Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs H from Wroughton
Safari trip of a lifetime
On this trip, I visited Botswana & Zambia between 14-Jun-2009 and 28-Jun-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.
We have brought home wonderful memories and had an amazing trip from start to finish. The whole experience was everything we wanted it to be - and more! As we left the Uk , I was concerned that I had seen so many documentaries and David Attenboroughs that I might be disappointed. How wrong could I have been - it was was above my expectation, there was real wildlife as soon as you left camp and often in it.
The staff were overwhelmingly friendly, nothing was too much trouble and we met some interesting staff and visitors alike.
Suggestions for improvements:
Tipping - this was all a bit difficult. Chris Macintyres book mentioned and I'm glad it did. There were guidelines to suitable amounts in each camp , which were different from camp to camp, which seemed odd. Everything was set based on the average wealthy American family, who live with a culture of tipping. The British don't, the Americans we spoke to said if those were the suggested amounts they felt they should pay more and we just felt mean! I was very glad to have thought this through from home. Maybe its something you could emphasise more in your useful information.
I didn't engage enough with the Wilderness safari culture and ethical stance before I went, due to lack of realisation and time but I'm glad we chose the things we did, given the difference it makes to parts of the country and opportunities it presents. It could be somethign you make more reference to or raise the profile within Expert Africa
I stayed at and have reviewed:
|Little Vumbura, Botswana
15-Jun-2009 review: Little Vumbura review
|DumaTau Camp, Botswana
18-Jun-2009 review: DumaTau review
|Chitabe Camp, Botswana
21-Jun-2009 review: Chitabe Camp review
|Avani Victoria Falls, Zambia
24-Jun-2009 review: Zambezi Sun review