Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Family A from Scarborough


My Sep 2018 trip

On this trip, I visited Botswana, Namibia, South Africa & Zimbabwe between 5-Sep-2018 and 2-Oct-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our third trip with Expert Africa and our biggest. I had planned this trip over a couple of years to celebrate my retirement and was not disappointed.

I would change a few things, with hindsight.

Erongo deserves at least two nights. Trust me.
Zimbabwe was a challenge. Getting in took ages. We did not feel at all welcome. I would advise staying in Zambia and travelling in to see the Falls.

As a general rule, lodges where you are able to go off road are better. The exception this rule is Chobe, just because of the scale of the wildlife experience that you are exposed to.
In future (God willing), I would transit through Jo'burg faster.

See you in a coupe of years, God willing.

I would be tempted by a lodge with perhaps more water based activities in the delta.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No.
Keep doing what you are doing.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
The Residence
6-Sep-2018 review: The Residence review
GoodGood
Olive Grove, Namibia
8-Sep-2018 review: Olive Grove review
GoodGood
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
9-Sep-2018 review: Cornerstone Guesthouse review
ExcellentExcellent
Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Namibia
12-Sep-2018 review: Erongo Wilderness Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
13-Sep-2018 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
GoodGood
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
16-Sep-2018 review: Mushara Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Olive Grove, Namibia
17-Sep-2018 review: Olive Grove review
GoodGood
Muchenje Safari Lodge, Botswana
18-Sep-2018 review: Muchenje Safari Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Botswana
21-Sep-2018 review: Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Sandibe Safari Lodge, Botswana
24-Sep-2018 review: Sandibe Safari Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
27-Sep-2018 review: Victoria Falls Hotel review
GoodGood
InterContinental O.R. Tambo, South Africa
30-Sep-2018 review: InterContinental O.R. Tambo review
ExcellentExcellent

My Sep 2016 trip

On this trip, I visited South Africa between 24-Sep-2016 and 14-Oct-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

The best safari we have ever had. Great accommodation. Planning our 2018 trip now.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No. Keep doing what you are doing and I will be back

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
InterContinental O.R. Tambo, South Africa
24-Sep-2016 review: InterContinental O.R. Tambo review
ExcellentExcellent
Londolozi Founders Camp
25-Sep-2016 review: Londolozi Founders Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Ocean Eleven, South Africa
4-Oct-2016 review: Ocean Eleven review
ExcellentExcellent
The Last Word Franschhoek, South Africa
7-Oct-2016 review: The Last Word Franschhoek review
ExcellentExcellent
Victoria & Alfred Hotel, South Africa
10-Oct-2016 review: Victoria & Alfred Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent

Namibia holiday

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 6-Aug-2010 and 23-Aug-2010 and I travelled with 5 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was an adventure, not a holiday. 3000km of amazement.

The distances and the challenges of the roads were greater than I expected. The sheer scale of the country amazed us. The contrast between so many different areas meant that it was like having several different holidays in one. We have travelled in Kenya and South Africa in the past and apart from Windhoek, felt completely safe.

Kayaking with Cape fur seals, the balloon flight and tracking leopards were really top ten experiences. Tracking the desert adapted elephants was also very special.

Etosha was difficult to get a handle on because it is so vast. We had a fabulous leopard sighting where a big male leopard had taken to some shade under the solar panel that was powering the water pump for the waterhole. It eventually rolled off the platform and started stalking an impala but did not complete the attack and then we had to leave.

Lodge staff were very helpful especially at Doro Nawas and Okonjima. I cannot recommend Okonjima enough. It was fabulous.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

You could be a little more honest about the distances involved. If I had been fully aware of the 300km I was going to do I might I have tweaked it a bit. In truth, I cannot complain and will be happy to use you again for our next trip to Tanzania in 2012........!

Feedback response

Namibia is a vast country and sometimes there are long drives between lodges. We encourage our travellers to take regular breaks when driving and not to try to drive too far in one day. For reference, the distances and driving times involved are listed on page 17 of our brochure.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Elegant Guesthouse, Namibia
7-Aug-2010 review: Welcome start to trip at Elegant Guesthouse
GoodGood
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
8-Aug-2010 review: Kulala Desert Lodge
ExcellentExcellent
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
10-Aug-2010 review: Cornerstone Guesthouse
ExcellentExcellent
Doro Nawas, Namibia
13-Aug-2010 review: Doro Nawas
GoodGood
Anderssons Camp, Namibia
15-Aug-2010 review: Anderssons Camp
GoodGood
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
17-Aug-2010 review: Mushara Bush Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Villa, Namibia
19-Aug-2010 review: Okonjima Villa
ExcellentExcellent