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Travel reviews by Carol M from Illinois

Unbeatable Itinerary Even With the Road Trips

On this trip, I visited Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe between 23-Oct-2018 and 30-Nov-2018 and I travelled alone.

Overall my trip experience was:


This was my third African safari adventure and – aside from the fact that I still have not crossed the Aardvark, Pangolin or Pel's Fishing Owl off my "must see" list – the trip exceeded my expectations in many ways. I liked the wide range and variety of camps and the mixture of air and road transfers, even if two of the latter were, to put it mildly, arduous. I don't regret having experienced the long drive from Amalinda to Somalisa or the one from Mkulumadzi to Pumulani, but I wouldn't want to do either of them again.

I'm happy I returned to Zimbabwe and Zambia – two outstanding wildlife countries with exceptionally skilled guides – and I very much enjoyed my introduction to Malawi. The Majete Wildlife Reserve is still in its infancy but holds great promise, and I found Lake Malawi breathtaking to look at and fascinating to explore.

Working with the Expert Africa team – and particularly with Freddie Sutton – to plan my month-long itinerary was great fun and very rewarding. Freddie is experienced, knowledgeable, patient and, above all, flexible. He responded quickly to all of my requests for changes and updates, and he always found an attractive alternative where one was needed. Even when a slight glitch arose during my time away, he immediately resolved it and all went well.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Amalinda Lodge, Zimbabwe
1-Nov-2018 review: Amalinda is Amazing!
Somalisa Camp, Zimbabwe
4-Nov-2018 review: "Home Sweet Home" Somalisa
Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
12-Nov-2018 review: Elegance Personified -- That's Thorntree!
Musekese Camp, Zambia
15-Nov-2018 review: Musekese Camp -- Well Worth a Visit
Nkwali, Zambia
18-Nov-2018 review: Meet Wildlife Galore at Nkwali
Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi
22-Nov-2018 review: Close Encounters with the Nyala at Mkulumadzi
Pumulani, Malawi
26-Nov-2018 review: Pumulani -- The Next Best Thing to Paradise