Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs L from Hinckley


Victoria Falls, Hwange and Mana Pools

On this trip, I visited Zimbabwe between 13-Jun-2019 and 25-Jun-2019 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

I suspect that if we had not had many years experience of safaris, I would have been (Very Satisfied). However, although there were several truly wonderful times, overall, the game viewing was "average" for much of the time .... long hours driving seeing not a great deal. Whether this was due to the time of year/local climate/bad luck ... who knows. This said, the guides were excellent, the camps comfortable and we were lucky to have a vehicle to ourselves for much of the time. Victoria Falls was lovely and as dramatic as expected.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
14-Jun-2019 review: Ilala Lodge review
GoodGood
Camp Hwange, Zimbabwe
17-Jun-2019 review: Camp Hwange review
ExcellentExcellent
Vundu Camp, Zimbabwe
20-Jun-2019 review: Vundu Camp review
GoodGood
Excursion Overall rating
Ra-Ikane River Cruise, Zimbabwe
16-Jun-2019 review: Ra-Ikane River Cruise review
GoodGood

Kenya 2017

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 6-Dec-2017 and 18-Dec-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Another extremely enjoyable visit to Kenya.

Loldia House is a good place to start, offering a beautiful house that is not difficult to get to from Nairobi.

The Mara was ... the Mara! Cats all over the place - we even saw leopard on four occasions - the weather was lovely during the day, with rain just on a couple of occasions late on.

The standards at Governors' were as high - in all aspects - as we have previously experienced and although not the cheapest place to stay, you do "get what you pay for". Note, if you want to get best value from them, opt to take breakfast with you on the early drive ... we were out for the best part of six hours each morning with another 3 - 31/2 hour pm drive.

The Serena group have consistently high standards for what they offer.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Loldia House, Kenya
7-Dec-2017 review: Loldia House and Lake Nakuru N.P.
ExcellentExcellent
Governors' Il Moran Camp, Kenya
9-Dec-2017 review: Governors' Il Moran Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Serena Beach Resort, Kenya
13-Dec-2017 review: Serena Beach Hotel
ExcellentExcellent

My Dec 2015 trip

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 3-Dec-2015 and 15-Dec-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our 6th visit to Kenya and we enjoyed visiting a couple of areas that we hadn't been to before.

All the arrangements worked efficiently and it was really good to experience the 3 contrasting areas. We also felt that by going in December we got particularly good value for money!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lewa Safari Camp, Kenya
4-Dec-2015 review: Loved it at Lewa
ExcellentExcellent
Joy's Camp, Kenya
8-Dec-2015 review: 2 Enjoyable nights at Joy's
ExcellentExcellent
Little Governors Camp, Kenya
10-Dec-2015 review: Return to Little Governors
ExcellentExcellent

Zambia/Botswana June 2012

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 18-Jun-2012 and 30-Jun-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Organisation by all concerned - in the office in England and throughout our time in Africa - was first rate. Travel arrangements went seamlessly.

All the Kwando staff were excellent - we do not want to pick out any one of our guides, but must say that the personal service they gave, whether while on an activity or around camp, was exemplary. As intimated before, we would have enjoyed more sightings of cats in the first half of the trip, but our time at Kwara made up for this in many ways - overall, we had a "very satisfactory" safari, with a number of specific experiences/memories that will survive the years as highlights.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Waterberry Lodge
19-Jun-2012 review: Waterberry Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Camp, Botswana
22-Jun-2012 review: Lagoon Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Lebala Camp, Botswana
24-Jun-2012 review: Lebala Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Little Kwara, Botswana
26-Jun-2012 review: Little Kwara review
ExcellentExcellent