Travel reviews by Mr D. from London
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Mar 2023 trip
Botswana between 15 Mar 2023 and 28 Mar 2023
The three camps that I've stayed in, Tau pan, Naxi pan and Kuara are all run by Kwando safaris. The camps, situated in great locations, were stylish, spacious, comfortable and clean.
The teams were friendly, profesional, easy to talk to and made us as wellcome as possible.
The food was varied and tasty, pesonally I love a buffet and was spoiled with alternative dishes to accomodate my lactose intolerance.
The tents/rooms were enormous and very comfortable.
All the guides and trackers that I've spent time with were cheerful motivated and knowledgable.
Being the rainy season I knew that animal sighting could be patchy, although pleasingly Naxi pan was busy with wildlife due to the limited water supply.
I was delighted to find out that most people I've met were repeat visitors to Africa, some many times over.
Overall I was satisfied with my holiday. Unfortunately the Okanango section of my trip didn't live up to expectations due to few animal sitings."
Arranged By Lucy Copson
Tau Pan Camp
"Tau Pan Camp review"
Nxai Pan Camp
"Nxai Pan Camp review"
"Kwara Camp review"
My Oct 2018 trip
Tanzania between 17 Oct 2018 and 29 Oct 2018
The time of year (October) was perfect and a significant consideration for us as in the dry season the two rivers here provide the only water in this arid area, becoming an exciting hot spot for prey and predators alike. Sightings got better as the days passed and I wished we could have stayed much longer to enjoy every opportunity that would have undoubtedly presented itself before the rains. However, I was more that satisfied with our sightings and wildlife encounters.
Selous was exiting in different ways. We were spoiled with animal sightings around Lake Manze and also around the camp which was set amongst beautiful lush clumps of palms along the lake shores. However there were far fewer sightings away from the main body of water. Surprisingly we found that the zebras and eland that we came across were extremely skittish, but the lake itself was the biggest and best delight of all. As the water in the lake diminished and became very shallow it attracted thousands of waterbirds congregating for a fishing bonanza. The bird life was diverse and spectacular, from pelicans to yellow billed storks, spoonbills, marabous, numerous egret species, kingfishers, skimmers and lots of crocodiles, each using their own technique to catch the unbelievable amount of fish, which at times jumped out of the shrinking muddy water. I've never seen so many fish eagles in one place and watching them dive in succession gave me plenty of photo opportunities to try and get the perfect shot.
The walking safaris in both locations felt like a bit of an afterthought and certainly not consistent with the high standard of bush-walks in places like Zambia and Botswana. The walks were very short with few route options if you wanted to do more than one walk."
Arranged By Lyndsey Marris
Ikuka Safari Camp
"Luxury lodge, very comfortable and friendly"
Mwagusi Safari Camp
"Excellent location in the heart of the bush"
Lake Manze Adventure Camp