Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr & Mrs B - Winchester

Great safari/lakeside chill combination

On this trip, I visited Malawi & Zambia between 5-Oct-2014 and 20-Oct-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


7 nights in South Luangwa, Zambia with Robin Pope Safaris (3 different camps) followed by 7 nights chilling out at Likoma Island proved a great combination - Claire understood our interests and expectations well.

In game viewing terms we saw everything that we could have hoped for, and RPS are an efficient organisation with excellent guides. The 3 camps had very similar game and terrain - the contasts on our last trip between Selous and Ruaha in Tanzania were much greater. Nkwali and Tena Tena we would recommend, but Nsefu was spoilt by mosquito problems.

Kaya Mawa/Likoma Island is not for everyone (e.g.fussy N.Americans) but suited us perfectly with its laid back warm welcome, lack of commercialism, peaceful location and delightful staff - a great stress buster.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Nkwali, Zambia
6-Oct-2014 review: Top marks for management at Nkwali
Nsefu, Zambia
8-Oct-2014 review: Good team, shame about the mossies at Nsefu
Tena Tena, Zambia
11-Oct-2014 review: Imaginative guiding at Tena Tena
Kaya Mawa, Malawi
13-Oct-2014 review: Kaya Mawa - stress buster extraordinaire!

HeavenlyTanzanian contrasts, safari and beach

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 4-Oct-2012 and 19-Oct-2012 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


A very memorable trip to Tanzania, with the classic combination of safari and beach.

Everyone should try it once in a lifetime, and we will be back!

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Selous Impala Camp, Tanzania
5-Oct-2012 review: Great variety on foot/boat/vehicle
Mwagusi Safari Camp, Tanzania
9-Oct-2012 review: Brilliant guiding ensured fantastic game view
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel, Zanzibar
12-Oct-2012 review: Chilling in paradise
Beyt al Salaam, Zanzibar
17-Oct-2012 review: Good location in historic centre

an excellent self drive exploring adventure

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 3-Oct-2010 and 23-Oct-2010 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:


Apart from the route between Doro Nawas and Hobatere, and our last full day, the information and advice was thorough and very useful.

I think the instructions need to more consistent i.e. if comments are made about some bad roads, then ALL bad roads in the itinerary should be mentioned. Time or distance from the main road to the actual camps would be very useful.

We are not used to package holidays and it is easy to be complacent and think everything has been arranged in advance, all the maps perfect etc when using someone else.! I would have phoned ahead to all the places first to let them know when to expect us and check on directions. I am not sure what would have happened if we had a problem on route and not arrived which left me somewhat anxious especially as the phone did not always connect.

I bought a Namibian phone card which was good value - nb all internal text messages are free - you just pay for the calls.

The Bradt guide book was excellent - we almost left it behind and would have been stuck without it. We met other people using it.

The guide book had a few corrections to be made :

1) no walking tours included at Doro Nawas
2) Otavi - Rugger club was clearly not serving any meals
3) the Meteor Hotel in Otavi is called the Travel Inn on the main road so easy to miss it. A good recommendation and we had tasty pizzas.
4) In Etosha you talk about parking uder a tree in midday but we saw no trees where this can be done - suggest you delete this in next editions.
5) No garden centre restaurant in Okandja
6) Rhinos in Okandja was a simple restaurant run by a friendly family from Madeira and a good stop for a quick lunch.
7) In Okandja one lot of stalls has been burt down recently - only one lot of stalls now at the far end of the town.
8) Uis - beware of people selling crystals quite aggressively at the petrol station
9) If you want to go to the Tug Restaurant at Swakopmund you need to book it well in advance. In the end we got a late cancellation. Considered a touristy place by the locals but quite fun!
10) No ATMs in the Etosha Park - would have been useful to know this.
11) Petrol pump at Windhoek airport is not for the public. Only certain car hire companies can use it - Budget is one of them. Might be a good idea to fill up in Windhoek first to play safe.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

We felt that driving times as described were not always realistic for a small car. As mentioned before, it would be useful to know in advance how long it takes to drive up the private roads or how long they are. 5 or 7 kms is a long way when you think you have arrived!

We are not convinced that Doro Nawas was the best stop for 2 nights and that we could have spent the time doing something else more interesting such as visiting the cheetah or lion conservancies.

Rating the accommodation is difficult as a tent cannot be called excellent and there fore I have given a consistent good throughout the form. ~They were all spacious and airy with comfortable beds.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Olive Grove, Namibia
4-Oct-2010 review: perfect for a first night stay.
Sam's Giardino, Namibia
7-Oct-2010 review: Sam's secret garden!
Doro Nawas, Namibia
9-Oct-2010 review: Great for star gazing!
Hobatere Lodge, Namibia
11-Oct-2010 review: great for both animal and bird watching
Okaukuejo Camp, Namibia
12-Oct-2010 review: Take your tea or coffee down to the waterhole
Mushara Outpost, Namibia
14-Oct-2010 review: watch out for the dik dik and warthogs
Nhoma Camp, Namibia
15-Oct-2010 review: meet the bushmen!
Mundulea Reserve, Namibia
18-Oct-2010 review: experiencing real outdoor life
Eningu Clayhouse, Namibia
21-Oct-2010 review: delightful oasis