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Travel reviews by Dr & Mrs W from UK

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

3

Excursions taken

0

Our September 2014 Safari to Zambia

Zambia between 13 Sep 2014 and 4 Oct 2014

Trip rating: Excellent
"Apart from the British Airways initial seating 'hiccup', the whole trip was wonderful.

Worth mentioning: one couple arriving at Kaingo after us (travel agent unknown) had flown with Emirates and said the change in Dubai had been very tight with only 1.5 hours. Having been to Dubai a few times, this made sense to us.

Later, at Sausage Tree Camp, another couple had suffered a slightly late departure from Heathrow and were actually prevented from flying onwards from Dubai because their bags would not make it to the connecting plane. This meant that they missed a night in camp and all the activities for the 24-hour period involved. Extremely disappointing for them.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

It might be worth including in the standard letter as a matter of course that Tours Africa meet your clients airside on arrival at Lusaka.

They waved us through without further queuing, took passports and visa fee to the immigration officer for us, adding on a few extra days in case of emergency and really made the process painless. They were so friendly and helpful with luggage etc. The service was barely different from our visit in 2006."

Arranged By Megan Green


Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs Camp

"Flatdogs Camp"

1 night Arrived 14 Sep 2014
"We were very glad to spend a night here after about 30 hours' travelling but we enjoyed it so much that we would have loved to have stayed longer.

Next morning, our pass to the South Luangwa NP for the following 8 nights was arranged at the gate then we thoroughly enjoyed an early morning game drive to 'kickstart' the safari. We returned for a very good breakfast then were driven to our next camp in time for lunch. This was all handled very efficiently and with great friendliness."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Kaingo Camp

Kaingo Camp

"A wonderful time at Kaingo Camp"

8 nights Arrived 15 Sep 2014
"This Zambia safari was surely our best ever. We spent 8 nights at Kaingo, indulging in game drives (we ought to have done some walking but we have walked before and, as keen photographers, see more from a vehicle). We were never more than 2 per seat with a grand all-round view. Yoram and also Derek himself and Patrick found and positioned us for some great game viewing, ably assisted by Raban or Philimon as spotters. By staying more nights than is possibly usual, we covered so much ground and habitat and we built on our own bit of knowledge.

We visited the Mwamba and Hippo hides, plus of course the Carmine Bee-eater hide which is a fantastic way to spend time watching these colourful birds squabbling over nesting holes, poking their heads out like 'gossips' along a street, flipping sand out backwards and spraying all below.

We could not eat all that was provided, ONLY because it was so generous, but also delicious. Sky, the chef, and his team did us proud - not least a wonderful surprise bush birthday party beside the Luangwa river for one of us, with all the camp guests and staff present. Robyn so kindly made a birthday card.

Lisa (who also has her own business) had taken over temporary running of the Camp admin at short notice and was a star! She was full of good humour, from serving coffee before dawn until we all retired at night. In fact everyone was so friendly, helpful, full of smiles and jokes and couldn't do enough for us.

Early mornings on an open, moving vehicle were a bit chilly at first but, not a problem as blankets were provided and also simple but effective cloth covers to protect cameras from dust.

Not surprisingly, elephants and hippo would wander through camp, eating as they went; timid bushbucks would graze behind the cottages; colourful birds would gather on bushes or on stranded tree stumps to catch fish or insects. We would have loved to have stayed even longer."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Good
Sausage Tree Camp

Sausage Tree Camp

"Sausage Tree Camp"

11 nights Arrived 23 Sep 2014
"We were lucky enough to spend 11 nights at Sausage Tree Camp and, by now, so gripped by Zambia's spell that, when the time came, we did not want to leave! Nicci and Alan were superb hosts, so too Carol and all the guides - Kyle, Charles, Ryan... Great good humour prevailed amongst all in camp, guests and staff alike, with lots of smiles and laughs. Tabs, our muchinda, looked after us so well, taking great care over our tent, our laundry, early morning coffee and creating lovely decorations.

We were treated to a bush breakfast, a feet-cooling river buffet lunch and a delicious bush dinner. We chose not to do the canoeing but thoroughly enjoyed 3 fishing trips, when Alan still found time to position the boat for osprey photos!

There is a large swimming pool for cooling off during the heat of early afternoon and a room fan can also act as hairdryer, although the heat will quickly dry anything. Again there was a blanket for early morning chills and bean bags for stabilising the camera.

Sausage Tree provides all guests with private guiding and we considered ourselves so lucky to go with Alan, himself an ethical man and very keen photographer with a growing repertoire of great shots. His knowledge, experience, tracking, hard work and enthusiasm led to some very exciting and varied game viewing. His instincts for this or that animal's behaviour assisted anticipation to capture the best moments. We can't wait to go back!"
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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