An absolute gem of a holiday - if you're looking for something completely different, relaxing but exhilarating, with a really up close experience of wildlife and Africa outdoors, I couldn't recommend it highly enough. I spent most of the week dirty, sandy, sweaty, wet, insect-plagued and slightly buzzed by the hippo-dodging activity, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Getting up close and personal with a herd of elephants just metres away from us on the bank.

Lying in a tent listening to hippos munching, lions roaring and elephants snoozing.

Avoiding canoe collisions whilst remaining vigilant for grumpy hippos 'encouraging' us out of their territory.

Siestas and shallow water river baths, and then the delight of an outdoor shower treat.

What did you think of your group leader?

TK was fabulous, intuitive of the group's needs, with a quick wit, a can-do attitude and heaps of local knowledge. He and Carlos fed us very well too!

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

If you fancy the buzz of getting completely away from Westernised life and out of your comfort zone to tackle the challenges of the Zambezi River and get up close to some of the most amazing nature I've ever seen - go for it! Be aware that you will come close to large wild animals (mainly hippos in the river!) but this is part of the experience and the guides are always vigilant and close to hand. Be prepared to get hot, sweaty, sandy, dirty and meet a few insects, but it just makes the arrival of a cold beer and a shower at the end of the week a much treasured experience.