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Holiday review by Phillip Haywood

Name: Mr Phillip Haywood
Date of trip: 24/08/2013
Number of people: 2
Country: Zambia

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "Tracy was very helpful. "
 
Guides: "Guides at Chongwe and Potato Bush were excellent. Guides at Wasa and Shoebill were good but their English was not good enough to explain all the flora and fauna. All knowledgeable and responsible though."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "I suspect that Wasa and Shoebill were more benficial to local people than Chongwe and Potato bush"

Accommodation

 
Potato Bush Camp
As for Chongwe they were excellent and offered a very personal service. It only had 4 tents/lodges so there were only a few other guests to share experiences at meal times. It did however mean we had a guide to ourselves who could focus on our needs only.
 
Shoebill Camp
The tents and facilities were getting old and basic but not unexpected. Again people were great.
 
Chongwe River Camp
They did everything to make the stay enjoyable. So welcoming. Food and facilities fantastic. So much on offer to do from walks, boat trips, drives and night drives. Sam was a great guide who did all he could to find the wildlife. It is outside just outside the park so drives did not go that far into the park. You now have to pay $15 per person for landing at Royal airstip which we were not expecting.
 
Wasa Lodge
The lodge was basic but this was as expected. The people were excellent and very pleasant. Food was simple but very good. Sam Phillips was a great mamager and leader for us at Wasa and Shoebill. Boydy was wonderfully helpful.

Our Memories

"Wading through the swamps at Bangweulu to see shoebill. Daylight viewing of leopard stationary by side of tree then walking to fallen tree and lying on this tree in classic leopard pose Lions and cubs from less than 10 metres"
"Elephants walking in the Lower Zambezi camps within 2 metres of the tents. Swimming in Devil's Pool at Victoria falls. Rainbows in Vic Falls Sundowners on Zambezi river "

customer rating

5/5 from 46 reviews

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: Flights from Europe to Lusaka take about 10 hours. Lusaka International Airport is about 25km from the city centre (about 30 minutes transfer).

Language: Zambia's official language is English, but outside of the cities few people speak it.

Visas: Visas are required for most nationalities, although a waiver can normally be organized in advance for British citizens.

Health: This is a malarial country.

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