Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr C & Mrs M - Cheshire


Overview

On this trip, I visited Malawi & Zambia between 4-Oct-2016 and 20-Oct-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a fabulous trip. it was all we had hoped for and went without a hitch.

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.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Latitude 15, Zambia
5-Oct-2016 review: Lovely 1 night stay
ExcellentExcellent
Chongwe River Camp, Zambia
6-Oct-2016 review: Chongwe River Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Tena Tena, Zambia
10-Oct-2016 review: Tena tena Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Kaya Mawa, Malawi
14-Oct-2016 review: The idyllic Kaya Mawa
ExcellentExcellent

My Aug 2011 trip

On this trip, I visited Namibia & Zimbabwe between 28-Aug-2011 and 23-Sep-2011 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The trip as a whole was wonderful. Everything went smoothly despite being in Africa!!

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.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
29-Aug-2011 review: Very Friendly and comfortable hotel
ExcellentExcellent
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch, Namibia
30-Aug-2011 review: Fantastic Location
ExcellentExcellent
Canyon Lodge, Namibia
31-Aug-2011 review: Life among the boulders
GoodGood
Wolwedans Dune Camp, Namibia
2-Sep-2011 review: Simply the best
ExcellentExcellent
Sossus Dune Lodge, Namibia
4-Sep-2011 review: Great to be in the park
GoodGood
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
6-Sep-2011 review: Good but quirky
GoodGood
Camp Kipwe, Namibia
8-Sep-2011 review: Great spot for desert adapted elephants.
ExcellentExcellent
Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia
10-Sep-2011 review: Remote or what!
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
12-Sep-2011 review: Great waterhole for game viewing.
GoodGood
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
13-Sep-2011 review: A lovely camp with lots of walks.
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Bush Camp, Namibia
14-Sep-2011 review: This camp has everything.
ExcellentExcellent
Olive Grove, Namibia
15-Sep-2011 review: Wow!
ExcellentExcellent
Somalisa Camp, Zimbabwe
16-Sep-2011 review: Great for elephants.
AverageAverage
Ilala Lodge, Zimbabwe
20-Sep-2011 review: Great small atmospheric hotel
ExcellentExcellent