Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr &a Mrs G from Ringwood


The adventure of a lifetime

On this trip, I visited Namibia & Zambia between 18-Jun-2017 and 7-Jul-2017 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was the trip of a lifetime. With our children, aged 20 & 19, we were looking for a holiday the whole family could enjoy and we certainly got it. Everything went off perfectly. The planning of the trip with Sabina and her advice was of the highest standard. Everything was exactly as described.

There were representatives to welcome us on arrival at Windhoek, there were no booking misunderstandings at any lodges, the transfer from Kasane in Botswana to Livingstone in Zambia went smoothly and lastly the transfer to Livingstone airport, all on time and according to plan. We dropped our car off in Kasane, were collected by safari vehicle and transferred to the river where we were taken across by boat into Zambia and collected on the other side with the driver helping us get through the 'interesting' Zambian border checkpoint (the Zambian officials were rude and unhelpful well below the standard in Botswana or Namibia).

The border official, despite having a water dispenser in her office, sent our driver back to the car to get her a bottle of water! Bearing in mind that we had driven about 4 hours from our last lodge in the Caprivi and arrived early, the logistics of this transfer was impressive. (Just for info there are trucks queuing at this crossing as they move between Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana for as far as the eye can see with it taking them on average 2 to 3 weeks to get across - per the local taxi driver - so I could imagine the transfer potentially going horribly wrong!).

Just a tip, when arriving in Botswana we needed to dip ALL our shoes (foot and mouth prevention) so make sure you have all shoes handy so you don't have to unpack suitcases at the border.

The design of the three week trip, balancing the length of drives, stop-overs and rest days while still trying to see as much as possible was brilliant and could not have been done without the expert advice of Sabina and her patience in the early days while she tried to understand what we wanted to get out of the holiday.

We travelled during June and July and the weather was fabulous. Warm sunny days and mostly cool nights. We certainly needed warm jackets for the evenings whereas during the day we needed shorts and t-shirts.

Tips that worked for us:
(1) in the U.K. we purchased a tracks4africa map of Namibia (£10) online and transferred it onto our Garmin SatNav which we took with us and this made navigating stress free.
(2) Covering our suitcases in bin bags to keep them dust free was essential as the canopy definitely was not dust proof.
(3) We purchased a cooler box locally and this allowed us to keep our picnic food fresh and drinks cool for the long drives. You can buy ice for the cooler box at any service station;
(4) an upgrade to a 4x4 gave us extra flexibility and comfort on long drives.

We were surprised at how expensive most of the lodges were so this was, for us, a particularly expensive holiday but in the end worth every penny.

I would not hesitate to recommend Expert Africa and would use them again.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Hilltop Guesthouse, Namibia
18-Jun-2017 review: Hilltop Guesthouse review
ExcellentExcellent
Desert Homestead, Namibia
19-Jun-2017 review: Desert Homestead review
GoodGood
Villa Margherita, Namibia
21-Jun-2017 review: Villa Margherita review
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
24-Jun-2017 review: The best service in Namibia
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
26-Jun-2017 review: Great waterhole - terrible camp
TerribleTerrible
Onguma Bush Camp, Namibia
28-Jun-2017 review: Wonderful and relaxing setting
ExcellentExcellent
Hakusembe River Lodge, Namibia
30-Jun-2017 review: Enjoyed our short visit
ExcellentExcellent
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
1-Jul-2017 review: An authtic African safari experience
ExcellentExcellent
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, Namibia
3-Jul-2017 review: Fantastic eco-lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Avani Victoria Falls, Zambia
5-Jul-2017 review: Perfect location - would stay here again
ExcellentExcellent
Excursion Overall rating
Kayaking with seals, Namibia
22-Jun-2017 review: Exceeded our expectations
ExcellentExcellent