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Travel reviews by Mrs B London


One of our best holidays ever

On this trip, I visited Tanzania & Zanzibar between 17-Oct-2015 and 27-Oct-2015 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Wonderful and unforgettable trip. We did so much but also had a chance to relax.

The only slight hitch was the elections which took place on 25 October, causing some disruption in Zanzibar. We had to alter our days for visiting Stonetown and doing our boat cruise. While that wasn't a big deal, I think had there been more violence following the results being announced, we could have had problems getting home. As it was we heard reports of tear gas and demonstrations on 27 October but they did not affect us.

Expert Africa should have let us know in advance that the elections were taking place - date, possible repercussions etc - we may have then decided to do Zanzibar first followed by Selous.

Feedback response

We are sorry that the general election in Tanzania was not discussed in detail before these travellers departed on their trip. We are glad to hear that these elections have taken place without any major incident or interruption to international travel - as they did in 2010 when the general election was last held. We always keep a very close eye on the political situation in all of the countries that we feature and we would always warn our travellers if we ever felt there was cause for concern. Nonetheless we understand that events such as these should be brought to our travellers attention in the lead up to their trip, and we will do our best to ensure that they are discussed in future.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Sand Rivers Camp, Tanzania
18-Oct-2015 review: g Sand Rivers stay
ExcellentExcellent
Unguja Lodge, Zanzibar
22-Oct-2015 review: Unguja lodge Zanzibar
ExcellentExcellent

The most memorable holiday we have had

On this trip, I visited Namibia between 20-Aug-2010 and 5-Sep-2010 and I travelled with 4 other people.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

Quite unforgettable. The scenary, the people, the animals at Etosha, the roads(!). Such a colourful experience
I can see why people return (we met one guy on his 10th trip)

We feel that we have been away for a month.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

The only thing is perhaps to reiterate to travellers that the GWR lodges in Etosha are pretty basic compared to private lodges (at least Halali is - Namatoni looked rather better and that is the impression we got from other travellers and apparently another one is opening in the north of Etosha that is good too)

Also, I think that Uk drivers do need to understand that the gravel roads are very very different from tar roads. We found driving on them for hours an uncomfortable experience. Some of the D roads and those round Grootberg were terrible. Maybe they are good compared to most of Africa but not compared to Europe

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Haus Sonneneck, Namibia
21-Aug-2010 review: lovely peaceful place to relax after flight
ExcellentExcellent
Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia
22-Aug-2010 review: wonderful location
ExcellentExcellent
Cornerstone Guesthouse, Namibia
24-Aug-2010 review: Lovely hosts
ExcellentExcellent
Grootberg Lodge, Namibia
27-Aug-2010 review: fantastic and dramatic location
GoodGood
Taleni Etosha Village, Namibia
29-Aug-2010 review: really relaxing place
GoodGood
Halali Camp, Namibia
30-Aug-2010 review: a bit of a institution after the other places
AverageAverage
Mushara Bush Camp, Namibia
31-Aug-2010 review: overall our favourite place
ExcellentExcellent
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia
2-Sep-2010 review: best gardens of anywhere
ExcellentExcellent