Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mrs D from Worcester Park


My First Long Stay In Kenya

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 20-Jun-2017 and 4-Jul-2017 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

As a whole my first long trip to Kenya was successful and everything took place as planned. The trip gave me a good insight about safaris and background knowledge of the natural world in Kenya, although my stay at Severin Safari Camp could have been better managed. I hope to revisit in the future and I certainly will want to return to Ol Pajete.

Being advised against visiting Lake Turkana was correct. Whilst in Kenya I spoke to people who had visited Turkana and they found the place unbearable because of the heat.

Lastly, thank you James for helping to sort out the trip at such short notice.

P.S. Apologies for the length of my Feedback but my memory got the better of me.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
The Emakoko, Kenya
20-Jun-2017 review: The Emakoko Lodge Experience
GoodGood
Lazizi Premiere
20-Jun-2017 review: My first stop: the Lazizi Premiere
GoodGood
Elephant Bedroom, Kenya
26-Jun-2017 review: Elephant Bedroom without a river
GoodGood
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kenya
30-Jun-2017 review: Ol Pejeta Bush Camp: my favourite
ExcellentExcellent

MY BOTSWANA: OVERVIEW

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 10-Jun-2016 and 25-Jun-2016 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

When I arrived in Johannesburg from Heathrow, London I was given assistance and found myself in a smallish room with television and noise blaring out and about 8 assistants doing nothing. Eventually I asked to be taken to the Gate for Kasane.

When I arrived in Johannesburg Airport from Maun it took nearly 2 hours to get through passport control and I had to re-enter, departures because baggage cannot go direct from Maun to Heathrow. A man who had an identity pass insisted that he gave me guidance ( which I said I did not want) because he knew where I should go.

He wanted $10 for the privilege,, which he did not get, and showed me to the wrong place anyway. After several attempts to get help a lady official opened a barrier and took me through in front of the queue and made sure I had assistance. The 'assistance' said if I wanted to give him "something" I was not to give it to him in front of anyone.(he did not get anything either!). ..Is there no other route to Botswana?

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I was very satisfied with Lucy's assistance in arranging my visit to Botswana and will definitely consider Expert Africa's assistance if I need any help in the future.

Lucy partly remembered arranging my trip to Botswana six years ago and from that trip we planned this one. Through our Emails I found Lucy friendly, lucid and easy to communicate with and within a few days at short notice My Botswana itinerary was in place. Each stage of the plan went smoothly and there were no hold-ups or my being left stranded. Even at Maun airport I received unexpected assistance to make sure I was where I was expected to be.

My experience of a very enjoyable and well-planned trip leaves me without any suggestions for improving Expert Africa's service - except for, perhaps, including within this form a feature that prevents automatic deletion when accidentally pressing a wrong key or Back to previous page..........

VERY MANY THANKS, LUCY, FOR ARRANGING MY TRIP SO EFFICIENTLY, FROM, JEAN.


I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana
11-Jun-2016 review: MY BOTSWANA: CHOBE GAME LODGE
GoodGood
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Botswana
13-Jun-2016 review: MY BOTSWANA: NXABEGA OKAVANGO TENTED CAMP
ExcellentExcellent
Sandibe Safari Lodge, Botswana
16-Jun-2016 review: MY BOTSWANA: SANDIBE SAFARI LODGE
ExcellentExcellent
Camp Kalahari, Botswana
19-Jun-2016 review: MY BOTSWANA: CAMP KALAHARI
ExcellentExcellent
Deception Valley Lodge, Botswana
21-Jun-2016 review: MY BOTSWANA: DECEPTION VALLEY LODGE
ExcellentExcellent