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Travel reviews by R & C from Aylesbury

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

3

Excursions taken

0

My Aug 2015 trip

Zambia between 11 Aug 2015 and 26 Aug 2015

Trip rating: Excellent
"A very enjoyable trip, exceeding expectations.

We would happily re-visit Zambia and all of the camps we stayed at - the standard of accommodation, service and food was excellent throughout our trip. All the guides lived up to their high reputation. As expected, breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner plus snacks was too much for us!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We used Expert Africa to a large extent because of your enormously informative and easy to use web site. It was a pleasure to deal with Megan.

I would quite like to have seen a breakdown of costs as part of the quotation."

Arranged By Megan Green


Mwamba Bushcamp

Mwamba Bushcamp

"Beware the drums"

4 nights Arrived 12 Aug 2015
"We very much enjoyed our four-night stay at Mwamba. The two-hour drive from Mfuwe through the park was a good start to our trip, but arriving in the dark and then being woken at 5.15 next day by a particularly enthusiastic drummer was a bit disorienting!

This year, the camp was being run by Matt and Charlotte (Charlie), a very likeable couple. The camp is a genuine bush camp but facilities were good with hot water for bucket showers provided on demand.

Game drives or walks started early, followed by a substantial brunch at around 11.00 - all the food was very good. Matt acted as our guide for the whole time and did a great job - we saw lots and continued to cover new ground. The permanent waterhole is a definite bonus - there were always animals and birds coming to drink – and the hides at Kaingo can also be used. Note that battery charging is a bit rudimentary, I think using vehicle batteries."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
Facilities
Good
Tafika

Tafika

"A great owner-run camp"

4 nights Arrived 16 Aug 2015
"We spent a very enjoyable four nights at Tafika. The rooms are very comfortable (but we did get upgraded to the honeymoon suite).

John & Carol Coppinger are very good hosts and the camp seems to be very efficiently run by a good team. All our games drives were interesting and the guides very good (we had different ones most days), although we did go over the same ground once or twice.

A quiet area - we didn’t come across other vehicles on our drives – and we approved of the policy of not using radios, the guides having to find their own things to see and make their own luck. We did two walks that we enjoyed. Food was very good but dining possibly a little formal for us."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Sausage Tree Camp

Sausage Tree Camp

"A bit of luxury to end the hoiday"

5 nights Arrived 20 Aug 2015
"Much the most 'luxurious' camp that we stayed at in a great location. It lacked the intimacy of smaller camps but the facilities were very good – lovely, spacious rooms but with some steps in our bathroom that were a bit difficult to negotiate. Very good service from all the staff (the personal 'butler' idea is very nice but not quite our style, but we did appreciate our room decorations!) although at times the camp felt somewhat over-staffed. Food was very good; we had one lunch on a sandbank in the river and a dinner in the bush – both very enjoyable.

We had our own guide (Hastings) for all activities - he's a pleasant and very competent guide. Knows his birds.

The range of activities was very good. However, the walk we did was disappointing with a rather casual scout in an uninteresting area: not really worth doing. (There is too much vegetation here for safe walking anywhere interesting, and it was our impression that the many elephants were somewhat more aggressive (and bigger!) than those in South Luangua.)

Drives started around 7.30am which we thought was a bit late, but if anyone wanted to go earlier they were accommodated.

Trips on the river were interesting and very relaxing, and canoeing up a backwater with crocs and many hippos was good, if a bit scary. Night drives were memorable, mainly through close encounters with hunting lions and stroppy elephants. We didn’t try the fishing which seems to be seasonal.

(Note that Potato Bush and Sausage Tree are effectively the same camp, sharing staff, equipment and catering)."
Excellent
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Excellent
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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