Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs P from Wiltshire


Our Zambia 2018 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 20-Jul-2018 and 2-Aug-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

We have done several safaris before in different countries.

Having visited South Luangwa twice before we decided to try a mixture of 4 camps - 2 new ones to us, one totally refurbished and one familiar, with a mixture of results

Lion camp still has a wonderful location with excellent game viewing and guides although the new decor and food regime was not to our taste and if the price goes up appreciably in the future it will cease being our "go to" choice in South Luangwa

Tafika we had not visited before but were very impressed with most aspects of our visit.

Kafunta (twice before) has increased in size, with more families with pre-teenage children and a move away from communal dining to separate tables. In the past the pontoon shortcut into the park has always been working - when it is unavailable it does take quite a time out of game drives to access the park and return. The guide was disappointing and unfortunately stayed with us for 2 days here and 3 more at 3 Rivers (Kafunta's bush camp)

Three Rivers, new to us was a small nicely arranged camp with only 5 well designed chalets with good views over the bush (or the Luangwa river) and upper viewing platform with "star beds". These had mosquito nets so you could sleep out at night with a view of the African star lit sky. The camp was best suited to walking safaris and bird watching. There were more tsetse flies here than elsewhere. The staff here were all excellent with a nice relaxed but professional attitude to their guests, especially TJ who was the epitome of an ideal camp manager prepared to give us the benefit of his experience and knowledge over sundowners .

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
21-Jul-2018 review: Pioneer Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Lion Camp, Zambia
22-Jul-2018 review: Refurbished Lion Camp
GoodGood
Tafika, Zambia
24-Jul-2018 review: Great time at Tafika
ExcellentExcellent
Kafunta River Lodge, Zambia
27-Jul-2018 review: Kafunta River Lodge review
GoodGood
Three Rivers Camp, Zambia
29-Jul-2018 review: Three Rivers Camp review
GoodGood
Lion Camp, Zambia
1-Aug-2018 review: Lion Camp review
ExcellentExcellent

Our Kenya 2017 trip

On this trip, I visited Kenya between 18-Sep-2017 and 4-Oct-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

An unexpected and excellent surprise

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Eka Hotel, Kenya
18-Sep-2017 review: Excellent overnight hotel
ExcellentExcellent
Saruni Samburu, Kenya
19-Sep-2017 review: Amazing views at Saruni Samburi
GoodGood
Borana, Kenya
22-Sep-2017 review: Country house in the bush
GoodGood
Rekero, Kenya
26-Sep-2017 review: Good safari at Rekero
GoodGood
Naboisho Camp, Kenya
29-Sep-2017 review: Excellent safari at Naboisho
ExcellentExcellent
The Emakoko, Kenya
3-Oct-2017 review: Day room at Emakoko
AverageAverage

Zambia July 2016

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 25-Jul-2016 and 6-Aug-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a superb safari.

The weather was more akin to the end of August than the end of July and everywhere was very dry, forcing the game to the river. In all 3 lodges visited, Tena Tena, Lion Camp and Nkwali, we had excellent guides and better sightings than expected. Tena Tena and Lion Camp were more remote locations with less safari traffic than Nkwali.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Pioneer Camp, Zambia
26-Jul-2016 review: Excellent overnight stop before safari
ExcellentExcellent
Tena Tena, Zambia
27-Jul-2016 review: Extraordinary game viewing at Tena Tena
ExcellentExcellent
Lion Camp, Zambia
31-Jul-2016 review: Return to Lion Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Nkwali, Zambia
3-Aug-2016 review: Great safari at Nkwali
ExcellentExcellent

My Dec 2015 trip

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 30-Dec-2015 and 4-Jan-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

Was rather hotter and more humid than we expected and not as good as when we had been in August 5 years ago

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Serena Hotel Dar, Tanzania
31-Dec-2015 review: Serena Hotel Dar review
PoorPoor
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
1-Jan-2016 review: Good safari
GoodGood

My 2015 trip to Botswana

On this trip, I visited Botswana between 7-Mar-2015 and 19-Mar-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

GoodGood

Game viewing at first 2 camps was disappointing, probably due to the drier "wet " season - nobody's fault

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating

Ruaha Selous safari

On this trip, I visited Tanzania between 10-Aug-2010 and 22-Aug-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Excellent. Pick ups from/to flights on time and well organised

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Sort out the luggage allowance and make sure the information in the guidance matches the experience on the ground.

This feedback has taken over 45 minutes. We are not trained touch typists but even if we were we could not have done it in the 10-15 mins you suggested.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
11-Aug-2010 review: Mdonya safari
GoodGood
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
15-Aug-2010 review: Lake Manze
GoodGood
Siwandu, Tanzania
18-Aug-2010 review: Superb time at Selous safari camp
ExcellentExcellent
Southern Sun Dar, Tanzania
21-Aug-2010 review: Southern Sun
GoodGood