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Travel reviews by Mr K & Mrs N from UK


Our Hwange safari 2018

On this trip, I visited Zimbabwe between 27-Sep-2018 and 5-Oct-2018 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We are experienced safari goers. We expected a remote adventure and that is what we got in Hwange National Park.

An added bonus was that our guide, Andrew Dalziel, was with us from start to finish and for all of our days in the park, there was just him and us - which made it a very personal trip.
His knowledge and humour was fantastic, we enjoyed our daily bush walks probably covering around 25km in the six days, and we learnt new things everyday. We got very close to elephants on a number of occasions through Andrew’s skills and he was ably assisted by Felix, one of the very long serving camp staff.

Although the animals are skittish in this park, this did not detract from our overall enjoyment. We also spotted over 135 different birds in just six days, with the most varied number of raptors we have seen in an area for a long time. There has been a lot of work undertaken on renovating water pumps in the park, with lots of new solar pumps. This means that all animals have ready access to water in most areas, which does lead to it being harder to spot the animals but certainly didn’t make our experience any less enjoyable.

The camp staff were fantastic - both in the bush camp and during the fly camping. You did not feel that anything was too much trouble at any point, whether it be breakfast in the morning, hot water for a shower or coffee after dinner. Guides and camp staff worked well together and it almost felt like being part of a family for six days.

We did not expect a guide to ourselves for the trip - as we were the only guests for the first two nights, and the only guests going fly camping, this may well have been the reason why. We felt extremely lucky to have Andrew with us - albeit that we were surprised not to have the guides mentioned on Expert Africa’s pages - very much our gain, just not what we had expected.

In many respects, this has been one of our most enjoyable safaris - we may not have seen as many mammals as in other places but the variety of birds, ability to get so close to nature and quality of guiding, alongside the friendliness of the camp staff, all made for an excellent trip. We would strongly recommend this. We feel sure any site chosen for the new camp will be as good because the people will make it so.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
27-Sep-2018 review: Victoria Falls Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent
Hwange Bush Camp, Zimbabwe
28-Sep-2018 review: Hwange Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Hwange Bush Camp, Zimbabwe
30-Sep-2018 review: Hwange Bush Camp Fly Camping
ExcellentExcellent
Hwange Bush Camp, Zimbabwe
2-Oct-2018 review: Hwange Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
4-Oct-2018 review: Victoria Falls Hotel review
ExcellentExcellent

Namibia 14 day self drive adventure

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 23-Sep-2017 and 7-Oct-2017 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

This was our fourth visit to Namibia and the third time we have driven ourselves, using Expert Africa to organise our trip. Booking experience as usual was efficient and timely with costings and confirmations of accommodation quickly achieved.

Comprehensive pack provides all the information you need for your trip.

Bidvest hire car provided an added bonus this year - we would definitely recommend a Ford Ranger to cope with the gravel roads.

Accommodation exactly as we expected, Etendeka Mountain Camp however was an exceptional experience and Mushara Bush Camp and Olive Exclusive did not disappoint.

Etosha in the dry season provided excellent wildlife viewing with hundreds of elephant, seven black rhino, lion encountered every day including sightings of males fighting and a kill by a waterhole. We were also lucky enough to follow a leopard for thirty minutes one morning.

We sighted just under a hundred different birds, including fifteen different raptors.

Would not hesitate to recommend this as a safe, self drive destination and price-wise, very cost effective compared to other African countries (which are priced in dollars).

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
23-Sep-2017 review: Okonjima Plains Camp review
GoodGood
Doro Nawas, Namibia
24-Sep-2017 review: Doro Nawas review
ExcellentExcellent
Etendeka Mountain Camp, Namibia
25-Sep-2017 review: Etendeka Mountain Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
27-Sep-2017 review: Grootberg Lodge review
GoodGood
Hobatere Lodge, Namibia
28-Sep-2017 review: Hobatere Lodge review
AverageAverage
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
30-Sep-2017 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
AverageAverage
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
1-Oct-2017 review: Mushara Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
2-Oct-2017 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
4-Oct-2017 review: Halali Camp review
GoodGood
Olive Exclusive, Namibia
6-Oct-2017 review: Olive Exclusive review
ExcellentExcellent

Namibia March 2016

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 16-Mar-2016 and 30-Mar-2016 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a fantastic time and felt very well looked after from booking through to follow up on our return.

This is our second Namibian trip booked with Sabina and we were not disappointed. The advice provided on both occasions was not only helpful but also very accurate.

We will certainly book with Expert Africa again.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

Could include prices with brochure to give a rough idea, it is more difficult now they are separate to have any idea whether the trips may be affordable without any information.

Feedback response

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I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Bullsport Guest Farm, Namibia
16-Mar-2016 review: Lovely place to stop on the way to Sossusvlei
ExcellentExcellent
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
17-Mar-2016 review: Wonderful location.... And even better staff
ExcellentExcellent
Pelican Bay Hotel, Namibia
19-Mar-2016 review: Standard Protea in excellent location
AverageAverage
Doro Nawas, Namibia
20-Mar-2016 review: Doro Nawas - welcome from the local people
ExcellentExcellent
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
21-Mar-2016 review: Tranquility at Grootberg
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
24-Mar-2016 review: Waterhole Chalet in Okaukuejo
AverageAverage
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
25-Mar-2016 review: A friendly welcome at Mushara Bush Camp
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
26-Mar-2016 review: Bush Chalet at Halali
AverageAverage
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
27-Mar-2016 review: Bush chalet - Okaukuejo
AverageAverage
Olive Exclusive, Namibia
29-Mar-2016 review: Olive Exclusive - an oasis in the city
GoodGood

Namibia July 2014

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 9-Jul-2014 and 20-Jul-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We had a great trip - we have visited Africa more than 20 times so had a good idea of what to expect. Having planned our route, Sabina helped us to refine, check what was actually possible from a driving distance perspective and find the best options available in each location.

There were some late changes, both on our part and Expert Africa's, which were handled very well. Things ran smoothly from collection of hire car to it's return almost two weeks later. Namibia is a great country to visit for a self-drive, we would highly recommend it as we would Expert Africa!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
9-Jul-2014 review: Okonjima Plains Camp review
GoodGood
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
10-Jul-2014 review: Mushara Bush Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Halali Camp, Namibia
11-Jul-2014 review: Halali Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
13-Jul-2014 review: Okaukuejo Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Dolomite Camp, Namibia
15-Jul-2014 review: Dolomite Camp review
GoodGood
Mowani Mountain Camp, Namibia
16-Jul-2014 review: Mowani Mountain Camp review
ExcellentExcellent
Lagoon Lodge, Namibia
18-Jul-2014 review: Lagoon Lodge review
ExcellentExcellent
GocheGanas, Namibia
20-Jul-2014 review: Gocheganas Lodge & Spa review
ExcellentExcellent