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Travel reviews by Ms F & Mr S from Virginia

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

3

Excursions taken

0

Botswana Safari

Botswana between 19 Mar 2011 and 26 Mar 2011

Trip rating: Average
"In retrospect, it probably was a mistake to go at this time of year. Our timing was dictated by the fact that we were already in Africa.

However, the rainy season meant that the animals were widely dispersed, requiring long rides in the vehicles to see handfuls of animals. And areas of the concessions were inaccessible owing to high water. Also the tall grass meant that animals were hard to see. There were magic moments during our week, but not enough of them to justify the considerable expense.

Our dissatisfactions with the safari have nothing to do with Expert Africa itself."

Arranged By Maruska Adye-Rowe


Mapula Lodge

Mapula Lodge

"Mapula Lodge review"

3 nights Arrived 19 Mar 2011
"Despite some difficulties, this was our favorite camp. The housing was fine; the meals were good (although meat tended to be overcooked and vegetables undercooked).The administrative (Nelson) and guiding and spotting staff (Matt, Carl, and G) were superb--the best we have ever had. They did their very best under difficult conditions.

The owner seems reluctant to put money in where it is needed. During the rainy season (the camp stays open), the drivers must drive through many ponds, which is hard on their vehicle starters. The owner doles out new starters one at a time, leaving many vehicles at the camp out of service and some visitors stranded in mid game drive.. Also the wooden bridge near the entrance to the lodge is well underwater. Not only is it bone rattling to drive over, but it is sure to rot, causing a serious accident to the unlucky vehicle that happens to be driving over it at that time.

Staff appears to be disgruntled--the last remaining cook quit, leaving the camp on the same plane as us. Why was the camp our favorite despite these problems? We saw the most game here. Our fellow guests were the most congenial of the three camps we stayed in. We had the most interesting conversations with fellow guests and staff. The atmosphere of the camp is more informal than the other two camps."
Good
Location
Excellent
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Average
Facilities
Average
Little Kwara

Little Kwara

"Little Kwara review"

2 nights Arrived 22 Mar 2011
"The rooms are certainly luxurious at this camp; more luxurious than we needed actually. The staff, especially Lizzie and DT, were friendly and helpful.

Our main reason for disgruntlement at this camp has to do with our guide, Rex, who was a new employee and whose book knowledge was more extensive than his knowledge of the location of the animals at this concession. Also he was not very personable, which meant that the atmosphere in our vehicle (we were the only guests in that vehicle) was less convivial than it might have been.

Whether it was owing to his lack of skill or to simple bad luck, we saw fewer animals at this camp than did our fellow guests who had other guides. Lizzie, the manager, was responsive to our concerns and acted on them promptly."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Activities
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent
Lagoon Camp

Lagoon Camp

"Lagoon Camp review"

2 nights Arrived 24 Mar 2011
"Here again, the camp facilities were unnecessarily luxurious. We certainly did not need as much space as our unit provided. We would gladly have traded fancy facilities for better guiding.

Thabo seemed knowledgeable enough, but we and the other couple in our vehicle (experienced safari go-ers) agreed on our first full day out that we had never been on a game drive on which we saw so little in the way of game. We joked that Thabo must be afraid of elephants given his skill in avoiding any sightings of them. We did have better sightings of variety of animals on the game drive on the morning of our departure.

The highlight of the camp for us was the river cruise. It was not that game was so visible from the boat (save for many hippos and quite a few birds), but just that the scenery was entrancing and the trip (with our very congenial vehicle-sharers) very relaxing."
Average
Location
Average
Service
Excellent
Activities
Average
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Excellent
Facilities
Excellent

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