Travel reviews by DeGoler Clan from CA, USA
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Jun 2021 trip
Rwanda and 3 other countries between 19 Jun 2021 and 19 Jul 2021
1) Expert Africa,
2) Giving Back to Africa,
3) Enjoying the benefits of traveling during Covid.
First, Expert Africa, and in particular Maruska, helped us work through all the challenges that Covid 19 presented during planning. Our original trip was for 2020 so we had to deal with many flight changes and reworked our complicated itinerary several times. When planning for 2021 there were important details Maruska worked through for us regarding transitions between countries, all of which required covid testing and declaration documents etc. It was a little tricky because we were traveling to so many countries over just a couple of weeks, but with Expert Africa's help it all came together perfectly. Having Expert Africa people on the ground in each country understanding the situations and meeting us and smoothing the way at every step made it painless and very VIP. Everywhere we went in all countries the local people were very helpful and understanding.
Secondly, the locals who rely on tourism were so happy to see us that it made our trip that much more rewarding. We felt like we were giving back to them by supporting their important tourism industry all the while we got to experience a most amazing vacation.
And third, we were able to enjoy our sightseeing with limited other tourists which made it all absolutely exclusive and magical. Our transfers and flights were awesome because we had room to spread out. The number of guests at the hotels, lodges, safari camps was still low and again we were able to feel like we had the places nearly to ourselves which was very exclusive and lovely.
Everyone we came into contact with was vaccinated, as it is a regulation of the travel and tourism industry and so we were very safe from Covid and never worried.
This was an amazing trip two years in the planning and so we had very very high expectations that were not in any way dampened by covid details - in fact, we benefited by traveling now when we did. Our trip far exceeded our expectations."
Arranged By Maruska Adye-Rowe
Heaven Boutique Hotel
"Heaven Boutique Hotel review"
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
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Kigali Serena Hotel
"Kigali Serena Hotel review"
Gorilla Trekking Safari
"Gorilla Trekking Safari review"
21 Jun 2021 • Morning excursion
Kigali Tour and Genocide Memorial Visit
"Kigali Tour and Genocide Memorial Visit review"
22 Jun 2021 • All-day excursion
Constance Ephelia Resort
"Constance Ephelia Resort review"
"Ilala Lodge review"
Ra-Ikane River Cruise
"Ra-Ikane River Cruise review"
29 Jun 2021 • All-day excursion
"Sable Alley review"