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What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour
Watching (and taking action photos of) African Fish Eagles catching fish on lake Malawi. Bird watching in Zomba around the hotel. And of course South Luangwa Park (pay for the extra game drives!) I got an amazing picture of a leopard hunting at night! The meals at Norman Carr lodge on lake Malawi were fantastic; the room (and meals) at Flat Dogs were top notch.
How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
My wife and I were lucky enough to be the only member of the 'group' (ie private guide!) for the whole tour. Our guide was attentive and actually modified the itinerary (we visited the Liwonde park instead of stopping at museum; our guide was a ranger in that park for years and knew it inside out!).
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
If you are like me and like photography buy or rent a good telephoto lens for the birds (500mm) and animals (300mm). We were looking forward to snorkeling in lake Malawi. This was a bit of a disappointment. The water was murky and the fish weren't that impressive (compared to other snorkeling destinations we have been to) plus there is the concern about Bilharzia (which locals seem to not find a big deal) - I would suggest you focus on watching the Fish Eagles!
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
"The game drives and wildlife. Owing to circumstances I was obliged this vist to Africa (my 8th) to stay in accommodation instead of normally camping so game drives were obviously not so numerous. However, the accommodation in Flatdogs was superb; it was a real pleasure to re-visit & we received a most warm welcome. The group was a little surprised that there was no one to thank on departure - perhaps there was a problem which necessitated everyone to be somewhere else at the time? Staff most helpful & friendly, the accommodation & catering still up to standard.
Game drives were well organized to experience both day night drives & well organized refreshment breaks.
The tour was very well planned; our time in Malawi gave us plenty of variety."
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
"Eric organised things well and always kept us up to date with what to expect the day following our arrivals at various destinations. His driving skills are impressive; always ready and willing to answer questions (in my case showing great patience as I am constantly asking questions covering a variety of subjects!) and a most pleasant personality."
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"Be prepared for 'Africa' time (!), make allowances (and expect, from time to time) for things that may go wrong and endeavour to make complaints to a tour leader with diplomacy and tact; a tour leader is not responsible for the failings of a third party."
Do you have anything else to add?
"Only one slight hitch when at the Lodge at Zomba we had well over an hour's wait for our dinner to be served which lead to a somewhat awkward moment when one of our group complained to Eric to do something about it in a rather undiplomatic manner. Having had exemplary service the previous evening we were finally served receiving a somewhat lame apology from a different maitre d' who was in complete contrast to the one who was on duty the first evening we arrived.
The staff at the hotel could not have been more helpful and willing, always with a smile and I am sure that the situation above was just a unfortunate 'one-off'."