Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs C from Brentwood, Essex


Our Oct 2015 safari to Tanzania/Kenya

On this trip, I visited Kenya & Tanzania between 2-Oct-2015 and 12-Oct-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Our transfer from Olakari to Rekaro was very tedious with 2 flights and 2 35km road journeys quite apart from delay at Kenya immigration. The new EVisa was not fully understood by border control. The transfer from Wilson Airport to Jomo Kenyatta Airport was long and dusty but might have been even longer if routing through Nairobi itself. Kicheche camp location was a bit disappointing.

Our trip was amazing but even after planning nearly a year prior we were not able to experience our first choice camp in Naboisho especially as we only saw one vehicle with 2 people from Naboisho Assilia camp over 3 days when we were told that that camp was full.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olakira, Tanzania
3-Oct-2015 review: Great staff and animals at Olakira.
ExcellentExcellent
Rekero, Kenya
6-Oct-2015 review: Beautiful situation on the river bank.
ExcellentExcellent
Kicheche Valley , Kenya
9-Oct-2015 review: Peaceful camp location at Kicheche
GoodGood

A thoroughly enjoyable trip to Botswana.

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 10-Mar-2010 and 16-Mar-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip to Botswana.

We look forward to returning to Africa soon, perhaps to Lagoon & Lebala or the migration in Tanzania or Kenya.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kwara Camp, Botswana
10-Mar-2010 review: Kwara Camp review
GoodGood
Nxai Pan Camp, Botswana
13-Mar-2010 review: Nxai Pan Camp review
GoodGood

Zambia & Mozambique Experience

On this trip, I visited Mozambique & South Africa between 15-Sep-2008 and 14-Oct-2008 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

Having been on 10 previouse safaris in most of Southern Africa we were disappointed with our trip to the three camps in Zambia. Apart from a general paucity of game and probably still feeling the effects of poaching and constant either accidental or deliberate bush fires in Lufupa the Puku safari as set out in the brochure and the animal information on each camp did not match what we found generally but specifically at Lufupaas regards the camp and game. Whilst we had the same driver and guide it was asking a lot of him to drive and spot animals without a spotter to help.

The Musanza camp experience was good and both Lufupa and Musanza gave a real authenticity of being secluded and out in the bush. Lunga was a good way to finish with a bit more luxury.

The high spot of the trip was Quilalea. It was a super place for R & R and is a beautiful island with wonderful staff and accomodation. We hope the new owners will not change anything.

Feedback response

Clearly these travellers have returned feeling that they had a patchy safari – and a super time on Quilalea Island.

To put this in context, the safari element of their holiday was a ‘set-departure’ trip – which takes a week to visit three camps around northern Kafue. These safaris have the advantage that they are the least costly way to visit this park, and great continuity as they are driven and guided by one (usually excellent) guide. They have the disadvantage that some of the drives can be long, and the camps used are the simplest, and most basic camps in the northern Kafue.

Like many safaris throughout Africa, the guide drives the vehicle as well as does the guiding – although it must be noted that these trips usually also have an armed game scout who acts as an additional pair of eyes. On this particular trip, the scout was absent.

Kafue’s game isn’t as dense as some other parks in Africa. However, during their safari these travellers still saw lion, leopard, cheetah and the rare sable antelope, amongst many other species – which some would consider a good ‘tally’ of very special sightings. Kafue is the only park in Zambia where anyone could see all of these species.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Southern Sun OR Tambo, South Africa
7-Oct-2008 review: Good stopover at Southern Sun Airport Hotel
GoodGood
Azura at Quilalea, Mozambique
8-Oct-2008 review: Great time at Quilalea Island
ExcellentExcellent