Just a wee note to say we had an absolutely brilliant time in Tanzania in July. The tented camp at lake manze is amazing – the staff are soo friendly and everything is so laid back and informal. The standard of accommodation was far higher than we anticipated having read other reviews. In terms of wildlife we saw pretty much everything except leopards.
The river lodge at Rhuaha was really nice, although I think we were spoiled first at lake manze. We really enjoyed the different scenery at Rhuaha – it felt more wild than lake manze – unsure why, perhaps because we had to look harder to see the animals.
Kilimanjaro was amazing – Roy’s safaris did a tremendous job. We had James as our guide and truely felt that we had the best guide on the hill. Both of us summitted (Christina somewhat in a healthier condition than myself!!). One serious suggestion I would like to make is regarding spare outdoor gear for the porters. Our international flights allowed 25kg whilst our internal flights allowed 15kg. As we packed light for the internal flights, this meant that we had considerable spare luggage allowance on the international leg of our trip. Had I known the lack of decent footwear and clothing available for the porters, I would have happily packed an old pair of boots, jacket and fleece for donation to the locals. For others who plan a similar trip to ourselves (southern safari and kilimanjaro) I would like to request that you enclose a small note or request/recommendation asking them to use any spare luggage allowance to pack some hiking boots – you can pick second hand ones up on ebay for a lot less than a fiver! Think what a difference this would make to a porters life. I feel we have a duty to do something………..
N Farquhar 2008