Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr Y & Dr C - Essex


Great experience in Namibia

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 4-May-2015 and 21-May-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The trip was a great experience and we had a fantastic time and will return for more.

We loved visiting Terrace Bay and the drive up the Skeleton Coast - although a bit awed by the remoteness. Swakupmund was fun, with a great day out travelling to Sandwich harbour and back. Etendeka was another great experience as was the time we spent in Etosha. Erongo was great place to finish the trip.

Sabina's suggestions (don't spend two nights at Terrace Bay, try Mushara Bush Camp) were excellent. We really appreciate her phoning us when we had broken down to check we were OK and being looked after and confirming that the replacement vehicle was on its way. Also impressed by Wilderness Safaris who co-ordinated the replacement vehicle with Bidvest and the transfer from Okaukuejo while we were waiting for it to be delivered from Windhoek.

We were enormously impressed by the back up when we had a problem with the vehicle. It was very reassuring that were not coping with it alone. THANK YOU!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

After our experience with the original car we would be inclined to book a 4x4 next time to ensure we had a more robust vehicle.

Driving on the roads we travelled wasn't a problem but the original car we had an ineffective handbrake (not spotted on delivery and not actually much of a problem parking on the flat) and a very soggy passenger seat. It seems that it had been subjected to hard treatment which may be why it broke down.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Galton House, Namibia
5-May-2015 review: Friendly and comfortable Guesthouse
GoodGood
Villa Margherita, Namibia
6-May-2015 review: Lovely guesthouse in central Swakopmund
ExcellentExcellent
Terrace Bay, Namibia
8-May-2015 review: Atmospheric resort at the end of the road.
GoodGood
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
9-May-2015 review: Great experience at Etendeka
ExcellentExcellent
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
12-May-2015 review: Lovely camp in quiet part of the park
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
14-May-2015 review: Large camp but provides a good experience
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
15-May-2015 review: Halali Camp review
GoodGood
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
17-May-2015 review: Mushara Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
18-May-2015 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent

First time in Namibia but not the last

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 16-Sep-2011 and 2-Oct-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a great time. We haven't driven ourselves in Africa for a long time and really enjoyed the experience.

Wonderful country; we were never far from beautiful mountains and the roads were excellent. People are friendly and welcoming. We felt safe wherever we went. The suggested itinerary gave a wonderful insight into the country and we intend to return.

Angela was very helpful and responded quickly to all our questions.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No. This is the second time we have booked through Expert Africa, and have been impressed both with the recommendations and the efficiency with which the booking has been handled.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Elegant Guesthouse, Namibia
17-Sep-2011 review: The Elegant Guesthouse review
ExcellentExcellent
Bullsport Guest Farm, Namibia
18-Sep-2011 review: Bullsport Guest Farm review
ExcellentExcellent
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
20-Sep-2011 review: Kulala Desert Lodge review
GoodGood
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
22-Sep-2011 review: Cornerstone Guesthouse review
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
24-Sep-2011 review: Doro Nawas review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
26-Sep-2011 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
28-Sep-2011 review: Halali Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
30-Sep-2011 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent

My Apr 2009 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 24-Apr-2009 and 10-May-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

One of the best trips we've ever done (and we've done a few similar).

The four places we visited were all excellent in different ways, which was what we hoped for. We have been to Zambia three times before at the end of the dry season, and we wanted to see it at a different time of year and visit new places. Mutininondo and Shiwa were recommendtaions from people we'd met on previous trips, and Claire was able to reassure us that they would be good so we were dleighted that they were. Claire's recommendation to go to Shoebill was also excellent.

All in all, a wondeful experience, great scenery, excellent wildlife and we met some very interesting people.

Suggestions for improvements:

Can't think of anything. Efficient, friendly service. Helpful in setting everthing up kept us infomed about changes.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Shoebill Island Camp, Zambia
25-Apr-2009 review: Shoebill Island Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Shiwa Ng'andu, Zambia
29-Apr-2009 review: Shiwa Ng'andu review
ExcellentExcellent
Mutinondo Wilderness, Zambia
1-May-2009 review: Mutinondo Wilderness review
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
5-May-2009 review: Nkwali review
ExcellentExcellent