Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs VanZylrus


Our 2017 trip

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 31-Aug-2017 and 18-Sep-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

EA had organised the majority of our trip and we were very happy with our choice of accommodation and the arrangements made.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Acorn House, South Africa
1-Sep-2017 review: Acorn Guesthouse review
ExcellentExcellent
Avondrood Guest House
3-Sep-2017 review: Avondrood Guest House review
ExcellentExcellent
Swiss Villa
6-Sep-2017 review: Swiss Villa - by name only
AverageAverage
Augrabies Falls Restcamp, South Africa
8-Sep-2017 review: Augrabies rest camp
ExcellentExcellent
Vanzyls Rus Hotel
9-Sep-2017 review: VanZyl Rus
ExcellentExcellent
Kgalagadi Lodge
10-Sep-2017 review: Kgalagadi Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Kalahari Tented Camp, South Africa
12-Sep-2017 review: KTC
ExcellentExcellent
Mata Mata Rest Camp, South Africa
15-Sep-2017 review: Mata mata
ExcellentExcellent

In search of Orlov,Sergei & Oleg in red dunes

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 16-Sep-2016 and 3-Oct-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

As always with EA you know what you get: Expert Service! This time around it's no different.

Our long awaited and thoroughly planned first trip to Kalagadi Transfontier all looked good until British Airways threw the spanner in by rescheduling our flight to depart 14hrs later than the original time. However Tracy expertly resolved the problem by booking us to SAA and we were on our way to KTP!

We had an excellent trip and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of the Kalahari.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Website a bit too complicated - lots to digest

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Vanzyls Rus Hotel
17-Sep-2016 review: A very quirky place in a far far away place
ExcellentExcellent
Urikaruus Wilderness Camp, South Africa
18-Sep-2016 review: Great camp
ExcellentExcellent
Kielie Krankie Wilderness Camp, South Africa
22-Sep-2016 review: Proper Dunescape!
ExcellentExcellent

African Adventure in more ways than one!!!

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia & South Africa between 25-Sep-2009 and 18-Oct-2009 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We planned our trip a year and a half ahead of our travel date, which allowed us to book all the accommodation that we wanted to stay in at the places we wanted to visit. Maruska is fantastically knowledgeable and very friendly and always tried to match our wishes with the places that she knew would suit us. This proved very much the case with KTC. We were sad that Maruska had moved to New Zealand, by the time we returned, however, we had the pleasure of meeting Chris McIntyre and Tracy Lederer who were also very kind and helpful on our return.

Prior to our departure in addition to Chris' books and the brochure, the literature and the organization of the vouchers and pictures of the places we were staying at, were excellent. We often spent time at airports spotting EA travel tags!!!
We also met other travellers who were equally happy with their EA trip.

We had the most wonderful trip, which surpassed all our expectations. We would definitely recommend Expert Africa to anyone wishing to travel to Africa, particularly for making it such a personally tailored experience. We certainly will be using EA on our next trip!

Just to mention as well we had a very comfortable stay at the Brigadoon in Swakopmund run by a lovely called Margaret .

Feedback response

Maruska is still working full-time for Expert Africa - and has started our first overseas office, in New Zealand.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
26-Sep-2009 review: Beautiful lodge over looking the flood plains
ExcellentExcellent
Khwai Tented Camp, Botswana
28-Sep-2009 review: Camping at its best!!!
ExcellentExcellent
Mapula Lodge, Botswana
1-Oct-2009 review: Beautiful place in the delta
ExcellentExcellent
The Airport Grand, South Africa
4-Oct-2009 review: The Airport Grand review
GoodGood
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
5-Oct-2009 review: Brilliant place for Cheetahs!
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
7-Oct-2009 review: Wonderful Waterhole!!
ExcellentExcellent
Hobatere Lodge, Namibia
9-Oct-2009 review: Stunning Location....But....
AverageAverage
Doro Nawas, Namibia
10-Oct-2009 review: Weird but Wonderful!!
ExcellentExcellent
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
12-Oct-2009 review: Sam's Giardino
GoodGood
Bishops' Court, South Africa (this camp has since closed)
15-Oct-2009 review: Wonderful place!!
ExcellentExcellent