Zambezi Expeditions

Reviews of Zambezi Expeditions

Excellent(96%) From 9 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 9 of our travellers who have visited Zambezi Expeditions, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs E from Croydon
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great experience at Zambezi Expeditions

Great location beside the Zambezi, with animals - elephants, hippos, lions - coming right into camp. Wonderfully welcoming, helpful and friendly staff, led by our exceptional host, Sabasten. Tents were quite basic but very comfortable, with bucket showers available whenever we wanted. The food was excellent, provided by Derrick the chef and his assistants. Our guide, Cloud, was wonderful, very knowledgeable and friendly. He worked very hard for us to get the best experience from our safari, including having to pull our canoe in places as the river levels were so low. The canoe safari provided excellent viewing of hippos and elephants from a different perspective. We would not hesitate to return.

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Andy & Karen from Hereford
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Simple but perfect

This is a fantastic simple camp on the banks of the Zambezi run by a truly wonderful team.

The tents are not luxurious but are clean and very comfortable, looking out over the Zambezi River to the hills of Zambia beyond. Outside en-suite facilities include perfectly acceptable bucket showers and heated water in the mornings or when you want it. To lie in bed listening to the sound of hippos and other camp visitors at night is the archetypal African experience and this is the place to do it (Africa as it used to be).

Without doubt it is the staff, however, who turn this camp from good to brilliant. It was like staying with friends for 3 nights and we wish we could have stayed longer. Every single person in camp was a delight and a credit to African Bush Camps.

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Mr VH & Ms VB from NL
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Zambezi Expeditions review

From the moment we arrived, everyone made us feel welcome in a non-fabricated way. Staff and guides all gave the impression of genuinly enjoying their work and their enthousiasm was contagious. Very high level of professionalsm without being formal. The emphasis on guiding is obvious, but other members of staff were just as good, which made the camp a complete picture. Location right on the riverbank is fantastic. The park itself is packed with wildlife and at the same time relatively quiet when it comes to tourists. Even with the wild dogs sightings we never saw more than 6 vehicles at the same time. Incredible encounters with elephants, hyenas and all kinds of antilope right in front of the tents. African Bush Camps keep a very good balance between a true safari experience on one side and environmental care, safety and sustainability on the other side. We were impressed by the level of knowledge the guides showed, ranging from the latin names of plants to mixing the perfect G&T.
In all; very highly recommended and a shame we had to leave.

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Mr & Mrs R from Kingston
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful down to earth Zambezi Expeditions

We stayed 3 nights at this wonderful, down to earth tented camp. It was exactly the experience we wanted. Would be perfect for someone who is not wanting "luxury". The tents are simple, there is sufficient storage, cotton robes are provided, a bucket shower (which does 2 showers) which can be ordered cold, warm or hot, a flush toilet and cold running water. Refillable metal bottles in the room for drinking (not recommended for guests to drink the tap water).

It was quite hot when we visited (although we understand it will get hotter). A fan in the room is the only suggestion we have for improvement.

We were driven to the camp by Guide TK (then Cloud was our wonderful guide for the duration of our stay) and met by the staff singing and dancing. Wow! Camp Host Dophas was a warm and congenial man ("down to earth" was his description of the camp) and we enjoyed the conversations around the fire. All the staff were great. They tried to help me with my Shona pronunciations, Ndatenda!

We found the meals here were the best of our 3 camps. Lunches were self serve, some dinners were plated. Especially loved the tilapia bream plate one night and the oxtail stew on the traditional night. Veggies always cooked perfectly, good salads, lovely desserts. All good!

Mana Pools was a bit busier than Hwange NP in that we saw vehicles from other camps more frequently, and many self drivers. But this did not really detract from the experience, it's just worth noting. Certainly, if anyone had a sighting, they passed on the information to other drivers.

We noticed a difference in the sightings from Hwange as well: animals seemed to be sighted as individuals or in small groups. We did not see many larger groups of animals. Although we were lucky to see a pack of wild dogs twice (a group of 9 including pups). Among our other sightings were many eland, cape buffalo, of course many elephants, hippos, 2 male lions, and zebras.

On our last morning, we were given a takeaway lunch as we left, which was much appreciated.

Thank you to Cloud and Dophas especially, also Peter, TK, Sebastian and all of the wonderful staff. Apologies for forgetting or misspelling some names. Dophas: you did indeed exceed expectations.

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Miss J from Bushey
Arrived on: 22-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Laughter!!

A day on a walking Safari is a must do, you defiantly see thing's from another perspective, very exciting moment when we bumped into a Bull Elephant on it's own, another highlight, was the canoeing down the Zambezi, trying to keep out of the way of the Hippo's, all the staff were lovely and banter was excellent, just lot's of laughter, love those guy's!!

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Dr G & Dr E from UK
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fabulous spot on the river

There was an issue with the guiding which has now been addressed by Expert Africa with African Bush Camps

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Expert Africa comments

These travellers had an issue with the guiding here, however this has been resolved to the guests satisfaction. We are certain that this camp, and its management, have taken steps to ensure that this does not happen again.

Mr & Mrs H from Lincs
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Zambezi Life Styles review

This camp was totally different to Somalisa but no less amazing. To be so close to the wildlife is something neither of us will forget. Every night we heard hyena, hippos and the occasional lions.

Although the tents were not as luxurious as Somalisa they were still comfortable and had all we needed.

Again all the staff were friendly and as we were the only ones in the camp they were very attentive.

Considering the Chef was cooking on open fires the food was incredible.

Our guide, Lovemore, took us on a couple of walking safaris which was an experience in itself. On one walk we came across a lioness on a buffalo kill which took all of us by surprise, especially as it turned out she was part of a pride of eight lions.

This was a wonderful experience being by the Zambezi River with all the wildlife around us.

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Mr R from Halifax
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great Safari with Zambezi Life Styles

Zambezi Life Styles is a bush camp but the food and the service provided is first class.

The camp staff are excellent, and the Game drives & walks led by the amazing Lovemore were fantastic.

We had Elephants in camp during the day and Lions in camp at night, along with the occasional Hyaena.

All this and canoeing on the Zambezi River....Wonderful

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Mrs P from Agde, France
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The best of all!!!

A special thanks to Fisher and all the staff for making such a wonderful stay for us.
Alone ( with the staff) at the camp, with hyenas, lions, elephants, hippos, buffalos... during the night, ang we just stay into the room and listen to them! The game drive, with some walks, at last, but so fantastic. Chasing the buffalos walking, approach lions or elephants... Waht a special feeling! The camp is in a beautiful location, the shower so nice and the "chef" is simply fantastic. How can he cook such delicious meals in this conditions, it seems not to be possible.
For me one of the best camp of Africa.

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