Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B from Northants
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Good destination for game viewing
Zimbabwe between 18 Sep 2012 and 29 Sep 2012
Many friends questioned the safety of our choice of destination before we went and so we ended up saying safari in Africa after a while! We encountered no problems nor any hostility towards us at all. We will now be able to tell people so.
Cash purchasing is all important so take plenty of it - 4 of the places we stayed had safe facilities. No one wanted travellers cheques, and credit machines seldom worked.
In Victoria, vendors are persistent but not aggressive - just keep in mind they just want to make a $. There are plenty of tourist police on hand if need be.
The Falls are stunning and well worth the visit. We had 3 nights in Victoria. Two is more than enough if it is only the Falls that you wish to see and in fact we did that on arrival so 1 night would have been sufficient for us with more time on safari.
Importantly the game viewing is excellent and the regions offer a great deal of contrast so it is worth doing as much as you can afford! I would not recommend less than 3 nights in any camp/area if travelling between regions as the travelling is long and tiring. Travel arrangements need improving overall including communication about them.
The guiding was all of a very good standard with obvious enthusiasm.
We had hoped to do more walking, but were constrained by our travel arrangements. This is a great pity. For the nervous, think carefully before choosing Goliath as the proximity to wildlife is challenging and could be very uncomfortable for some. For those who would like the experience, it is awesome.
We would recommend Zimbabwe from the experience we had. Just plan your route carefully"
Arranged By Claire Scott
Victoria Falls Hotel
"Very comfortable colonial hotel."
Stretch Ferreira Safaris Camp
"Walking safari was exhilerating"
Little Makalolo Camp
"Very knowlegable guiding"
Our afircan adventure
Botswana between 10 Sep 2009 and 18 Sep 2009
wilderness apparently always confirm return flights which might be useful to know.
J'burg airport are taking temperatures of all visitors on arrival - a couple of paracetomol might be advisable for anyone with a bug or two to avoid quarantine!
Suggestions for improvements:
Please see comments above.
I never did receive the brochure request!
Pictures of the camps might help, its difficult for first timers to have any idea what to expect. Some guests might appreciate forwarnng that animals know no boundaries and will tent visit.
Chris McIntyre may be interested to know we met a guide working at Little Vumbura called Sam (i guess late 40's) who recalled setting up camp without tents many years ago before Wilderness Safaris. He spoke very warmly of him."
Arranged By Lucy Copson
"A lovely camp in all respects."
"Chitabe Camp review"