Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Ms M & Ms SP from Canada

My June 2018 trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana, South Africa & Zimbabwe between 4-Jun-2018 and 2-Jul-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


A trip of a lifetime. We had a tremendous time from the moment we landed in Johannesburg till the moment we left Cape Town. We do encourage people to visit Johannesburg and we stayed at the Monarch Hotel which was very conveniently located close to the train to the airport, close to the mall and also to restaurants. The people we met were nearly all helpful and kind and we felt that our trip added rather than took from the places we visited. Everything was taken care of other than a couple of things.

All the connections worked out but I would strongly recommend you including in the itineary the addresses of locations after a flight. The flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town did not include Jeanne's bag. We spent quite a lot of time waiting and then talking to the lost baggage people about this. They found the bag in Johannesburg and wanted an address to deliver it to us when it arrived. We didn't have the Acorn House address and they didn't have access to the internet or a phone and nor did I. All I could think of was to go to the driver and find out from him. I made the fatal error of leaving the arrivals area to talk to him and then trying to go back to tell the baggage people what the address was. That caused a real problem and I had go through a ridiculous process to get back to Jeanne even though five people watched me walk out of the arrivals area and refused to let me back without special authorization and being escorted through security.. Please include the address in your documentation.

Under the category of things I wished I'd known was the fact that both lodges in the Delta were open to the elements and quite cold at night. We had been warned by our friends it would be cold in the Etosha area, but didn't think there would be the same issue in Botswana. We adapted, by showering when it was warm out and wearing our warmest clothes to bed but it was a surprise.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ultimate Namibia Journey
4-Jun-2018 review: Ultimate Namibia review
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
15-Jun-2018 review: Ilala Lodge Review
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
17-Jun-2018 review: Muchenje Safari Lodge
Okuti, Botswana
19-Jun-2018 review: Okuti Review
Splash Camp, Botswana
22-Jun-2018 review: Splash Camp
Acorn House, South Africa
25-Jun-2018 review: Acorn House