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kelilynnmarshall
Salchi, Mexico

OUTSTANDING experience!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 Mar 2023
Outstanding service and experience!

Our group of 7 had the pleasure of experiencing Track & Trail River camp through the recommendation from Ryan at Socially Responsible Safaris @srsafaris.

From the time we arrived until we left the camp, we were treated exceptionally well. The warm greeting from owners Cece & Peter, to the staff smiles from Albert and others made us feel welcome and at home.

The accommodations were spacious, clean and had everything you needed for a comfortable stay. The rooms have fans and big nets over the beds to protect you from mosquitoes along with an incredible view of the river. Listening to the hippos snacking on grass outside your cabin was such a special experience. “Pinch me am I dreaming?” was a constant comment from our group during our stay.

The food is - WOW! We had a few in our group with a few food allergies and restrictions and the chef’s made sure that no detail was missed in providing exceptional options for all.

You feel safe and secure when sleeping as Pearson takes good care to ensure you are safe to your room each night with the open camp it’s exciting to hear what animals travelled through the camp at night.

Vic who was our safari guide was OUTSTANDING! We had many game drives from early morning to late evening and amongst our list we saw giraffe, elephant, hippos, buffalo, zebra, lion & 9 baby lion cubs to much much more! The open air land cruiser was covered to protect you from the sun as well as comfortable seating. He had rain coats when needed, blankets as well as delicious drinks and snacks for our break times.

I can’t say enough about our safari experience and look forward to visiting again!
Date of stay: March 2023
Room Tip: No AC, but don’t need it with the fan and cool evenings. The safari can arrange for your...
Trip type: Travelled on business
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    Reviewed 13 January 2023 via mobile

    The camp itself is a little paradise so close to the river, the hippos, monkeys strolling around and many other animals.
    The food in the evening is just delicious and very creative and tasty.
    The drives throughout the park with Peter are just unforgettable experiences I will never forget. He has such a big knowledge and never tired to share it. Always finding the best spots to watch the big variations of wild animals. I will for sure come back!

    Date of stay: November 2022
    Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

    Thanks so much Jasmin, it was a pleasure to have you here at Track and Trail River Camp.

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    Reviewed 7 January 2023

    We really enjoyed our stay at the Track and Trail camp. The lodges are so cozy and lovingly decorated. The food was unexpected deliciouses. Also the little outdoor gym and the pool are a nice variety after the safari tours (games). We saw so many animals at this time... was really a breathtaking experience. These place is really something special.

    Date of stay: November 2022
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    Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

    Great review Andrea. Thanks so much for your contribution.

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    Reviewed 9 October 2022

    This was our third visit ….
    Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by Chichi.
    Since we were staying here for 14 days , we were lucky and got the honeymoon suite.
    What a room or rather what a huge flat : so spacious wit separate bathroom, (and also tube), separate toilet, safe, plenty of space for the cloths, separate salon, and a few seats in front of the bad …. And still a ball room in the middle free space.
    Cloths were washed within one day ….

    The food is really extra-ordinary : lunch as well as dinner is a 3-course menu BUT during our 2 weeks we have never ever had the same coming back. And it was delicious, it really is.

    And Chic and her team are constantly looking after you making sure everything is ok and you feel comfortable / at home.
    My wife was a few days not OK but Chichi took care of it….. THX soooo much.

    The safari: what can I say …..Peter is an extra-ordinary guide, spotter but also driver . He knows the park inside out. And above all an excellent photographer: he places the car where you would like to have it without asking…. , he anticipates what will happen …. He reads the situation…
    He knows perfectly well what will happen.
    Over the two weeks, I don’t think I had to ask Peter to move the car once.

    And the there is also Andrew, his spotter. This guy is from another planet: he evens spots chameleon on the night drive.

    T&T advertise they offer photographic safaris : well they do .
    After T&T we have spent some time in the north of south-luangwa in some camps which also offer these kind of safaris but they don’t come close , not even close, to what T&T is offering .

    Chichi, Peter and the team : thank you very much .
    Greetings to all going from mechanics, gardening, kitchen, room serves, pool, …

    We’ll be back

    Date of stay: September 2022
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    Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

    Hi Rob, Great to read your story about your experience at T&TRC. Hopefully we meet again one dat.

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    Reviewed 24 August 2022

    We started planning our safari almost four years ago, and with Peters help, originally settled on a three location break, with Track & Trail dealing with the additional lodge bookings and the internal flights for us, making the whole planning very easy. Unfortunately COVID intervened and after cancelling the international flights twice, and simplifying the schedule we finally arrived in Mfwue in August 2022. This was our first safari, and in fact our first trip to Africa. We were not disappointed!!
    Track & Trail are ideally located, just a few minutes from the entrance to the national park, and on most occasions, we were the first vehicle in, avoiding the dust and able to get an early view of the animals. I have no previous experience of such safaris, or different national parks in Africa, but I can say that South Luangwa has set the bar extremely high! Animal sightings were plentiful and with the benefit of Peter or his team of guides & ‘spotters’, we were treated to a range of animal & bird sightings, informative explanations of animal behavior or photographic techniques culminating in a wonderful and memorable experience! While the big cats and elephants are impressive, we were also shown some of the smaller African wildlife and an abundance of stunning birdlife. This is a company which cares about the whole of African wildlife and not just the big game.
    As for the camp itself, it is ideally located and very comfortable. Peter’s wife Chichi, and all the staff made us feel very welcome and relaxed. We were gratefully upgraded to the “honey moon” chalet, which was very spacious and comfortable. The food was delightful and the staff constantly helpful and welcoming.
    Whether you are an avid photographer or simply wish to see the wildlife through your own eyes, I have no hesitation in recommending Track & Trail and Peter Geraerdts and his team.
    Many thanks Peter for a truly memorable experience.

    Date of stay: August 2022
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    Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

    Thanks a lot Kevin for this great review. Hopefully we meet again one day in the bush

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    Reviewed 21 August 2022

    We were fortunate to (finally, after 2 years of Covid delays) stay at this amazing camp very close to the Mfuwe entrance to South Luangwa National Park. We stayed in one of the river chalets which had an extremely comfortable large bed, two seating areas, a large shower, tub and view of the river from two large windows. The room had all the comforts of a luxury lodge and the food was of equally high quality with dishes which varied each day. Exceptionally high quality and levels of service. Chichi and the camp team were so attentive, welcoming and friendly - nothing was too much trouble and we really felt part of a family during our time there.

    In terms of game drives, we had booked sole use of a vehicle with Peter as guide for a specialist photographic safari. Peter’s exceptional guiding and knowledge of the bush is enhanced by his photographic skills ensuring we were always in the best place for photographs as well as anticipating animal behaviour. We were able to stay with interesting sightings longer as well as learning some specific photographic techniques. Highlights of our time with Peter included multiple leopard sightings, wild dogs, elephants, over 130 different birds (casual viewing as opposed to concentrating on finding them), amazing scenes with amazing light at dusk and dawn… and many, many owls - we have our best ever spot-light photos due to Peter and Andrew’s (our tracker) skills to find the birds and Peter’s photographic tuition.

    We thoroughly recommend Track and Trail River Camp as a place to stay for the Mfuwe sector, with brilliant accommodation, a wonderful swimming pool, gym and bar / restaurant and food at great prices. South Luangwa is magical and we will always opt for Track and Trail River Camp when we return to this area, it would be like returning home.

    Room tip: All of the river view chalets are exceptional
    Date of stay: July 2022
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    Peter Geraerdts, Owner at Track And Trail River Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2023

    Hi Kevin and Nicky, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating. We really appreciated your stay with us. Please let us know what we can do for you in the near future.

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