Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Dr & Mrs S from Oregon

My Jun 2019 trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe between 7-Jun-2019 and 13-Jul-2019 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Our information and discourse was always with Maruska who was meticulous, knowledgeable and detailed in the planning with regard to our trip. We cannot thank her enough for the planning that was executed flawlessly, that reduced the anxiety of the multitude of transfer and connection flights that occurred within our itinerary.

The execution on the ground and air by the operators was flawless and any oddities that occurred were developments that could not be predicted by Expert Africa or their employees. Updates are required by direct observation and on site verification. We hope that we have provided them for you in this review in an objective manner that is factual without any bias or drama. Of course, there are always two sides to a story and after submission of our comments to any of the operators, if there is a discrepancy of the events that occurred, we are happy to respond or reply in kind. Our comments are also documented by photos of the elephants on the walkways and streets near the Vic Falls Hotel and in the case of the excessive call to prayer by the Imam near the Machweo hotel, we have a live, timed recording to document this annoyance.

Otherwise, it would be hard to improve upon the suggestion of camps recommended by Maruska in the Kalahari or Zambia for the quality of service and most importantly, for the wildlife that was observed.

We think we are seasoned travelers and it is not often that we would ever lavish such praise upon a an individual or company that helped us so much with the arrangements but Expert Africa and Maruska are to be commended. So please accept our sincerest thanks for an itinerary well planned and executed. If Maruska can put in the time and effort to plan this trip, we can certainly take the time and effort to evaluate in kind. Thank you.

Greg & Kathy

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service: We never looked at brochures, website or general literature etc. from Expert Africa. Perhaps we missed something. I think we have already given our suggestions in this extensive evaluation process on how to improve such trips. Fortunately, there was not much need for that.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
7-Jun-2019 review: Victoria Falls Hotel Review
San Camp, Botswana
11-Jun-2019 review: San Camp Review
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
14-Jun-2019 review: Kaingo Camp review
Radisson Blu Hotel, Zambia
19-Jun-2019 review: Radisson Blu Hotel review
Machweo, Tanzania
2-Jul-2019 review: Machweo review
Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania
4-Jul-2019 review: Greystoke Mahale review
Airport Planet Lodge, Tanzania
8-Jul-2019 review: Airport Planet Lodge review
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport, Kenya
9-Jul-2019 review: Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport review
Excursion Overall rating
Safari in Arusha National Park, Tanzania
3-Jul-2019 review: Safari in Arusha National Park review