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Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs S - East Sussex


Return to Namibia and Etosha

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 20-Sep-2016 and 19-Oct-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our second trip to Namibia and Etosha, this time we included the Caprivi Strip. We arrived in Windhoek and awaiting in arrivals was a representative from Wilderness Safaris who took control of our luggage and escorted us to their private lounge. He then proceeded to help us purchase that all important SIM card and sort our car hire. Once done he collected our luggage and took us over to collect our car hire. Thank you Wilderness Safaris. We were soon on our way to our first overnight stop in Windhoek. Next morning our journey was to Swakopmund, then onto the skeleton coast and the Cape Cross seal colony where we spent a whole afternoon photographing these small creatures.

Early next day we set off for Damaraland, then into Etosha NP. Having left temperatures of the mid 50 degree we were soon enduring the 40 degree heat of Etosha, it was extremely dusty giving us pictures of what the UK is like having had a severe overnight frost, everything looked magical. Animal sightings did not disappoint us. When we sat at Heathrow we discussed what it would be good to see and we though a good sighting of a Rhino would be good. We ended up and had 20 good sightings in Etosha, we were even lucky enough to witness courtship and almost mating of two at Okaukuejo Camp waterhole. Lions however avoided us on this trip. Elephants were in abundance, with lots of babies and juveniles which gave us lots of amusement.

The Caprivi Strip was a little disappointing with a clear lack of wildlife but we were told that due to it being so dry the animals had gone deep into the bush. Although disappointing did it spoil the last days of our holiday? Not at all, we were in Africa and at anytime any animal could come into view, that's what it is all about and this will always bring us back.

Thank you Expert Africa for all your help in planning this trip and making it another memorable holiday. We will be back!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Just keep on doing what you are doing. Always such a friendly, knowledgeable and helpful team of experts.

We will keep on recommending you.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Haus Sonneneck, Namibia
20-Sep-2016 review: Warm welcome at Haus Sonneneck
GoodGood
Central Guest House, Namibia
21-Sep-2016 review: Second stay at Central Guest House
AverageAverage
Cape Cross Lodge, Namibia
22-Sep-2016 review: Cold stay at Cape Cross Lodge
GoodGood
Brandberg Restcamp, Namibia
23-Sep-2016 review: Brandberg Restcamp (White Lady Lodge)
PoorPoor
Mowani Mountain Camp, Namibia
24-Sep-2016 review: Mowani Camp is just a great place
ExcellentExcellent
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
26-Sep-2016 review: Dolomite Camp worst of the bunch!
TerribleTerrible
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
29-Sep-2016 review: Accommodation good at Okaukuejo Camp
AverageAverage
Halali Camp, Namibia
2-Oct-2016 review: Halali Camp No better
PoorPoor
Namutoni Camp, Namibia
4-Oct-2016 review: Namutomi Camp slightly better
AverageAverage
Hakusembe Lodge, Namibia
6-Oct-2016 review: Hakusembe Lodge nice setting
GoodGood
Ndhovu Safari Lodge, Namibia
7-Oct-2016 review: Ndhovu Safari Lodge
GoodGood
Lianshulu Lodge, Namibia
9-Oct-2016 review: Lianshulu Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, Namibia
13-Oct-2016 review: Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Nunda River Lodge, Namibia
16-Oct-2016 review: Munda River Lodge right on the river
GoodGood
Haus Sonneneck, Namibia
18-Oct-2016 review: Haus Sonneneck review
ExcellentExcellent

My Feb 2015 trip

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 11-Feb-2015 and 6-Mar-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was yet another excellent safari/holiday created by Expert Africa, each one just gets better than the one before.

We arranged a private guide and vehicle for these travellers, they commented:

Sadiq was an excellent and professional guide, he established what our expectations were and tried throughout the trip to accommodate our wishes. He is obviously an experienced guide of many years and knew the locations we visited well. He was also knowledgeable about the needs of a photographer and manoeuvred the vehicle to obtain the best photographic positions.

We could not have wished for a better guide - Thank you Sadiq

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

I cannot think of anything

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lemala Manyara, Tanzania
12-Feb-2015 review: Lemala Manyara review
GoodGood
Ubuntu Camp, Tanzania
14-Feb-2015 review: Ubuntu Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Kati Kati Camp, Tanzania
17-Feb-2015 review: Kati Kati Camp review
AverageAverage
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, Tanzania
20-Feb-2015 review: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge review
AverageAverage
Unguja Lodge, Zanzibar
27-Feb-2015 review: Unguja Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Tembo Hotel, Zanzibar
4-Mar-2015 review: Tembo Hotel review
AverageAverage

My Oct 2014 trip

On this trip, I visited Zambia between 1-Oct-2014 and 16-Oct-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We really enjoyed our trip to South Luangwa and had an excellent trip, I think it was our best safari to date (and we have had a few).

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Eight Reedbuck Hotel, Zambia
2-Oct-2014 review: Eight Reedbuck Hotel review
AverageAverage
Tafika, Zambia
3-Oct-2014 review: Tafika review
ExcellentExcellent
Kaingo Camp, Zambia
8-Oct-2014 review: Kaingo Camp review
GoodGood
Mwamba Bushcamp, Zambia
12-Oct-2014 review: Mwamba Bushcamp review
ExcellentExcellent

The Trip Overall

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 7-Oct-2011 and 27-Oct-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We have a excellent adventure through Namibia, it was our first time driving in Africa but we did not experience any problems. The trip went like clockwork and we do not have any issues at all with any part of the package assempled by the Namibian team at Expert Africa.

I have created a travelogue of our experience which can be viewed at http://www.photosnapshot.co.uk/Pages/Nam2011Log_1.aspx

When I go back to Africa I know who my first port of call will be to.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

The Dolomite Camp is about 100km from the nearest petrol station at Kamanjab, if guests have travelled from Okaukuejo and are spending a few days doing their own safari in the Dolomite area it's possible they may not have sufficeint fuel to make it to Kamanjab, they should be made aware of the potential problem. I was allowed out of the gate to get some fuel without problem.

We did have a bit of a difficult journey in our Toyota Corolla between Uis and Grootberg, the reason was because of the exceptional rains they had in Namibia the previous wet season part of the road was washed away and I had to traverse the uneven river bed for part of the journey filled with big stones. Fortunately I only hit bottom a couple of times but I suspect someone with limited driving experience may have got into difficuty. I don't think a 4 wheel drive is requires but a high base car would have been more appropriate.

Hope this helps.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
8-Oct-2011 review: Olive Grove review
GoodGood
Central Guest House, Namibia
9-Oct-2011 review: Central Guest House review
GoodGood
Brandberg White Lady Lodge, Namibia
12-Oct-2011 review: Brandberg White Lady Lodge review
AverageAverage
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
13-Oct-2011 review: Grootberg Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
14-Oct-2011 review: Dolomite Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
18-Oct-2011 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Namutoni Camp, Namibia
20-Oct-2011 review: Namutoni Camp review
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
22-Oct-2011 review: Halali Camp review
AverageAverage
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
24-Oct-2011 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Olive Grove, Namibia
25-Oct-2011 review: Olive Grove review
GoodGood

My 2010 Tanzanian Holiday

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 11-Feb-2010 and 28-Feb-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The trip to Tanzania went smoothly without a hitch and fully met with our expectations, thanks to the organisation from Expert Africa (They live up to their name).

I have compiled a travelogue which details the trip in full and this can be found on my website.

www.photosnapshot.co.uk.

Take a look, you may find some useful information, especially if you are planning a trip to this vicinity.

Would I travel with this company again - of course !


Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

None that I can think of - Thanks again Expert Africa

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Tanzania
12-Feb-2010 review: Green Season Safari in Selous
ExcellentExcellent
Mdonya Old River Camp, Tanzania
15-Feb-2010 review: Green Season Safari in Ruaha
ExcellentExcellent
Shooting Star Lodge, Zanzibar
19-Feb-2010 review: Shooting Star Lodge Review
ExcellentExcellent
Dhow Palace Hotel, Zanzibar
26-Feb-2010 review: Dhow Palace Hotel review
AverageAverage