Travel reviews by The K family from London
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My August/September safari to Zambia
Zambia between 29 Aug 2014 and 6 Sep 2014
Luckily they were passed onto us as the person you sent them to knew where we lived."
Arranged By Claire Scott
"Tafika is one of our most favourite camps"
"Chiawa another nice camp"
My Sep 2012 trip
Mozambique between 1 Sep 2012 and 10 Sep 2012
Explore Gorongosa, Mozambique (this camp has since closed)
"Explore Gorongosa review"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
"Nuarro Mozambique review"
Zambia between 7 Jul 2008 and 19 Jul 2008
With regards to the flight, sometimes the way we charter light aircraft may not appear to make any sense at all! Rest assured it usually does, but there are a lot of factors to take into account.
However, taking this traveller’s comments on board, we have implemented systems to ensure that where logistics work, we use an easier route for this flight in the future.
"Shiwa Ng'andu review"
Sausage Tree Camp
"Sausage Tree Camp review"
Meanwhile, several interesting points are raised here…
Firstly, we’re delighted that this camp has a clear policy of safety talks before every activity – even though to our regular travellers, it’ll seem a bit superfluous.
Secondly, it is becoming more commonplace for lodges and camps to ask their guests to sign indemnity forms. We address this in our brochure’s General Information section, which says:
In taking a trip to Africa, you acknowledge that it involves risk. Amongst other problems, wild animals can present threats to your safety and your health. These risks are your responsibility. We will do everything we can to ensure that you are well-informed of the risks and, where necessary, have you guided by some of the best guides in the business. You can minimize the risks by following the instructions and advice of your guides, and never walking out on your own. In camps where animals wander freely, make sure that you have a guide to escort you when you walk around the camp. Do not touch any plants, animals or insects, however harmless they seem. Any could be hazardous. Please note that many safari lodges will require you to sign personal indemnity forms, or in some places equivalent indemnities are incorporated by law into the guest register that you sign. If you do not accept such risks, then do not book a trip with us to Africa.
Whilst our travellers are at liberty not to sign such forms … they must accept that there may be a few camps where this will result in them missing out on some activities.
We would always encourage lodges which remind travellers of the inherent risks in any African safari – using a form to read and sign, or briefing of any sort. If a traveller isn’t willing to accept these, then we recommend that they don’t travel with us.
However, we do not encourage lodges to ask travellers to sign disclaimer forms waiving liability for their acts of negligence. There’s simply no point: these are useless!
The good news is that our travellers can rest easy and sign such forms without concern. If any of our travellers tried to claim damages for a (hypothetical) sinking boat, as outlined above, then they would claim directly against Expert Africa, not the camp. So if the (hypothetical) boat driver was guilty of the gross negligence which caused an injury or death from sinking … then no waiver form on the planet would absolve us from liability for this in the British courts!
In the light of this traveller’s comments … we’ll be pointing this out to Sausage Tree camp, so that they can re-consider their form, and their policy.