Originally Posted by barney81
Hi, I'vin luangwa. Enjoy Zambia, its.
Im not sure where you get this information from Barney811. Why you would have had experience with Alec is a question you need to answer. Unless he was your guide, you would not have had any contact with him. He does not deal with bookings or queries. Secondly, he, or indeed us as a company are not "middle men". We operate our own safaris, our own equipment and vehicles and our own guides, chefs and workers. The camps we do utilise consist of a camp in Kafue in which we have a 5 year exclusive operators license and is only used by us, and a camp in Lower Zambezi where we take our clients along with all supplies, vehicles, guide and staff. We pick you up in Lusaka ourselves, in our own vehicles and drive you camp with our own guide and driver, prepare your meals with our own chef, take you on safari with our own guide and then bring you back to Lusaka in our own vehicle. If there is a middle man there, I'm at a loss as to where they are hiding.
We have yet to have any complaints about our operation this season, and had only one complaint last season from a keen fisherman who didnt catch many fish! I suspect you to be a rogue poster as you have copied and pasted the above comment on several other occasions, including other message boards. With your undying support for Chachacha Backpackers, now Lusaka Backpackers, I would suggest you have a specific agenda more in line with competition than actual experience. Incidently, we have no axe to grind with Lusaka Backpackers and can recommend it for those backpacking through Lusaka.
So please, Barney811, share with us your experience with Bongwe Safaris, Alec Cole and please report on what you have heard also.
For the record, Bongwe Safaris offer a genuine safari experience in two of Zambia's finest parks. Our operation runs smoothly and is growing from strength to strength. Our prices are good, and although you wont be staying in a 4 or 5 star lodge, you still get to see the same animals as everyone else, and with a fun company with fun guides and staff. There is no Jekyll & Hyde about anything. We also have an affordable guesthouse in Lusaka with a quiet bar and great pool area. Rooms start from $50 per night.