Travel reviews by Damara Dik Diks from UK
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Amazingly special trip
Tanzania and 1 other country between 11 Jul 2019 and 25 Jul 2019
The trip was in every way memorable. Each place we stayed at was great. Lyndsey had provided us with a spot on itinerary. I feel with Expert Africa we are privileged to have people who care about Africa, and who really know it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the company. I wish we could return to Africa in the future, but not sure when!
As someone who has lived in Africa and whose work a long time ago(!) was dealing with books for Africa, I feel passionately about it, and two of our three sons have lived there. Chris's books are the best, without a shadow of a doubt. The Zanzibar book is full of rich detail and I left it with Jasper to keep as he is still out in Dar. It is a superb book.
Having time with Jasper in the Selous and on Zanzibar was incredibly special. We will not forget it. Jasper was blown away by the Selous in particular. Thank you, Expert Africa. Our youngest son lived in Botswana; one day I hope to get there, but for now, from the bottom of our hearts, thank-you."
Arranged By Lyndsey Marris
"Perfect First Hotel"
Lake Manze Adventure Camp
"Magic in the wilderness"
"Gorgeous stay in historic hotel"
Stone Town Discovery Tour
"Intersesting, informative Tour"
18 Jul 2019 • All-day excursion
Sunshine Marine Lodge
"Unwinding and chilling out at Sunshine Marine"
A trip of a lifetime - unforgettable
Namibia between 1 Aug 2008 and 20 Aug 2008
Our Expert Africa team _ Maruska and latterly Gwyneth - were wonderful. Maruska - you organised it all with such thought. It was wonderful to be back in Africa and in a part I didn't know at all. Our three sons, 11, 13 and 15, will never forget this holiday. They proved such keen bird and animal watchers that they put me to shame. Their enthusiasm never faded. They, like my husband and I, were enchanted by talking to the locals. I wanted the boys to meet local people where possible. We talked to waiters and guides and cleaners wherever we could as well as to owners. Each has his tale to tell. OUr guides were so well spoken in English and so keen to get tourism going in the right direction. I pray that it will not become a spoilt country - it has so much to offer. How meals of such delicacy were prepared in such remote locations I will never know - topclass food in back of beyond locatiions with views to die for.
Once back in Windhoek, I would strongly recommend a visit to the Craft Centre. We had our final lunch there and bought things there before driving to the airport. Safe parking there too. The art and crafts are just wonderful - better than anywhere else and all under one roof - you need at least two hours there.
Re Tipping - we found it hard to know how much to give at each lodge intot the Tip Box. Could be that we were overgenerous! Also, it is often hard as one doesn't have any small notes to hand to porters etc. Need to advise travellers to try and change big notes in towns prior to driving out to the back of beyond as we sometimes ended up giving far too much to people as we had nothing small to offer and we didn't want to leave them empty handed. Car guards - good to warn people of them and the need to hand them something each time. Extra advice on the phone would be helfpul prior to departure re this.
Good walking shoes essential!No need to take swimming towels as every lodge had them and just bulks up luggage. Would not take a child younger than our youngest as a lot of driving and he was fine but anyone younger no good. Binoculars essential for each member of the family - we had enough and it made such a difference as there is so much to see at the side of road eg ostriches, oryx, springbok, baboons all seen from normal driving.
It was the most wonderful trip and the selection of lodges were fantastic and we wish we could go back there. Thank-you so much. Expert Africa went beyond all our expectations. We have given our three sons an introduction to Africa, one part of it: Namibia, and we all succumbed to its beauty and we were lucky to travel with Expert Africa."
Arranged By Maruska Adye-Rowe
Hilltop House, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
"Great, homely hotel with character"
Lodge not featured by Expert Africa
Zebra River Lodge
"Wonderful individual lodge in stunning region"
Kulala Desert Lodge
"stunning desert lodge"
"Sam makes this place special"
Coast and Sandwich Harbour
"Good trip but destination not reached!"
8 Aug 2008 • All-day excursion
Mowani Mountain Camp
"Views of such beauty and magnitude"
"Practical, very good chalet and central"
Onguma Etosha Aoba
"Superb lodge set deep in wooded area"
Frans Indongo Lodge