Travel reviews by Mr C & Mrs M from Cheshire
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
Green Season Safaris in Tanzania
Tanzania between 29 Dec 2022 and 6 Jan 2023
As usual they were very professional, efficient and helpful ( even down to helping us get our luggage stored in Zanzibar!).
Basically nothing was too much trouble.
This was our first safari in the Green season and, as expected, we did not see as much wildlife as we have done previously but this did not detract from our enjoyment and it was worthwhile in order to see the parks in leaf.
A very enjoyable trip."
Arranged By Jessica Plumb
"Impala Camp review"
Ikuka Safari Camp
"Ikuka Safari Camp review"
This was almost certainly the best camp we have ever been in on safari. The managers, Tommy and Chevy, could not have done more to make our stay completely unforgettable. Everything was thought through in order to make the stay memorable. They and the staff were always there to see us off and to welcome us back, hot water bottles, hand warmers, water, drinks all provided as a matter of course.
Our guide Festo, equally, was fantastic both as a really knowledgeable and professional guide and also great company when out on game drives."
Zambia and 1 other country between 4 Oct 2016 and 20 Oct 2016
It seems that it is standard practice in safari camps to eat 'family style', hosted by members of the camp staff. On talking with other guests at both camps we nearly all agreed that we would have preferred to eat separately. We realise that this is not something that Expert Africa can control but maybe worth passing on to the camps that you deal with.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
A little more clarity on visas would have helped. I was told that for Malawi we could get visa on arrival but your literature advises to get it in advance. In the event we went for 'on arrival' and it was no problem.
Also a little more clarity of what airport taxes we would need to pay would have saved a call or two to your office to find out."
"Lovely 1 night stay"
Friendly staff and really good food."
Chongwe River Camp
"Chongwe River Camp"
All the staff did everything possible to ensure all guests were able to have their preferences met and overall it was a really fun place to be."
"Tena tena Camp"
Guiding was excellent. Walking safaris on offer but we chose not to do one so spent our time on game drives."
"The idyllic Kaya Mawa"
We just loved everything about it from staff to service to location to activities.
Would definitely seriously consider returning here."
My Aug 2011 trip
Namibia and 1 other country between 28 Aug 2011 and 23 Sep 2011
Driving in Namibia is really straightforward and the distances were not a problem at all.
Everybody very friendly.
We went mainly for the scenery and landscapes and were not disappointed.
Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:
We stopped at Tsumeb by chance which was a lovely town. Maybe you could make suggestions to your clients for 1 or 2 hr stops in nice places along their route to wander around or for lunch.
I know we needed to stop at / near Swakopmund because of length of journey from Sossus to Kipwe but apart from the kayaking which we enjoyed the town did nothing for us. So easy to be wise after the event but 1 night here and an extra one at Wolwedans or Okonjima would have been a much better use of time for us."
"Very Friendly and comfortable hotel"
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch
Would recommend 2 nights for future guests not 1 as we had."
"Life among the boulders"
Wolwedans Dune Camp
"Simply the best"
3 nights next time please!"
Sossus Dune Lodge
"Great to be in the park"
Staff very helpful and friendly especially regarding the shuttle service."
"Good but quirky"
Kayaking with seals
"A great fun morning"
7 Sep 2011 • Morning excursion
"Great spot for desert adapted elephants."
We did other things ourselves and it was easy from here. Again staff very friendly and knowledgeable."
Desert Rhino Camp
"Remote or what!"
We were there for as purpose and not disappointed."
"Great waterhole for game viewing."
Food was really not very good at all and we had to ask for the wine list several times before they arrived and then another wait for the wine and water.
Breakfast also very poor.
Staff did not seem to care as in the other camps."
Mushara Bush Camp
"A lovely camp with lots of walks."
However I'm not sure what you would do here for longer other than go into Etosha."
Okonjima Bush Camp
"This camp has everything."
The View rooms (which we had) are much better than the garden rooms
The guides are amongst some of the very best."
Doubtless done so that we could report back to you! or is that a bit cynical? Anyway it was much appreciated."
"Great for elephants."
For 3 days we had to ask at least twice for the water for our shower even though we had agreed a time; so service didn't overimpress.
We were also unlucky I suppose with game given that we were there for 4 nights and saw no hyena, leopard, rhino, only 1 solitary lioness and only cheetah on our transfer back to V Falls.
There seems to be no flexibility in activities. Every day it's just the same old game drives round the same roads at the same times. Compared to our other camps and previous safaris we were not hugely impressed with the quality of guiding although the 2 guides we had were both knowledgeable and pleasant."
Beks regrets that these travellers’ visit coincided with the period of fires that disrupted the camp’s normal operations. However, the fires are now out, the wildlife has settled and the camp operations have returned to normal.
With regards to the tents – the only difference between the two tents is that Somalisa Acacia’s wash basin and showers are plumbed (because the camp caters mainly for families and groups), whereas Somalisa Camp has bucket showers and unplumbed wash basins.
"Great small atmospheric hotel"
Brilliant location for the falls and all activities can be booked at the hotel and include transfers."
It seemed to have a feel to us of struggling to survive and was cutting corners in order to do so.
New Years Eve was another case in point of very poor management. There was a group of Tanzanians in to celebrate and a BBQ was set up for them (& us) and then after dinner (which was not very appetising) there was music and singing. We decided not to participate in this as we were going to be up at about 5.00am for a game drive and so went to bed.
Despite the fact that the camp was no where near full, this was all set up right outside our tent when it could so easily have been located elsewhere within the camp.
Additionally we were never asked if we wanted to have the BBQ in the first place."