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Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs L from Surrey

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

2

Lodges stayed in

4

Excursions taken

0

Nov 2021 trip

Botswana and 1 other country between 22 Nov 2021 and 2 Dec 2021

Trip rating: Excellent
"Botswana was as amazing as we had imagined...in this ongoing pandemic it was like coming alive again.

Our return to 11 nights in a UK quarantine hotel somewhat detracted from the overall experience but this was no reflection on Botswana or ExpertAfrica.

Maruska's knowledge and patience in planning an itinerary that we would enjoy was invaluable. But her assistance in dealing with the difficulties presented by the Omicron variant, reorganising plans for our return and reassuring our family, was truly appreciated and demonstrated her care and concern.

Many thanks!"

Feedback response

We’re delighted that this trip to Botswana was so amazing – but we’re sorry about the subsequent hotel quarantine.

These travellers left the UK on 22 November for Botswana, as news broke about the new ‘Omicron’ variant of Covid. In response, on 26 November the UK imposed hotel quarantine on arrivals from a ‘red list’ of six Southern African countries.

These travellers we unlucky enough to be caught by this: so when they returned to the UK on the 1 December they had to quarantine in a hotel near Heathrow Airport.

The emerged from their quarantine around 12 Dec, and the ‘red list’ quarantine rules were scrapped about three days later, on 15 December – having been in place for less than three weeks.

In total, we have sent about 450 travellers to Africa during the Covid pandemic in 2020-21. As far as we know, to date these are the only Expert Africa travellers to have had to quarantine in a hotel on their return from Africa.

Arranged By Maruska AdyeRowe


Tau Pan Camp

Tau Pan Camp

"Tau Pan Camp review"

2 nights Arrived 23 Nov 2021
"We especially enjoyed the remoteness of Tau Pan and its position on a small ridge giving wonderful expansive views at sunrise and sunset. The dry heat of the day eased into cooler evenings and nights for sleeping.

Our guide and tracker were well informed and keen to show us what we wanted to see, not just the big 5. There is a lot happening in the desert if you look!

For an adrenalin rush, an adult cheetah and her 2 sub adult young stalking, chasing and killing a baby springbok was an amazing sight!"
Excellent
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Lebala Camp

Lebala Camp

"Lebala Camp review"

2 nights Arrived 25 Nov 2021
"In contrast the remoteness of Tau Pan, Lebala felt a busier place especially at mealtimes and with accommodation set closer together, at times this meant overhearing guests instead of the sounds of the night.

Again our guide and tracker were informative and keen to show us all aspects of the diversity of this lush riverine environment.

So many birds and so many antelope!"
Excellent
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location
Good
Service
Good
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Kwara Camp

Kwara Camp

"Kwara Camp review"

3 nights Arrived 27 Nov 2021
"Kwara was very luxurious, with tents well spaced, so private and quiet.

Wildlife was all around, with encounters with giraffe, impala and wild dogs on our actual doorstep.

The guide and tracker were very well informed and keen to share their knowledge, enabling us to better understand the environment of The Delta and to see its wildlife. We had some wonderful sightings of five lionesses and their cubs of varying ages, one day squabbling over a small kill, and then an unsuccessful hunt. And the next day, sleeping and satiated having taken down three adult zebra overnight and guarding two of the carcasses for later!

The highlight has to be wild dogs hunting impala through the camp past us on the path, then watching a successful hunt from the breakfast campfire as they stampeded the Lechwe back and forth, into and around the lake!"
Excellent
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
Facilities
Excellent
City Lodge OR Tambo

City Lodge OR Tambo

"City Lodge OR Tambo review"

1 night Arrived 30 Nov 2021
"Convenient, clean, comfortable.

No aircraft noise (as airport not functioning at capacity?)"
Good
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location
Excellent
Service
Good
Activities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good

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