Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs G from EastEwell
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Our July/August 2016 Zambia safari
Zambia between 25 Jul 2016 and 9 Aug 2016
Good game viewing seeing the majority of animals including lion, leopard, genet, wild dogs, buffalo, hippos, elephant, antelope, and also lots of others. Also good bird life viewing.
As always the guided walking were very well organised and with excellent guides (especially Kanga), also good spotting of animals on walks.
Having been to Zambia 4/5 times now we wonder if there are less lions than there used to be, there is some hunting allowed adjacent to some of the park boundaries and does this affect numbers and cause more inter-breeding? We did see lions but not in large numbers, max 3 at one time and no cubs were seen, but it was said there were 2/3 cubs in the areas we were at."
Luangwa River Camp
"Luangwa River Camp review"
Robin Pope Safaris walking safari
"Robin Pope Safaris walking safari review"
My Jul 2014 trip
Tanzania between 22 Jul 2014 and 7 Aug 2014
An excellent trip overall with good quality guiding and a high standard of food and service. The walking availability at Chada could have been limited due to shortage of qualified staff when other clients were involved in fly camping, however, the camp manager made the effort to bring in a ranger to enable us to take part in the walking activities, which we very much appreciated. Similarly, it appeared that the Camp manager at Little Oliver's was the only qualified walking guide. We were fortunated to enjoy his expert guiding on two consecutive days, but if he had been otherwise occupied we would not have been so lucky and the enjoyment of our time there would have been affected. I feel it is important to make sure that if walking is advertised as an option at a particular lodge/camp then it is vital that qualified staff are available at all times so that guests are able to enjoy this. We did enjoy the walking option at 3 out of 4 camps, but our impression was that the camps rather expect that most clients wish to be in the vehicle most/all of the time. Perhaps the walking safari idea is less well developed in Tanzania compared to other countries such as Zambia.
Tanzania does seem an American destination so it is sometimes a lttle pertinent for the staff at the camp, or the guides, to ensure they manage the groups of guests accordingly (particularly when children are involved).
Also we were encouraged to confirm our holiday registration as parts of it were getting booked up (particularly Greystoke Mahale) only for us to find out when we got there that this was because a group of 9 (Americans) has a block booking which made the ambience of this lodge as little imbalanced for us and the other couple staying there as the maximum it could take is only 12 or so persons.
Also, given the amount of flying and some of the distances between destinations we were finding this did eat into our time on safari. Between Serengeti and Little Oliver's camp we flew Serengeti - Arusha - Little Oliver's for some reason. Thus with this itinerary the travel distance & thus time does add up compared to other safaris we have been on and slightly ditracted from the safari.
With ref to the above comment about a large block booking at a small lodge we'd have liked a little bit more checking on these issues as we booked our trip, as this did distract a little bit from the select nature of the trip. Especially considering the amount we had paid for the holiday each."
Arranged By Elizabeth Chapman
Rivertrees Country Inn
"Rivertrees Country Inn review"
"Chada Camp review"
"Greystoke Mahale review"
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp
"Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp review"
Little Oliver's Camp
"Little Oliver's Camp review"
July 2012 S Luangwa Valley/Lower Zambezi Trip
Zambia between 14 Jul 2012 and 28 Jul 2012
The S Luangwa National Park in combination with the Lower Zambezi is a good combination for all considering a trip to Zambia. If going to the S Luangwa area don't miss out on the Robin Pope Bush Camping experience with Deb for 3 days, it was the highlight of the trip with a very knowledgeable, and patient, guide."
"Tena Tena Camp Safari experience"
Robin Pope Safaris bush-camp
"S Luangwa Bush Camping Experience"
"Nsefu Camp Experience"
"Nkwali Camp, Mfuwe"
Old Mondoro Bushcamp
"Old Mondoro Bush Camp Experience"
"Chiawa Camp Experience"
Rwanda, Luangwa and Livingstone Safari Trip
Zambia and 2 other countries between 26 Jul 2008 and 9 Aug 2008
South Luangwa lived up to our usual expections and the guys at Tafika base camp and the bush camps of Chikoko and Crocodile are some of the best in the area making a very good safari experience. My only comments here is they have to be careful when veting people to go on the bush camp trips as the make up of a group may affect the pleasure others get in this trip, i.e. mixing families with children with others on such a trip can be a downer. But certainly bush camps are for those who wish the real safari experience.
Toko Laya Safari Camp is an ideal place to finish yoru safari and catch the sights of Livingstone and the falls, a very well run and organsied camp despite having been only open since May 2008. A tribute to some of the good staff they have. The only issue that being in the game park next Livingstone it is not really a big game experince with no cats and not masses of wildlife. But a good place to relax and cover various experinces offered by the lodge.
Suggestions for improvement:
we were very well dealt with by Expert Africa and appreciated the opportunities to disucss fully when we wished to review/modify the itinerary."
"Mountain Gorillas Nest review"
"Macushla House review"
Chikoko Tree Camp
"Chikoko Tree Camp review"
"Crocodile Bushcamp review"
Toka Leya Camp