All the arrangements worked perfectly – no hiccups at all. We will certainly use Cedarberg again and will recommend the company to others. We were particularly impressed by the fact that the ground agents met us from every flight and saw us on to the next flight so if anything had gone awry there was someone on hand to help us sort it out. As one gets older that is enormously comforting.
Latitude 15 in Lusaka was a very comfortable place to recover from the journey out from the UK. Kafunta was also very good. The only downside for us, after a few days, was constantly having to use the pontoon crossing but once in the park the game viewing was excellent Kakuli was enormous fun. They have a terrific manager in Claire Holman. Great food, lovely staff. The ideal bush camp but may need a wee bit of updating in the not-too-distant future but not too much – it would spoil the atmosphere and intimacy. We understand some things are being planned and we have offered our free services to quality test any improvements when they are done! Chongwe River Camp – a very special place. Wonderfully run by Flossie and her team. Terrific location. We had such a good time there and as with the other camps we will certainly return.
We had not been on safari at this time of year before – normally preferring September – but the fact that it is after the rains and before the high season starts meant that none of the lodges were full to capacity. This meant that, on the whole, we were able to have a guide and vehicle to ourselves. Our pet hate is people on game drives who persist in talking in loud voices about inanities or who are really not interested in the bush or wildlife but want to be able to tell their friends back home that they have been to Africa on safari. It was a great joy to be able to stop when we saw something interesting for as long as we liked without feeling pressurised by having someone with us who was bored. All our guides, Martin, Julius and particularly George, who told us several things we hadn’t heard before, were excellent and good company.
Another time, we would explore the possibility of flying directly to Livingstone, once international flights start going in there, and taking a Proflight flight directly into Lusaka thus cutting out Johannesburg completely. The other alternative is flying with Emirates via Dubai into Lusaka.
How likely is that you would recommend us? 10 – Extremely likely