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Travel reviews by raedrian


Our great Namibia and Botswana adventure

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 21-Apr-2017 and 28-Apr-2017 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We were 6 people wanting to avoid the bus tour type trip so that we could control our own schedule and itinerary.

It started with us trying to arrange everything but soon found it difficult to determine which location/accommodation would be "right" for us. Luckily, we came in contact with Expert Africa and the help and recommendations that were given were excellent and in the end, they arranged all the accommodations (save one), the safaris and the air charter. Their guidance on length of stay was very helpful and the resorts, hotels and safaris proved to be excellent and enjoyed by all.

We were guided by Sabina for the Namibia portion and Lucy for the Botswana portion and were rewarded with prompt responses and suggestions to our many questions.

Highly recommend them.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kalahari Arms Hotel, Botswana
21-Apr-2017 review: Kalahari Arms Hotel review
GoodGood
Khwai Tented Camp, Botswana
23-Apr-2017 review: Terrific African Tent Safari Experience
ExcellentExcellent
Kalahari Arms Hotel, Botswana
27-Apr-2017 review: Good location and value
ExcellentExcellent

Amazing Namibia

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 31-Mar-2017 and 28-Apr-2017 and I travelled with 6 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our second trip to Southern Africa and was very different from our previous organized group (36) excursion as we were only 6 and planned the trip ourselves with huge help from Expert Africa.

[Ed: this 'previous organised group of 36 was not organised by Expert Africa.]

The desert scenery that covers about 2/3 of Namibia proved to be beautiful and diverse. We always felt comfortable wherever we went and we were constantly impressed by the friendly and helpful people.Getting around was no problem at all and communication was easy as English is spoken everywhere.

We highly recommend visiting this country as it is different from rest of Africa, very unique.

One word of caution regarding the roads which are asphalt on the main arteries but gravel elsewhere. The gravel roads are generally wide and well laid out but the washboard effect of the roads results in loud and somewhat rough ride, of course very dependent on the vehicle used. So if renting a vehicle, consider that it will spend a lot of its time on gravel if you want to see the best scenery on the "roads less travelled".

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We were very pleased with the arrangements suggested and made by Expert Africa and Sabina's knowledge of Namibia proved invaluable.

The pros and (if any) cons of the resorts, hotels, safaris and itinirary were clearly communicated to us to allow us to makeour decisions for our final itinerary.

We give full credit to Sabina's patience with our many "twists and turns" in our itinerary and we wound up wth a terrific self drive trip in a beautiful country.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Galton House, Namibia
31-Mar-2017 review: Galton House review
ExcellentExcellent
Central Lodge, Namibia
1-Apr-2017 review: Central Lodge review
GoodGood
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
2-Apr-2017 review: Canyon Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Island Cottage, Namibia
4-Apr-2017 review: Island Cottage review
ExcellentExcellent
Desert Horse Inn, Namibia
6-Apr-2017 review: Great stay at the Desert Horse Inn
ExcellentExcellent
Hoodia Desert Lodge, Namibia
7-Apr-2017 review: Fantastic food at the Hoodia Deset Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
The Delight, Namibia
10-Apr-2017 review: Delightful stay at the Delight.
ExcellentExcellent
Terrace Bay, Namibia
12-Apr-2017 review: The end of the road at Terrace Bay.
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
13-Apr-2017 review: Magnificent Hill Top Doro Nawas Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Ongava Tented Camp, Namibia
15-Apr-2017 review: Pleasant stay at Ongava Tented Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
17-Apr-2017 review: Good stay at Mushara Bush Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
19-Apr-2017 review: Spectacular resort, Okonjima
ExcellentExcellent
under own arrangements
21-Apr-2017 review: Our own great Namibia adventure
ExcellentExcellent
Villa Violet, Namibia
28-Apr-2017 review: Very nice B&B at Villa Violet
ExcellentExcellent