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Travel reviews by Ms K. from DC, USA

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

4

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

0

I turned 50 in Southern Africa!

South Africa and 3 other countries between 30 Apr 2019 and 9 May 2019

Trip rating: Excellent
"My adult daughter and I agree that Somalisa was the best camp with Waterberry a very close second. Her favorite experience was the meerkat climbing on her. I found so much of it awesome it's hard to describe.

In trying to explain the experience to people the closest I can get to accurate is "something amazing happens and then something else amazing happens, etc." I can't compare the rush of seeing lion doing their thing against seeing the rush of Victoria Falls. I can't compare how it feels to be in the vast desolate Makgadikgadi Pans to seeing the vastness of the southern sky's blanket of universe. Being comedically entertained by the meerkat, mud wallowing warthogs, running ostrich, and hippo grunting are experiences like no other. It's completely absurd that neither my daughter nor I were afraid of the 7 white rhino we walked to and stood amongst. It was pretty clear to me when the 1st bush flight landed scaring away zebra and an ostrich from the airstrip that Africa suits me. I guess that's why I didn't blow the air horn when the elephant tried to join my shower.

To close this out - I've lived and worked on 3 continents and know a 4th extensively but there is nothing like Africa.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

The process was long for both me and everyone that had to interact with me. Now that I've done it I hope to not be so high maintenance in the future.

One of the reasons I chose EA was because when my plan went from Zambia only I was handed to another person with more expertise in the new regions. I appreciated that. No one at EA tried to "upsell" me either. That is why I dropped the other company I had begun inquiry with.

I'll be emailing the wildlife sightings. We wrote in a lot."

Arranged By Megan Green


City Lodge OR Tambo

City Lodge OR Tambo

"CLORT"

1 night Arrived 30 Apr 2019
"The restaurant and bar were very good and affordable. Room was small but the public areas of the property are outstanding.

It was very convenient for beginning our actual "trip" from OR Tambo the following morning."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Average
Food
Excellent
Somalisa Camp

Somalisa Camp

"Fabulous property and experience"

3 nights Arrived 1 May 2019
"This was the first Southern Africa safari lodge we stayed in and we got spoiled here. Not all lodges are equal and of the 3 on this trip Somalisa was the best. The area also spoiled us. Within the first 2 hours of arrival we had seen three (elephant, buffalo, lion) of the Big Five. By the time we left 3 nights later we added the fourth - leopard. On Fridays the camp has local culture and food which was great too. Love the oxtail! I highly recommend this property.

Exercise awareness of where the elephant are if you decide to use your private outdoor shower. Having your shower interrupted by an elephant is funny now but it required quick thinking and reaction - quite exciting at the time.

Extensive wildlife sighting notes will be emailed."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

"Incredible lodge, staff, service & location"

2 nights Arrived 4 May 2019
"We only had 2 nights here but the experiences were amazing. Kelly and Webby were fabulous and surprisingly accommodating. We were pleasantly surprised when Kelly offered to see if we could do an activity at an unscheduled time. It worked out great and we were able to walk up to and amongst 7 of Zambia's 10 wide lipped rhinoceros!

Also very thoughtful that she booked us on the boat sundowner the evening of our afternoon arrival. Sunsets all over Africa are stunning but on the Zambezi River they are even more beautiful. Crocodile and hippopotamus sightings with hippo serenades in the evenings. The other included activity that we did was Victoria Falls. We went at the perfect time of year for a dramatic [and soaking] experience.

Our next location was Botswana via the Kazungula ferry border crossing. This lodge was perfectly situated between our Zimbabwe to Zambia bridge border crossing and Kazungula.

I highly recommend this property!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

"Camp Kalahari review"

3 nights Arrived 6 May 2019
"Less than thrilled with the Lodge - but the Makgadikgadi area is incredible. Starting with something positive - all of the food was delicious.

After staying at 2 superior lodges in Zimbabwe and Zambia arriving here was an unpleasant surprise. The staff and "schedule" are strict. During our briefing we were Told the schedule for the next 3 days. All 4 of us did not want to do the Bushmen and we had to push hard to have it removed from the schedule. Two of us asked if we could see meerkat the next day and were told "no" even though the meerkat was one of the most influential reasons why they booked at the lodge.

The script for the briefing was less than factual. We were told 1) that we could ask for our laundry to be completed early; and 2) that the beverages were available to us 24/7.

1) Laundry was not returned in the evenings and we had to ask for it the following morning. We then asked if we could have it by dinnertime so we could pack and staff reacted rudely and said it is not possible.

2) Everyone returned from an evening drive to find padlocks on the beverages. Staff seemed put out by having to find the key and open the containers. They allowed each of us to take 1 beverage and then forced us back to our individual tents. We were unable to enjoy the common areas and talk about our excitement at having just seen 4 cheetah and an aardvark.

Last comment about the strict schedule...we were expected to be up for a 6AM breakfast even though our flight was at 11am. We pushed back and were able to "sleep in" and have breakfast at 8am.
After the experiences at previous lodges we felt constantly rushed here. No additional time was given even if you were late because an elephant was blocking the walking path.

My last concern is that I saw one of the trackers/drivers [thankfully, not ours] sneaking wine after lunch. The trackers are undoubtedly very familiar with the area but I'd prefer mine to be driving me around without having consumed.

The environment of the surrounding area and wildlife was amazing. I highly recommend the Makgadikgadi Pans but I cannot recommend this lodge, unfortunately."
Average
Location
Excellent
Service
Average
Activities
Average
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good

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