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Travel reviews by Mrs N from Chicago

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

3

Excursions taken

2

Amazing trip

Zambia between 14 Aug 2017 and 23 Aug 2017

Trip rating: Excellent
"It was our first time using a company to plan our trip and our first time in Africa. I worked with Freddie for a year and a half. He always answered my emails promptly and all his advises were outstanding. We met another traveler that had used his service and were impressed how he had catered to our different needs so perfectly. I have already recommended Expert Africa, especially Freddie to a bunch of friends. The trip was flawless, with staff welcoming us everywhere and assuring that we would get safely to our next destination.
Zambia was incredible and the sightings were amazing."

Stanley Safari Lodge

Stanley Safari Lodge

"Stanley Safari Lodge review"

3 nights Arrived 14 Aug 2017
"This was our first time in Africa and this lodge was the perfect place to start our journey. We stayed in the Victoria and Mukuni open cottages. We loved everything about it and we will definitely stay there again. Here is why:
The room: wonderful, private with a beautiful view. It was nice to have a mini fridge to have a beer or a glass of wine while we unwind-ed after an excursion at the end of the day. Of course we could also had a drink at the main lodge but it was nice to have the option while we relaxed and showered (plenty of hot water by the way!). The heating blanket in the bed at night was a really nice touch.
Diner and lunch: We really liked the privacy as every group ate separately. Although, it would have been nice to have a late afternoon tea with everyone to share experiences. We managed to discuss with the others guests anyway but it took a conscious effort to do so. We changed table within the lodge for diner which was nice, my favorite was when our table was set by the pool. The food WAS EXCELLENT. Great service too.
Location: perfect. Very close to every activities. Beautiful view. Wonderful serenade by the lions in the mornings and evenings.
Host: Estelle (?) and husband Jon - not sure of the spellings - They made us feel at home. very personable. They also gave us some great advice for the activities and else."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool

Livingstone Island & Devil's Pool

"On the sketchy side! But well worse it"

14 Aug 2017 • Afternoon excursion

We really enjoyed the Livingstone Island Afternoon tea excursion. We went on 8/15 and it had only been opened for a week. The water was still pretty high and you needed to be a swimmer to do it. The guide first do what I called a test drive buy having us swim through a part of the river that was safe but with some current to see how we could swim. Unfortunately, a young man who had join our group was asked to turn back because he couldn't swim. After that, we swam (really a little) and walked on rock to get to the devil's pool. Be aware that there are some little fishes in the pool that nibble on your feet... my daughter got so scare that she pulled her feet out of the water so fast that we thought she was going to flip over the top. It definitely seemed a little sketchy because of the water level but we never felt in danger as the guide was very careful. Another man took videos and pictures on our Iphone and he did a fantastic job. Our guide was great and friendly.
We then went back to the camp area and had food (way too much) and well deserved drinks. Stop by the bathroom nicknamed the "loom with a view"... to get the full experience!
My only suggestion to improve the visit would be to spend a more time in the water at the pool and less at the camp eating otherwise highly recommended.
Excellent
Helicopter Flight - Zambia

Helicopter Flight - Zambia

"Best introduction to the Livingstone's falls"

14 Aug 2017 • Afternoon excursion

Freddie from Expert Africa had suggested that we do the helicopter ride on our first day. And he was right. It help with the jet-lag but also what an amazing way to get a sense of how massive the waterfalls are. We did the 30 mn flight, saw the falls from the right then from the left (so everyone on the plane get an amazing view), then we went through the valley and finally flew over the protected area to see animals from the sky. I Would definitely highly recommend it.
Excellent
Nkwali

Nkwali

"What a place!"

3 nights Arrived 17 Aug 2017
"The camp itself look like you just fell into a page of paradise from a magazine! The main area is built around a tree facing the river that give you a continuous view of all kinds of animals. From there, we saw Giraffes and herd of elephants crossing, hippopotamus resting and singing, monkeys and crocodiles... There is also a pool facing a pond where we saw an enormous kind of lizard, and amazing some birds fishing. The place is really nice and we really enjoyed the open cottages. The highlights were the visit one afternoon of a herd of elephants (very destructive but unbelievable to watch) , the singing of a birthday song to our daughter for her birthday by the entire staff (beautiful), a play that was performed one afternoon and of course the fantastic drives with Fred our guide. We witnessed such amazing things . His patience and understanding of animals behavior got us to witness an amazing site: a leopard calling her two babies to go to her kill. The purring of the babies was amazing. the sitting of all kind of animals everyday was such a treat.
Great place, highly recommended."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Kakuli Bushcamp

Kakuli Bushcamp

"6 leopard sighting in one day!! "

3 nights Arrived 20 Aug 2017
"We stayed 3 days in the family open cottage. The view from the master bedroom was great and the location of the cottage is perfect (right next to the communal area). We saw several herds of Elephants from the deck and were serenaded by the sound of hippopotamus. We witnessed Dixon bathing in the mud not far from the deck and had the visit of a lion or lions one night. Hearing his/their roaring at night was incredible. We never felt unsafe as the watchman stay by the cottage when he/they got closer (or so it seems!). The staff was wonderful, very attentive and the food was fabulous. Siku, the Manager of the camp is amazing and make you feel like family. Her leadership and her kindness make this place very special. Our guide, Phil was incredible. His knowledge was so impressive that he led us to 6 leopards sighting and one kill in the same day! His love of the wild animals and the park is contagious and we hope this place will stay the way it is for a very long time. We highly recommend it."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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