Africa Odyssey Testimonials

S Lamont

Hi there Julian and the team icon wink   S Lamont

I meant to write earlier however time just flies once you get back from hols
Had the most fantastic, exotic, romantic, supreme time away!!!!!!!!!!
Ras Kutani was the absolute BOMB!!!!
We had the best suite room with the new fancy paint on the plunge pool!!! Was rocking!!
Matembwe was lovely but Ras kicked it’s butt so thanks for pushing the whole issue of the mainland stay!!!!

We were met everywhere on time and loved Stonetown!! The small plane flights were rocking and all in all GOOD TIMES!!!
Great place……….

Next on the list must be Madagascar!!

Anyway many thanks again for all your preparation etc…..

S Lamont 2007

J Moran

Hello Nick & Marc

We are just back a week from our trip to Tanzania / Zanzibar which you helped us plan and realise with success beyond our expectations!! We would just like to say a big “thank you” to Tanzania Odyssey for the the wonderful and seamless way that our holiday of a lifetime came true.From the moment we arrived at Dar on the 11th March to the moment we left on 23rd everything worked like clockwork. Nick, your advice was spot-on re the length of time we needed to get from A to B and the minimum time we needed to get the most out of all the activities on our ambitious itinerary.

The safari was definitely the highlight of the trip and Roy Safaris were fantastic….a truly professional organisation. Our guide, James Chitede was just amazing…..we saw all the animals (Big Five) we hoped to see and more….including a leopard, which apparently is quite rare to see in daylight. We had a cheetah sit on the pop-top roof of our jeep, something James said in ten years of being a guide had never occured to him! We intend writing directly to Roys Safaris to tell them how pleased we were with James as our guide. He was courteous, friendly, had a great sense of humour and always had our safety as a priority.

The baloon flight was teriffic, again, all organised to perfection and by then we were well ready for some R&R in Ras Nungwi…..wonderful 30th Annivarsary candlelit dinner on the beach…how romantic was that?? Beit el Chai in Stone Town was a real experience…they are now doing lunch and dinner and we recommend it highly….some of the best food we had and wonderful service.

Anyway, we are back to reality now but have wonderful memories and over 600 photos to remind us of Africa. You may have more Irish clients when we are finished making all our friends green with envy with stories of our travels! By the way, the definitive answer to the visa query is that citizens of the Irish Republic do not need a visa to enter Tanzania and we only had to pay $5 each to exit!! Also must mention, that the Tanzania / Zanzibar guide book by Annabel Skinner was our “bible” for the trip….highly recommended!

Once again, a big thank you Nick for all your help and patience way back at the planning stage from Jan onwards.

Now that we have been bitten by the “Africa bug”, I am sure you will hear from us again at sometime in the future

Kindest regards

J Moran 2007

J Sampson

Dear Tom,

I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic 10 days Frances and I have just had.  Our itinerary was perfect, the lodges truly superb and our wildlife viewing absolutely amazing.  We had a super guide, Raphael, who looked after us wonderfully from start to finish, despite such hiccups as our luggage not arriving with us from Nairobi and having to be tracked down on day 3 of our trip (in that regard, as I understand that this is not an uncommon happening it might be advisable to suggest to clients that they pack any real essentials in their hand luggage).

We have definitely repeated the unforgettable experience that my parents had on their trip and would most certainly recommend it ourselves.

Many thanks for all your assistance.

Kind regards,

J Sampson 2007

A Bamforth

Julian,

Very sorry that this reply is so late. We had a fantastic holiday and were ready to hit the ground running when we got back to work to find that a key member of our export team had resigned and so there really has not been a moment to spare with the need to interview and do the job until we have someone new.

Tanzania is a marvellous destination and it was obvious from the first time that we spoke to you that you really knew the country. We were less sure that you would really understand our needs as so many other agents had failed to listen and were more interested in fitting us into one of their standard categories than in putting together an itinerary that suited our desires. Having been there and had such a wonderful time you really did manage to find exactly what we were looking for and we are so glad that we took your advice. We met a few other guests of Tanzaniaodyssey at airfields and they had very different aspirations and itineraries and were enjoying their holidays just as much as we were.

The EMC was the most superb experience. The combination of luxury and isolation in such a remote setting was exactly what we wanted. The camp layout was perfect and the décor beyond expectations. Most evenings, Carlo the owner was our host and it is obvious that he brings his Italian perfection to everything in the camp. For the guest, it was relaxation but we know that such perfection is only achieved by the best management and a willing and interested staff. We really did not want to leave.

The safaris were excellent and seeing leopard almost became the norm. We have experienced many other safaris and therefore we were more interested in viewing the animals in our own time at close range than in ticking off as many species as possible. There was an abundance of wildlife and the riverside walking safari was just something else. The very best memory, however, is of the two hours we spent on our own with our guides watching a herd of elephants bathing in a mud wallow from a small rise so close that we felt as we could reach out and touch them.

The Selous was quite different and was a very good experience with a superb location and attentive staff. They put together a full day safari into the bush close to Beho Beho for us and we saw lion chasing a giraffe. We enjoyed the stay but it did not get our soul like the EMC. IT seemed to be more of a routine where guests were processed through the options.

The Bayte al Chai in Stone Town was the perfect place to be. Again, this was exactly the place for us. Luxurious and homely and perfectly located. We explored stone town every day and really got a feel for the local way of life. Another hotel that we found and viewed was the Zanzibar Palace Hotel run by a Belgian couple and that would also appear to be a very fine set up at the opposite end of town. Whilst we enjoyed Stone town we did not fall in love with it. Some friends of ours who also took a holiday to Kenya and Zanzibar stayed at the Serena (we went in and hated it) they loved the hotel but absolutely hated stonetown!

Thanks for a very good holiday and keep in touch.

A Bamforth 2007

D Greenwood

Dear Nick

We returned in extremely good order on Friday evening having had a really magnificent holiday in Tanzania.

I will in due course let you have a more detailed review but we did want you to know that it was a very successful trip in which we saw the big 5 even if the leopard was up a tree 500m away!!

Roy Safaris looked after us extremely well and provided comfortable Landcruisers with excellent drivers/ guides – we were very sorry to bid them farewell
as we took off from Serenora.

The accommodation was excellent with just one exception – Serena Ngorongora – which seemed to have a considerable management problem. We will be letting you have a report on this but it was the only blip in an otherwise faultless programme.

It was good to have a few days at Ras Nungwi at the end which enabled us to draw breath after our very full programme. What a terrific spot with a great team.

I will give you a ring in the next few days to catch up.

With many thanks to you from us all

Regards

D Greenwood 2007