Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mrs & Mr P - Essex


Another wonderful trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana & Namibia between 15-Jul-2017 and 3-Aug-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our 7th visit to Botswana and 4th to Namibia. As ever we had a wonderful time. Expert Africa was once again exceptionally helpful and friendly. Although Megan booked our trip initially and was our contact more recently, Tracy also looked after us very well while Megan was away.
As usual, we mainly used Wilderness Safaris camps and, as usual, were particularly impressed with the high quality of the guiding in all locations. Transfers between camps were organised seamlessly.We were also very impressed with their care and consideration with regard to Ken's problems with balance in the dark, and in all locations they went out of their way to ensure that he had good lighting to escort us back to our tent at night.
We were also impressed by the way information was passed from camp to camp, so that when we arrived in a new location they already knew, for example, what drinks we liked for sundowners and other details of things we liked, which made us feel at home.
The Wilderness lounge at Windhoek was a good addition as somewhere to escape while waiting for the next connection and to use a computer to check in for flights.
Our only regret is that some camps now have separate tables for meals, as one of the things we have always enjoyed about these holidays has been the opportunity to meet and talk to people from so many different countries.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
15-Jul-2017 review: excellent location for a stop over
GoodGood
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
16-Jul-2017 review: Stunning location
GoodGood
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
18-Jul-2017 review: My favourite Namibia scenery
ExcellentExcellent
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
20-Jul-2017 review: A stunning new camp
ExcellentExcellent
Olive Grove, Namibia
23-Jul-2017 review: Good place for a stop over
ExcellentExcellent
Camp Kalahari, Botswana
24-Jul-2017 review: A fabulous experience
ExcellentExcellent
DumaTau Camp, Botswana
26-Jul-2017 review: still one of our favourite places
ExcellentExcellent
Jacana Camp, Botswana
29-Jul-2017 review: Always my favourite
ExcellentExcellent
Mombo Camp, Botswana
1-Aug-2017 review: What a pity Mombo Trails is temporary
ExcellentExcellent

My 2013 trip- as wonderful as the previous 5

On this trip, I visited Botswana & South Africa between 25-Jul-2013 and 10-Aug-2013 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Where do I start? As usual Botswana was amazing. The scenery, the wildlife, the excellent Wilderness Safaris camps all as good as ever.


As usual Expert Africa ensured that everything ran like clockwork. All just as we have come to expect on our repeated visits to this area.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I cannot think of any way it could be improved.

Expert Africa staff could not be more responsive, helpful and generally good to deal with.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Kalahari Plains Camp, Botswana
25-Jul-2013 review: Very interesting visit to Kalahari Plains
ExcellentExcellent
DumaTau Camp, Botswana
28-Jul-2013 review: Duma Tau was wonderful
ExcellentExcellent
Jacana Camp, Botswana
31-Jul-2013 review: Jacana, still one of my favourite locations
GoodGood
Little Mombo, Botswana
3-Aug-2013 review: Little Mombo review
ExcellentExcellent
The Constantia, South Africa
5-Aug-2013 review: Excellent stay at the Constantia
ExcellentExcellent
Grootbos Garden Lodge, South Africa
8-Aug-2013 review: Good whale watching at Grootbos
GoodGood

Another wonderful trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & South Africa between 3-Aug-2009 and 23-Aug-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Another fabulous trip to Africa, we can't wait to go back

One thing we did notice however, was that, while the standard of guiding remains generally very good, there seem now to be some guides who are doing the job just to make enough money to be able to fund other business/life plans. As a result we encountered one or two without the old passion/feel for the job. While their knowledge was probably very good, it was in a bit of a textbook style and seemed to lack an empathy with the animals/environment.

Possibly because the good rains had meant animals were more dispersed and therefore a bit more difficult to find, there seemed to be a lot of racing around trying to find things without stopping to evaluate the surroundings and potential. I also felt that there was a bit more harrassing animals by changing position to let people get a different shot rather than just sitting quietly to observe, again perhaps because of the perceived need to move on to try to find something else. Also because there were possibly fewer 'opportunities to view' there tended to be several vehicles at each sighting.

Suggestions for improvements:

Difficult to think of anything Expert Africa could do better. We are always delighted with the service and have recommended you to lots of friends.

It would have been helpful to have seen the questionnaire before we went so that we could make notes on relevant points as we went along. After three weeks and lots of locations it is a bit difficult to remember precise details for

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Bishops' Court, South Africa (this camp has since closed)
4-Aug-2009 review: Great fun at Bishops'Court
ExcellentExcellent
Grootbos Garden Lodge, South Africa
6-Aug-2009 review: Stunning location
ExcellentExcellent
Serra Cafema, Namibia
9-Aug-2009 review: Serra Cafema review
ExcellentExcellent
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
12-Aug-2009 review: Desert Rhino Camp review
GoodGood
Terra Africa, Namibia (this camp has since closed)
14-Aug-2009 review: Ok for a one night stop over
GoodGood
Jacana Camp, Botswana
15-Aug-2009 review: our favourite wet camp
ExcellentExcellent
Little Vumbura, Botswana
17-Aug-2009 review: Lovely setting
GoodGood
Savuti Camp, Botswana
19-Aug-2009 review: An amazing transformation
ExcellentExcellent