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Travel reviews by Mr M from London


Amazing week in Botswana

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 30-Jul-2018 and 6-Aug-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had 7 amazing days at 3 camps in an around the delta in August (Gomoti, Machaba and Lebala). Compared to places like the Mara/Kruger/Serengeti, I'd say there was less volume of game (or the plains are less open, so it's harder to see) - sometimes you'd go a couple of days without seeing a lion - so you had to work a bit harder for the sightings. However, the fact that they're all private reserves (or private-ish) means that when you're driving around you are in total isolation, and your sightings can mostly be enjoyed without other vehicles for as long as you like.

Even though there are several reserves and concessions, nothing is fenced - that's great as it makes it truly wild, the downside being that animals can cross the dividing lines but people can't, so you need to go to a few different camps to minimize the probability that the animal you wanted to see crossed the border yesterday and so isn't accessible (this happens quite a bit).

We had great sightings of leopard and wild dogs, saw the big 5 in a single day, had some truly amazing night drives - lion hunts, wildcat, serval, civet, owls galore - and picked up over 100 species of birds in the week. We went on a motor boat trip once, which was very beautiful, really relaxing. We also tried the mokoro, which didn't do much for us (felt quite rickety, and didn't see anything).

In August, the temperature goes from 5 degrees in the morning to close to 30 in the afternoon - that contrast really enhanced the experience as it felt like you were moving from one place to another every day.

All in all, it was by far the most thrilling safari experience I've been on - the tranquility makes it seem so much more wild/natural - and so in future I think I'll be coming back to Botswana rather than Kenya or Tanzania.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No - Megan was fantastic as always

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Gomoti Plains Camp, Botswana
30-Jul-2018 review: Gomoti Plains Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Machaba Camp, Botswana
2-Aug-2018 review: Great game and guiding
ExcellentExcellent
Lebala Camp, Botswana
4-Aug-2018 review: Very varied animals, particularly nocturnal
ExcellentExcellent

South Luwangwa in September

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 21-Sep-2017 and 24-Sep-2017 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

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Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I loved your website - being able to compare all the different lodges in one place made a huge difference.

Megan was incredibly responsive, helpful and knowledgable. Thanks very much.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Flatdogs Camp, Zambia
21-Sep-2017 review: Long weekend at Flatdogs
ExcellentExcellent