Just returned after a 12 day Okavango Delta/Chobe/Vic Falls trip and had a great time. But there are some things I wish I knew before I went, so I decided to write a review. I was also a little freaked out by the reviews on here and had a hard time figuring out what was valid. I'll split it up into pros and cons:
-good value for the money
-the tents and vans were actually in better working order than I was expecting
-both guides Lloyd and David were excellent- knowledgeable, friendly, cooked good hot meals for dinner
-had a GREAT trip and no major issues- loved the places we went and things we did
-they warn you that this is a "participation" budget safari but all you do is put up your tents and help with dishes- really not a big deal. otherwise the guide does it all
-the majority of the people we met were nice and fun (age ranges from 20's to 40's)
- small groups were a plus (6 people and then 8). when you see some of the big overland trucks with 30 people you really appreciate that you're not on it!
- didn't know that it wasn't one 12 day tour, but rather two different segments (Okavango Delta / Chobe & Vic Falls). All of their tours are really 3-5 day segments that you can mix and match. This means that it was actually 2 separate tours with two different tour guides and two different groups of people. The negative is that in order to drop people off and get new ones, you can end up spending a day or two of wasted time backtracking or meeting up. That was a little annoying, especially since they didn't make it clear from the start. And had we known they were segments, we likely would have added on a 4 day Kruger trip (but didn't realize that this was an option)
-in Vic Falls you should be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars on activities because there's not much that's included in the tour and you're there for 3 days.
All in it was a great trip and a good value for the money. I talked to some other folks along the way on other operators' trips and it seems like they were all comparable and each of us was satisfied with our own tour.
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