Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs L from Sweden
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Zambia between 8 Mar 2020 and 20 Mar 2020
The change of flights was costly and NO refund for not used flights were very disappointing.
The fact that things may change should be factored in when making bookings (Expert Africa feedback)
In total 11 night in South Luangwa is a few nights too many.
Game and bird viewing was better than expected - green season is nice, not to be underestimated.
Tour Africa support in Lusaka was excellent - especially upon our return to Lusaka airport."
This trip was in March 2020, just as borders were shutting down and flights were stopping across the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We were not sure how much news these travellers were aware of as safaris are often blissfully distant from the news headlines.
With little notice, their return flights from Lilongwe were cancelled. They had booked this for themselves, but Expert Africa stepped in to find an alternative via Lusaka and secure seats for them. Then we worked with our partners in Africa to change the the camps and the transfers in the final section of their trip to make it all fit seamlessly.
As these travellers enjoyed a relaxing trip, the world changed and we worked behind the scenes, securing new arrangements to get them out of Africa and back home safely with the minimum of fuss.
Given that these travellers booked their own flights, there was unfortunately nothing that Expert Africa could do to assist with their refund.
Arranged By Amanda Bond
"One night only"
"Wet yet nice stay at Nsefu"
Fascinating boat trips into the lagoons
Yellow build stork breeding colony the highlight
Food experience average - well presented yet somewhat flat in taste
Walking safaris not easy due to areas being flooded, moody
Upfront information on how bar, coffee, water would be managed when staff was not around lacking"
"Unextected long stay at Nkwali "
Best room/house during our entire stay in Zambia
Food very well presented - mostly also very tasty
Guiding excellent (Nyambi) both walking and by road
Total 7 nights too many, seen the same roads and game too many times (not intended though due to Malawi cancelling)
Excellent support with rebooking trip
Night guard not always present (walked in the camp during evenings alone)"
Southwest Tanzania - Feb/Mar 2017
Tanzania between 19 Feb 2017 and 2 Mar 2017
All preparation from the initial contact with Expert Africa to the return home worked flawlessly, especially good follow up before the trip from Expert Africa reminding us about insurances, overseas flight information etc.
What we missed to arrange upfront was the long wait at our last day, from arriving in Dar to our overseas flight. This we could sort out locally with the company who organised transfers at our arrival the first day - they supported us with transfer to Slipway (beachfront Dar), looking after our luggage and then taking us back to the airport in time for our flight back home."
Southern Sun Dar
"Southern Sun Dar - Transfer Hotel"
Mdonya Old River Camp
"Bush experience at Mdonya Old River Camp"
The following days was also good yet - as known upfront - with the rainy season around the corner we did have our share off rain showers. The guide was pleasant and knowledgeable, making the game drives interesting beyond only looking for game and birds.
The camp manager (Andrea) was initially somewhat silent but opened up more and more and was all in all a very good host engaging with the guests and sharing his own experiences.
We did share some feedback with the camp manager, mainly around the food which was plentiful but somewhat strangely combined. Meat and warm vegetables together with some kind of pie makes may all taste fine but together a bit strange. Soups for starter was good, especially as the rain and lack of sun made you a bit chilly. Lunches for full day game drives could have been more attractive e.g. with adding bread, having a banana cake instead of a banana as a desert, etc."
Katavi Wildlife Camp
The game viewing was good, great to see elands and topi besides the more prevalent groups of elephants, buffalo, kudu, waterbuck , reedbuck, etc. and of course hippo and crocs. We knew that cats would be more difficult due to the high grass still we spotted leopard and hyena. Sable and roan antelope though was ought of sight. Our focus in Katavi was also birding which was fantastic, not being experienced at all yet fascinating and rewarding to see (and mostly be able to take some pics) of close to 100 birds in a few days.
The camp manager (Lewis) had all the time in the world for us being the only guests which was nice, chatting about anything over lunches and dinners. The staff was excellent, having both a guide as a driver and an "official" guide providing 2 pairs of excellent eyes spotting birds (and noting them duly in checklist). Food was really good, tasty and plentiful also in the light that the camp did close when we left thus the fridge was supposed to be empty when we left !"
"A dream location - Greystoke"
The highlight was of course the chimp trekking which we did twice, both times reminding us that it is not always easy to find the chimps. The plan was at breakfast around 08.00, we would know from our guides where the chimps were and then we would head out. The practice was that on day one we went out after lunch and on day two around 10.30 only proving that chimps tend to be further away from the camp during the rainy season. Anyway we saw chimps both day, in the trees or on the ground. The walking took about an hour, mostly in rainy conditions.
The camp manager (Julian) was very entertaining and the staff was simply excellent in providing service and caring for the guests. Being at the lake we took a boat out and jumped in 25 degree crystal clear water and afterwards did some fishing (which we had for dinner the same evening). The sunset and evening skies, one day with a distant thunderstorm was magical.
The food was good, nothing to complain about but nothing to be overly positive about either."
Pool not cleaned.
Breakfast bag preordered was not ready at departure."