotel 'upgrade' in Livingstone; pick-up going to the wrong end of the trip in Kasane) it was nothing to do with the booking or agent.

Taken as a whole we enjoyed the holiday very much indeed. Naturally there were highlights - Doro Nawas, Chongwe River Camp and Chobe Under Canvas would be our top three - but small things, like the fascination of the Zambia / Namibia border crossing at Kazangula or the starkness of the road from Henties Bay to Uis, also stood out as hugely interesting.

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Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
Having nothing to compare against it is difficult for me to comment on the above with any great confidence... but my impression is very positive indeed. Other agents would need to try very hard to better our experience.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
20-Aug-2016 review: Brilliant in every respect
Avani Victoria Falls, Zambia
24-Aug-2016 review: Royal Lvingstone - not up to standard
Chobe Under Canvas, Botswana
26-Aug-2016 review: Comfort in the bush
River Crossing, Namibia
29-Aug-2016 review: River Crossing review
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
30-Aug-2016 review: Kulala Desert Lodge review
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
1-Sep-2016 review: Friendly stay in Swakopmund
Doro Nawas, Namibia
2-Sep-2016 review: Brilliant in every respect
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
4-Sep-2016 review: Relatively speaking, not our cup of tea