Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs M from E Sussex
Total number of trips
Lodges stayed in
My Sep 2022 trip
Zambia and 1 other country between 23 Sep 2022 and 2 Oct 2022
Could not fault Expert Africa who we have travelled with many times and keep coming back to as they are excellent at all the logistics and we never have had a problem.
We never have to worry that we will be stranded on an air strip somewhere!"
Arranged By Tom Morris
"Takwela Camp review"
"Mwaleshi Camp review"
We walked to it from Takwela which was a great experience. Our guide at this camp, Brent, was extremely knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed our walks in the bush and among the animals.
Walking up on a leopard was a highlight.
We were very well looked after in the camp and it was very peaceful."
"Vundu Camp review"
We were disappointed with the Mana Pools area along the Zambezi as it was very overgrazed. Our guide also wasn’t that engaged.
The managers were extremely good and went out of their way to try and make our stay a success and we enjoyed that we could go out on a boat on the Zambezi and could do some fishing."
We have passed on the comments about the camp needing renovation - the team at Vundu has a rolling system of upgrades that will continue this winter before opening for 2023 so we hope it will be looking at its best for the new season.
Vundu pride themselves on top quality guiding and have apologized that on this occasion their guide fell short of the high standards they expect. Steps have been taken to ensure this experience is not repeated.
My September 2016 holiday
Kenya between 22 Sep 2016 and 30 Sep 2016
We felt that Laikipia Wilderness Camp was truly special and suited us perfectly as we are all country people who adore the bush. We loved the amount of freedom and lack of routine which meant that every day was different. We could relax in a bush environment, seeing animals, birds, fishing etc. and feel that we were in 'proper' Africa.
This was balanced well with more luxury at Elsa's Kopje which we all enjoyed. Elsa's is in a fabulous location and there is always very good game and birding there. The managers, Philip and Charlie, run the camp extremely well and are very attentive to guests needs. We did a lot of driving on this trip, first to Laikipia and then between Laikipia and Elsa's. The drivers were good but each drive was a bit long and bumpy, although very interesting. This was not helped that on both occasions, the drivers were very late.
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Arranged By Richard Trillo
"Perfect Overnight stop"
Everyone was very pleased to have a great meal in the Spur restaurant next door when we arrived!"
"Amazing Experience at Laikipia Wilderness Cam"
We saw plenty of game, and all the big five. We tracked the wild dogs on several occasions, and spent time watching them hunt and interact which was incredibly special.
We did some great walks, went swimming in a waterfall, spent time fishing, camped out one night, had meals out in the bush, and felt that it was as how Africa should be. The food was very good and everyone in the camp was friendly and looked after us very well."
"Very Special Camp"
The game is excellent as are the birds. The camp itself is beautifully situated on the Kopje with lovely rooms and incredible views, and a beautiful infinity pool that looks over the plains. The food is delicious and the whole camp is run extremely well.
We enjoy going into the Rhino enclosure to spot the rhino and always find it amazing that considering how many rhino are in there, it is still hard to find them!"
December Tanzanian trip 2013
Tanzania and 1 other country between 23 Dec 2013 and 9 Jan 2014
Zanzibar was great and we really loved Pongwe Beach Hotel. It's a beautiful place with a great bar, restaurant and sitting area. It was very relaxing and we enjoyed walking to a local restaurant for lunch one day. Only negative thing was being in the garden rooms, rather than the sea facing, as they were much better rooms with more breeze. We left one night early so that we could go to Stone town and had a great night there at Emerson Spice. We very much enjoyed Stone Town.
Beho Beho and the Selous were fantastic. Our room had a magnificent view and it was very luxurious. The whole lodge emphasises the luxury and it is very comfortable with great food. Unfortunately, we were the only ones there for the majority of our stay, so it felt a bit empty. However, the managers, guides and staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable and did their utmost to make us feel at home. We saw a lot of game and did some walking, although it was extremely hot while we were there so could not walk as much as I would have liked.
Once again, Expert Africa organised a brilliant trip for us and everything went extremely smoothly. Only one issue was with Echo Tours in Zanzibar who failed to pick us up on time on two occasions. In their defence, we had changed the times, but had given them plenty of notice."
Nomad Serengeti Safari Camp
"Great Location at Nomad"
The service was extremely good and friendly, and the food was excellent. It was great sitting around the campfire each night.
We had a brilliant guide, called Godwin, who was very knowledgeable, and who we all enjoyed spending time with. We were extremely lucky in that the wildebeest migration was happening around us and we also saw so much game it made it all very special.
We were at the camp for Christmas and the management went out of their way to make this a special time for us. It was very much appreciated."
Kirurumu Ngorongoro Lodge
"Kirurumu Ngorongoro Lodge"
However, the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The best thing about the camp was its location, and we felt more kindly about it when we saw how far away some of the other camps were."
Pongwe Beach Hotel
"Idyllic Beach at Pongwe"
The infinity swimming pool was a wonderful extra, especially when the tide was out. We had a brilliant New Year's Eve celebration here with a delicious seafood BBQ on the beach, followed by dancing. Great fun, and very well organised.
It was very hot while we were here although there was a strong sea breeze. As we were in the garden rooms, we didn't really benefit from the sea breeze. Our only disappointment with Pongwe was that we were not in sea facing rooms."
We had an excellent day trip to Lake Tagalala with very good game and bird viewing, and I did a very enjoyable morning walk in the bush.
Unfortunately, apart from two nights, we were the only ones in the lodge which made it rather quiet. It would have made for a more social atmosphere if there had been other people staying."
South Luangwa Trip Jun 2012
Zambia between 16 Jun 2012 and 23 Jun 2012
Once again, Ellie and Expert Africa had organised everything very well which meant that we had no worries about the connections between the camps and everything went very smoothly.
In retrospect, everyone preferred Tafika to Mwamba and all thought they would go back. We were disappointed with the Camp Out and all felt that it was Patrick who made Mwamba. Perhaps Mwamba was a little too rustic.
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We are very pleased with the high quality of service that you offer, and your personal knowledge of the camps."
We all gained knowledge from Brian's excellent guiding and expertise and never felt hurried when we wanted to stop and look at birds or watch animals. The evening drives with the sundowners beside the river listening and watching the hippos, and then the spotting in the dark meant that we saw a huge number of nocturnal animals.
That part of the South Luanga Park is slightly restricted, so after four days, we became familiar with the drives. However, it was not a problem as we continued to see new animals and birds. Our walk with Brian was interesting and informative and it was impressive to watch Brighton make a fire with a stick. The three of us who went up in the micro-light with John found the experience exhilarating and very worthwhile. Crossing the South Luangwa by canoe to go to our next camp was part of the fun.
In all, a superior camp where we all felt very relaxed and saw a lot of game and birds."
"Mwamba Bushcamp Review"
The staff were very attentive and friendly, and looked after us well. The game and bird viewing were good and Patrick is a superior guide with excellent knowledge and skills, and a very pleasant companion. Two of the party who stayed in the camp while the rest of us went to the Camp Out were well looked after by Myam."
"Mwamba Camp Out"
We felt that although we wanted a 'bush' experience and sleeping out, we would have like fly tents, chairs and a table."
We are extremely sorry to read that these travellers had been disappointed with their experience on the Mwamba Camp Out, although at least the walking experience, guiding and sightings seemed to have exceeded their expectations. We have always promoted our camp outs as a return to nature adventure, where guests can experience the plainness of a minimalist set up, away from usual distractions in order to connect with the wilderness at its simplest. It is definitely not for everyone.
Supper is normally enjoyed sitting on a log by the fire, the fare is simple, but it sounds like there may not have been enough in this instance. This should never be the case, one of the complaints we are well used to hearing is too much food!
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback, it is our goal to continually improve our safaris and a vital part of this is taking into account feedback from our guests.
A great holiday
Namibia between 16 Sep 2010 and 28 Sep 2010
Desert Rhino was our favourite place, followed by Ongava, Serra Cafema and then last would be Doro Nawas. We wouldn't stay at the Heinitzburg again.
The driving around was easy. You provided us with excellent information and all your arrangements were very well organised so we always knew where we were meant to be. If we did a trip again to Namibia, I think we would self-drive more or sort out a tented safari.
A negative we found with Namibia is that because of limited accommodation and because there are well-known sights, there is a sort of circuit that everyone appears to be doing, which made it feel a bit touristy.
On the positive side, the people are lovely and very helpful, and the country felt very safe to move around in.
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Not really, we felt that Expert Africa did a very good job and were very helpful. however, having spent many holidays and lived in Africa, we did feel that Namibia is a very expensive destination."
Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo
"Surreal night at the Heinitzburg Hotel"
We decided to eat there that night, as the view was so good from the terrace. However, the wine list was very over-priced and the food, although good, was rather pretentious. Having waiters wearing white gloves and whisking off silver tureens in unison, felt very peculiar in the middle of a small African city."
Desert Rhino Camp
"Fantastic atmosphere at Desert Rhino Camp"
Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. It has a great atmosphere and we enjoyed the communal dining with our guides and the camp managers. It has a very relaxed feel and the scenery is fantastic.
We enjoyed the rhino tracking immensely."
Ongava Tented Camp
"Ongava Tented Camp review"
Although everyone was very friendly here, we didn't feel it had the same relaxed feel as at Desert Rhino. There seemed to be much more of a separation between managers and staff.
Our tent was right next to the main area, which meant it was a little public at times. However, the quality of the room itself was extremely good.
We had fanatastic game viewing and had a great day in Etosha."
"Below Par Doro Nawas"
It was too large and did not have the personal touch. At times, it felt like a Butlin's holiday camp with the Activities Manager coming round to ask about what we wanted to do the next day.
We had to complain about lack of hot water, which although they tried to sort out, and did offer to move us, we declined as was told it was fixed, only to find no hot water again the next day... We were shocked at the cost of the activities from the camp. Luckily, we did not do full board and had already done all the local activities.
We had pre-paid for the desert elephant safari which was lucky as the cost from the camp was again totally excessive. To make matters worse, they put 9 people in the game truck, which is far too many for comfort or being able to take photos, especially in light of what they were charging.
The food was also not good at this camp.
Normally, we don't enjoy the singing from the staff, but at Doro Nawas they obviously really enjoyed themselves and the singing was very good."
"Beautiful Serra Cafema"
We couldn't fault it and had a great time there as the food is very good and there are interesting activities. However, it was too luxurious for us as we prefer to be part of the bush a bit more and prefer a simpler African experience.
We also suffered with lack of hot water here too!"
It was very relaxed and all the staff were very good. Our guide, Moffat and tracker, Issac, were excellent and very informative.
We had a choice of walking or going on game drives which suited us.
We felt very safe with them whenever out walking and learnt new information about the little things."