Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs M from London
Total number of trips
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Our Aug 2022 trip to Namibia
Namibia between 17 Aug 2022 and 7 Sep 2022
Although driving distances were long, the fabulous scenery with everlasting landscape (and animals) you see along the way certainly make up for this.
Our only regret was we should have stayed longer!
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
Certainly can't think of anything at this time. Our 2nd trip with Expert Africa and we are sure there will be many more in the near future!"
Arranged By Tom Morris
"Olive Grove "
Hoodia Desert Lodge
"Hoodia Desert Lodge "
Lovely lounge & bar area with log fire."
Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion
"Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion"
19 Aug 2022 • All-day excursion
Lucas was very knowledgeable and explained the history of the dunes. He took us a different route to all the other tours so we enjoyed the dunes by ourselves without the crowds. We then walked down a dune to Deadvlei which was incredible to see and wasn't very busy.
We had a lovely lunch amongst the dunes in a private spot and then visited Sesriem Canyon before arriving back to the lodge at 4.30pm.
"Cornerstone Guesthouse "
They also very kindly reconfirmed our excursions for the following 2 days.
Our room was very large with a lovely patio. Just a few minutes walk into town or to the ocean."
Coast and Sandwich Harbour
"Coast and Sandwich Harbour "
21 Aug 2022 • All-day excursion
We were picked up at 8.30am and collected another 4 people en route. Fabulous seeing thousands of flamingo's along the seafront. Very exciting drive up and down the dunes and along the ocean (thank goodness Leon was an excellent driver). We were very lucky with the weather that allowed us to do this.
The views were incredible. We saw several jackal, ostrich, springbok and an oryx with baby.
A very tasty picnic lunch in the dunes and arrived back around 4.30pm.
Kayaking with seals
"Kayaking with seals "
22 Aug 2022 • Morning excursion
Upon arrival at Pelican Point we were given waterproof clothing (although I still managed to get wet somehow so be prepared). Within a few minutes of launching our kayak into the sea we were surrounded by hundreds of seals all wanting to play with us. We had them jumping up the side of us and jumping on our kayak. When they got used to us they loved to be stroked. We had the most amazing hour and half with them.
Our guide came out in a kayak and during the time took fabulous photos of us (around 70 photos) which are available to download from their website (free of charge) so we have some great memories. We then had coffee and snacks before heading back.
A fabulous trip which we highly recommend.
"Camp Kipwe "
We booked the morning game drive in search of the desert adapted elephants. On our way we were lucky to see a huge family of Ostrich including babies. We soon found a herd of around 16 elephants including tiny babies. We had a wonderful time with them. Our guide Ziggy made sure we had the best viewing points and they came up so close to us with one of them touching my arm as it passed by me. We also saw 5 giraffes.
We enjoyed a coffee in a raised spot above where they were. We then followed the elephants for their drink at a man made waterhole provided by a local village.
In the afternoon we had booked the tour to see the rock carvings at Twyfelfontein which although these were very nice to see it was far too hot. Absolutely no shade and some steep climbing which was not good in the extreme heat. In hindsight we wish we had spent the afternoon relaxing at Camp Kipwe and drove ourselves here the following morning early where we could have paid a small entrance fee and had the same guide to show us around in less heat."
Hoanib Valley Camp
"Hoanib Valley Camp "
The following day we had an early morning game drive (was in a closed vehicle with drop down windows and pop up roof) in search of what we were hoping a dessert adapted lion. Unfortunately no lions and to be honest not many animals at all. We saw 1 bull elephant, several giraffes, few Oryx, Steenbok & lots of Springbok.
In the afternoon we went on a trip with our guide to visit a nearby Himba Tribe Village. This was fabulous and certainly made up for the disappointment of seeing such few animals earlier. The tribe was lovely and welcomed us to view their huts. We also had great fun playing with their children. It was a very nice experience and would certainly recommend.
The following morning Joanas drove us back to Sesfontein to pick up our car. We assumed this would be in the same closed vehicle we had experienced throughout our stay. It was actually in an open vehicle where we were blown to pieces and very cold on a very fast bumpy 1 3/4 hour drive. My quibble with this is why on earth take us on a game drive in a closed vehicle with limited visibility and then use an open one for the transfer??
Apart from our disappointment with the lack of animals it was still an incredible experience to stay here."
Desert Rhino Camp
"Desert Rhino Camp "
William took myself & husband for a sundowner drive and then we came back and had a brief chat with the Save the Rhino guys who would be out trekking with us the following day. We were then driven out along with the other ladies for a fabulous BBQ bush dinner. The staff were incredible here. They introduced dinner every night with not only their fabulous singing but watching them describe the dinner menu in English & Local was like watching a show in a theatre. Was truly spectacular and something we have never witnessed before on our travels.
The 2 of us set off the following morning along with our guide William in search of the desert adapted black rhino. After about 4 hours of hard driving the SRT team who were in another vehicle told us they had found 2 coming towards us in the distance. We got out and followed the team on foot a little way. The 2 rhino were in the very far distance but to be honest you needed binoculars to see them. We watched for a few minutes and they then ran off.
We were told that they had unfortunately smelt our vehicle which made them turn away. So we were unlucky not to have the experience of seeing them up close. Very disappointed! We then had a nice picnic lunch and a further 5 hour hard drive back to camp where no more rhino sightings occurred. We did see 3 giraffe, some springbok and a jackal.
We were told upon arrival back we were now the only 2 guests staying at the camp for the next 2 days which was very nice and they set a lovely table up for us around the pool with a delicious dinner.
The following day we opted out of another day of Rhino trekking as we found it too hard going the previous day driving for nearly 10 hours (extremely bumpy with the wind in your face) without seeing much. Instead we relaxed around the pool and enjoyed their wonderful hospitality.
William drove us the following morning back to our car (1 1/2 hours). He was a superb guide and it was just unfortunate that we didn't get to see rhino's closer, nevertheless overall it was a great experience to stay here."
"Safarihoek Lodge "
After the drive she drove us to the hide overlooking the waterhole for a surprise BBQ dinner along with the other guests. This was was nice but very cramped with hardly any space between each guest sitting in a long table.
We had a further 2 game drives the following day which although good we didn't see nearly as much as we did on our first drive so a bit hit and miss. Although we did see a spitting Zebra Cobra with head up which Mumsy said was a rare sighting and has requested from us the excellent photo my husband managed to capture of it!
We didn't see the member of staff that greeted us so warmly upon our arrival again and have to say some of the staff that were on duty the 2nd day and indeed breakfast on our last morning (terrible service) were not so friendly"
Onguma Tented Camp
"Onguma Tented Camp"
The 2nd night we were booked on the Dream Cruiser sleep out which was a great experience. We were driven about half an hour from the camp by Samuel to the Cruiser which overlooks a waterhole. He showed us around and explained everything including the walkie talkie should we need assistance! Champange, drinks and canapés all provided for us. He left and about 40 mins later the chef arrived with our picnic dinner in a hamper which he set up for us. We were then left to enjoy dinner and sleep under the stars.
Next morning Samuel arrived with coffee and biscuits which we enjoyed watching some Zebra at the waterhole. He then came back for us at 7.40am to take us back to the lodge for breakfast. It was a one-off experience which we are so pleased we booked.
The only thing we would have liked better is to have the chance to arrive at the Cruiser earlier. We left the lodge at 5pm so arriving at 5.30pm by the time Samuel had gone through everything the sun was already going down rapidly and before we knew it it was dark. An hour earlier would have allowed us to take our time over a sundowner or 2 before the chef arriving without being so rushed!"
Okonjima Bush Camp
"Okonjima Bush Camp "
We had a group of warthogs drinking and bathing in the waterhole also visited by springbok and sable. We had Zebra roaming outside and on one morning we woke up to several giraffes in the very near distance with a couple of young ones laying in the grass.
We went on 4 Leopard trekking drives during our stay and Gabriel our guide was determined and did his upmost to find leopards for us. We managed to see 6 different ones including one with his Aardvark kill up a tree being stalked by another leopard plus a brown Hyena which all was very exciting.
We also visited the Africat Centre which was very interesting and found the 2 Cheetahs that live in the reserve ( in around 60 acres). Very nice to get up close to these and take some photos. Gabriel also arranged for us to watch from the hide the 2 lions having a feed that have been raised here since cubs when they lost their mother.
All the staff here were very friendly."
My April 2022 trip
Seychelles between 31 Mar 2022 and 27 Apr 2022
Extremely impressed with Expert Africa and the service we received from Lucy."
Arranged By Lucy Copson
Double Tree by Hilton Allamanda Resort & Spa
"Double Tree by Hilton Allamanda Resort & Spa review"
Breakfast & Dinner buffet style and food was of a reasonable standard. Glad we opted for half board as no restaurants really within walking distance and we wouldn't have liked to drive ourselves at night.
Generally the staff were friendly but have to admit the service especially for lunch/drinks in the pool/bar area was very poor."
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Private Mahe Island Excursion - Full Day
"Private Mahe Island Excursion - Full Day review"
3 Apr 2022 • All-day excursion
Highly recommend to take this excursion at the start of the trip so you can get a real feel of the island and know where you want to return to spend more time and enjoy at your own leisure.
Cerf Island Resort
"Cerf Island Resort review"
Lovely Villa although could do with some more lighting as very dark especially with the surrounding foliage.
All staff were very friendly and food was of a reasonable standard."
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Coco de Mer Hotel
"Coco de Mer Hotel review"
Pleased we had booked half board as not really any restaurants within walking distance and we didn't want to drive ourselves at night. The buffet breakfast & dinners we had were all of a good standard with lots of choice.
We ate lunch a few times in the Terrace Bar & Restaurant which was always excellent."
Le Nautique Waterfront Hotel, La Digue
"Le Nautique Waterfront Hotel, La Digue review"
Our room, food & drinks - all excellent.
A lovely experience and so pleased we chose to stay here."
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Denis Island Lodge
"Denis Island Lodge review"
The food was delicious served by the most attentive staff.
Our deluxe beach cottage was beautiful with an impressive outdoor bathroom. The only negative was the amount of mosquitos in this area. We really had to cover ourselves in repellant all day and night (and still managed to get bites). We feel the hotel could have provided some insect repellent spray and mosquito coil burners for the bathroom/toilet area which might have helped."
L'Escale Resort Marina & Spa
"L'Escale Resort Marina & Spa review"
A luxurious hotel overlooking the Marina and we were given a lovely ocean view room. Dinner albeit expensive was very good."
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Our luxury room was lovely.
Breakfast the following morning also very good."