Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B from Glos
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My May Trip 2014
Zambia between 30 May 2014 and 11 Jun 2014
Arranged By Claire Scott
"A warm welcome at Tafika"
Chikoko Tree Camp
"Chikoko Tree Camp review"
Old Mondoro Bushcamp
"Lovely time at Old Mondoro"
Zambia between 21 Sep 2009 and 6 Oct 2009
For first timers they would be great. The walking was really good and our guides were generally excellent. The ZAWA scouts did a great job.
N Luangwa was really relaxed and more of a wilderness experience. Highly recommended."
"Good introduction to the area and wildlife."
"Cotton wool at Luwi"
“I thought I would just reply to you concerning the below feedback from the clients. I did indeed meet them at Kakuli to redress the issue. The bottom line is that they really did not like/get on with the Italian family.
Unfortunately as we were solidly booked it just so happened that they followed each other through all the camps. They did not pay for a private Guide and vehicle and due to how busy we were, we were unable to put on a guide specially for them until they got to Kakuli.
With regards to their comments on safety - it is an issue which I will not compromise on given the litigious nature of our society and the long standing reputation of professionalism in our company.”
We do understand that obeying safety rules can be frustrating, but we feel that they are vital to follow. With regards to the hippo hide, we would be unhappy if NCS took clients there without a guide or scout to accompany them. The hippo hide is on the edge of the Luwi permanent lagoon, and is often visited by wildlife – from elephant, to hyena, and even lion and leopard on occasion. Hence we are pleased that a member of staff is always present.
Safety rules, much like the safety talks at the beginning of an airline flight, may seem superfluous. However we are pleased that NCS maintains these, and would not ask them to change their methods in this regard.
We understand the frustration these clients felt when they arrived at Luwi to find that their next activity was in the afternoon. We have asked NCS to consider a later transfer to the bushcamps in future, perhaps after a morning activity and brunch at Kapani.
With regards to the arrangements for guides, clearly this didn’t work well – and we’ve discussed it with NCS to try to ensure that the same issue doesn’t happen again. We understand that the other groups had already been at Luwi for a few days, hence had already been on a few specific walks, which is why these clients were integrated this way. Sadly, the camps were full, so there was not a third guide available to guide them. We were pleased to hear that NCS made arrangements for a private vehicle for these travellers when they reached Kakuli and Mchenja.
The last word
After reading the above, our travellers commented further:
“Thanks for the feedback. However, it is important to address one misinterpretation. It is incorrect to say that we did not like or get on with the Italian group. They were very nice, like minded people and we got on very well.
Our point was simply that the group dynamic did not work on a walking safari. We do believe that six is too large a group for this activity and in this particular case mixing an 'established four' with an 'established two' did not work.
On the safety issue I accept your point on protection from litigation but, as a practicing professional safety and risk consultant, I do still feel your precautionary approach was over-protective. Anyway, we had a great time with Norman Carr Safaris.”
"Great location, over-protective."
"Luxury in the bush"