Travel reviews by Mrs & Mr J from Birmingham
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Zimbabwe between 16 Sep 2019 and 30 Sep 2019
Only Imvelo camps don't yet use refillable water bottles which you can either take home or return at the end of your stay.
Malcolm Lodge in Harare is also a lovely place to stay and very up to date - they knew about a flight problem we had before we did.
The transfer from Hwange Main Camp to Vic Falls arrived 30 minutes late - he was 'delayed' but we suspect the delay was visiting his home village on the way to collect us, which meant that the 2 guides who had brought us there from Somalisa had and extra wait."
"Great elephant experience"
For us there was extra interest as our guide and the hostess were people we had met previously at a different lodge within the group. All staff were very helpful and eager to please.
Breakfast was continental style and full English on day of departure. Dinner was the most enjoyable as it was taken while watching elephants drink the swimming pool dry. At times they would push and shove just like children might.
Game viewing was also good."
The tents are very spacious with seating area, desk space and large bathroom and very large balcony with sofa, chairs and table and hammock. We were in tent 4 which is the nearest to the water hole, so we were able to watch the animals there as well as the comings and goings.
The food was excellent with a little DIY for stir fry and pizza. Breakfast by the fire was also great. Another bonus was the 5.30 delivery of a pot of coffee with our wake up call.
Game viewing was good - so many elephants swell as Cecil's daughters and grandchildren."
Batonka Guest Lodge
We were on B&B basis but also had a dinner and lunch there which were both good. Staff expressed their gratefulness that we had come to their country and how that enabled them to support their families in a country of high unemployment, something with was very humbling."
Lived up to high expectations
Namibia between 23 Oct 2017 and 13 Nov 2017
The short welcome at Quivertree was a surprise as everyone elsewhere was so welcoming and friendly, but as it was just 1 night it didn't matter.
By the time lunch, drinks and game drives are added to the HB cost I suspect it's not much cheaper than Ongava which had a lot more to offer."
The rooms are really special with lovely patios at the back, looking out over the countryside and having animals passing by. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was very good too.
We went on the carnivore feeding trip - a little artificial but a good way of seeing the animals at the beginning or end of a holiday. The other activity we chose was walking with a caracal, mainly because we had not seen one in the wild. The animal seemed relaxed and we followed where she went."
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Quivertree Forest Restcamp
"Wouldn't go again "
The next morning there was no water and as 'the men' were away it might be some time before it was sorted - it hadn't been by the time we left."
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Having ground coffee as well as selection of teas and hot chocolate was a pleasant extra touch.
The inner courtyard with tables and chairs was also welcoming."
The bathroom was bigger than most with both a bath (when there's water shortage!) and shower.
There are old German number plates on the walls of the bathroom and other car pictures on the bedroom wall."
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Spacious bedroom and nice deck outside where the various animals walk past.
Meals and cakes at tea time were very good and there was plenty of space to sit and relax. the shop also had a range of quality gifts / souvenirs available."
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
"Hidden treasure "
Whoever thought of it had great foresight as the views from the lodge and the accommodation are wonderful.
The tent itself was spacious, had a large covered deck with comfortable settee and then on a higher level there were a couple of deck chairs as well."
Ongava Tented Camp
"Wonderful all round"
All the staff were friendly and helpful and there were nice extra touches, such as cold towels when returning from game drives, but hot towels after we were caught in the rain. The Kaluha afterwards was good too.
Game viewing was also excellent, especially the number of rhinos we saw. Good to see they have an anti poaching squad."
Mushara Bush Camp
Accommodation and pool were fine. On our first evening they forgot to serve us the main course and we had to go and ask for it. There seems to be a system whereby drinks are ordered / served at 19.30, starter at 20.00, dessert at 20.30. Then you have to wait to sign your bill and tell them when you will be having breakfast.
Our second evening there was an outside buffet which was much better run but unfortunately the third evening had the same timetable with plated food being served - so much food piled on top of each other the flavours were lost and much food was wasted because it was far too much, not only for us."
Okonjima Plains Camp
We booked a total of 5 activities and had 2 different guides for them, both were enthusiastic and showed us what we were hoping for, even if it wasn't always easy. As we were previous visitors we were also given a couple of treats which were much appreciated.
Everyone was extremely helpful and keen to talk about the animals and the work and life of everyone there, giving us more of an insight of life there."
Accommodation was in simple but more than adequate tents with decking and a couple of chairs. It was great to watch the elephants walking past during the early hours. The site is overlooking the flood plain so elephants walked through on a regular basis, as well as other animals at night.
Lunch and dinner were good. Breakfast not so good as it consisted of tea or coffee and porridge, which I personally never eat. A few days there were seed bars or apples available but not each day, which meant I didn't eat until lunch time. Just fruit salad and some yoghurt would have been enough.
All staff were helpful and guiding was good."