Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs lion Southampton


A great trip

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 23-Jun-2017 and 2-Jul-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Can't thank Richard enough for his advice and the way he set the trip up. We were really pleased with all aspects of the holiday. I can quite understand why Richard is so keen on the Conservancies and the Kicheche camps.

I can't actually think of any way in which the trip could have gone off more smoothly.

We were very impressed with Southern Cross and the Eka hotel and the transfers went like a dream. All the managers and staff at both camps were superb. Nothing was too much trouble. As for the game, and particularly cat sightings. Wow! 2500 plus photos after initial editing says it all.

In conclusion, the highest praise I can give is that if we decide to do a similar trip we'll be contacting Richard and Expert Africa to organise it with every confidence!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Eka Hotel, Kenya
23-Jun-2017 review: Eka hotel Nairobi
GoodGood
Kicheche Valley, Kenya
24-Jun-2017 review: Kicheche valley camp
ExcellentExcellent
Kicheche Bush Camp, Kenya
27-Jun-2017 review: Kicheche bush camp
ExcellentExcellent

Expert Africa triumph again

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 26-Jun-2008 and 6-Jul-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We were very happy with the organisation and reality of the trip. Everything went smoothly and there were no snags. Timing for each section was good and at no stage did we have to rush to make a deadline. All staff that we dealt with throughout the holiday were efficient. Many were exceptionally friendly and made us very welcome.

Being a bit of an animal enthusiast, I do think it is important to stress that certain species are unlikely to be seen. I was disappointed to be told that certain species were not found in the locality of the camps despite assuming from comments in the guide that they were around ie Roan, Sable.

Having said that, there was plenty of game, and for safari newcomers, more than enough species to keep them happy.

Suggestions for improvement:
We have had two excellent trips with your company in the last two years. Both were competitively priced, superbly organised, and delived more than was promised. Ellie is a gem who updated us at every opportunity and who provided me with specific information on the two camps that we visited as she had been to both herself. Her level of knowledge was far higher than that we have experienced from reps of other companies and,as we have now been on safari eight times, we are really impressed.

Your website is the best around for imparting information and I like the visitors comments and general organisation that it contains.
Could I suggest that you update your info about cameras in the travel book you issue. More info about digital cameras, suitability for getting batteries charged, size of memory cards, dangers of heat and dust would help a lot of first time safari travellers.

In general though, carry on with your excellent work.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
27-Jun-2008 review: A happy time at Selous Impala
ExcellentExcellent
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
1-Jul-2008 review: Mwagusi aims to please
GoodGood
Serena Hotel Dar, Tanzania
5-Jul-2008 review: Royal Palm Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent