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Travel reviews by Mr J from Elgin

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

3

Excursions taken

0

Cape Town, Okavanga, Chobe & Vic Falls

Botswana and 1 other country between 12 Sep 2017 and 20 Sep 2017

Trip rating: Excellent
"We got what we asked for: the 'Out of Africa' experience, with an interesting contrast between private and public reserves, Delta and Chobe River, without a strong emphasis on the big five. The time of year recommended by Expert Africa was exactly right for us.
We loved the whole experience of the camps. Pom Pom is beautifully situated on the edge of a loagoon and we had the campfire, the continuous nighttime sound of the crickets and frogs, baboons and jackals with an occasional lions roar. Then Chobe Under Canvas and the wide open vistas of the Chobe with river, grassland and a multitude of animals.
Botswana lived up to our expectations and the game viewing was excellent. We could not realistically have asked for more from Expert Africa and the local operators, the organisation was faultless and the whole trip was great."

Pom Pom Camp

Pom Pom Camp

"Wonderful first safari at Pom Pom "

3 nights Arrived 12 Sep 2017
"Pom Pom camp lived up to our expectations and hopes in every way. The view from Pom Pom camp is beautiful and the camp staff and tracker and guide were friendly and competent. Accommodation is very acceptable, well spaced out for privacy and the food is plentiful and wholesome and we enjoyed the communal mealtimes and around the campfire.
The vehicles were not crowded (often only four guests per vehicle) and on our first game drive in the afternoon/evening we had much to see, including a pride of lions and a pair of buffalo: later that evening, the lions had killed one of the buffalo - quite an introduction. Another high spot was a leopard with her cub with their kill which we were able to see very close up without disturbing them
The guides asked at the outset what were our preferences, and game drives, mokoro trip and boat trips were all superb with explanations and lots of photo opportunities.
Pom Pom camp and the Delta were wonderful."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Chobe Under Canvas

Chobe Under Canvas

"Glamping in the bush"

3 nights Arrived 15 Sep 2017
"Chobe Under Canvas mobile camp was a contrast to Pom Pom camp and the Delta. The camp was situated in the bush rather than on the bank of the river, the facilities were extremely good, the staff were professional and friendly, food excellent and mealtime and sitting around the campfire was great.
Chobe River and the wildlife were great. Our guide was expert and friendly, we saw as much game as we had hoped, which included wild dogs, but there wasn't a wide variety of activities.The rules of the public game reserve - getting back to camp on time, keeping to the tracks, no night driving and the worry that there might be too many other vehicles - were far less restrictive than we had thought and did not reduce our enjoyment. Our LandCruiser never had more than four guests on the drives and there were often only two vehicles stopped for viewing.
The included photographic boat trip on the Chobe River from Kasane was excellent: mounted cameras with long lenses, tuition and plenty of time to get good shots.
The Chobe Under Canvas experience was just as we had asked and hoped for and the vistas with so many animals were extraordinary."
Excellent
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge

"Good hotel in Victoria Falls"

2 nights Arrived 18 Sep 2017
"A good hotel, professionally run, good staff, friendly, nice adequately sized pool, good food. We had a wonderful Breakfast Cruise on the hotel's launch on the Zambezi."
Excellent
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent

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