First of all, thank you very much for checking our airport transfer and changing the pick up time for earlier time in Stone Town. We came home on Friday evening.
I just wanted to tell you how wonderful time we had in Tanzania.
I am so glad you convinced me to choose Crater Lodge and The Palms. My husband was so impressed with the Crater Lodge on our first day in Tanzania, but when we got to The Palms in Zanzibar later, we soon realised it was the best place we had ever stayed!
In Morongo we loved the lodge, and all the staff we met there were very kind, helpful and knowledgeable. Although the lodge itself wasn’t as good as the Crater Lodge, the safari at the Klein’s was superb. We did all the available safari there, in the private concession area, Serengeti National Park and walking safari with Alistair the general manager of the Klein’s. The chef at the Klein’s was the best chef of all the places we stayed during this trip in Tanzania. Again people there were all so good. We had a wonderful time there.
However I must tell you that the service we received at The Palms were most exceptional. At the beginning of our stay, it was very quiet and only two out of six bungalows were occupied, so Peter, the manager treated us with “The champagne & canapé on the bed in the beach”!
The Palms was certainly the most luxurious place of all and the degree of the personal service we received was just so outstanding. We didn’t want to leave there.
Regarding the safari, we saw almost everything we wanted to see except Rhino, but we didn’t expect to see any Rhino, so no disappointment.
We saw so many cheetahs including the moment of the two brothers hunting a gazelle and succeeded, and a mother with four cubs eating their kill. We also saw lots of lions and lioness and luckily we were able to see a leopard walking round as well at the Klein’s concession area.
There was one funny incident though. When we were leaving the Klein’s for Zanzibar by Arusha, we were told that our names weren’t on the passenger list of the plane other people were boarding at the Klein’s airstrip and also told there was no other planes coming to the Klein’s airstrip on that day.
Luckily the pilot said he had enough space to take both of us on board to Arusha, however when we were approaching Aretha airport, the weather turned too bad for landing, so we were diverted to Kilimanjaro.
It was OK for the rest of the passengers, because the same plane was taking them to Zanzibar anyway, but we were supposed to change the plane from The Regional Air to Coastal Aviation at Arusha and by this time we had missed the connection. Anyway, the pilot kindly called the Coastal Aviation and informed them where we were and made some arrangement to take us to Zanzibar.
When we told this story at the Palms, they said, it’s quite common… We were so grateful that everything was so casually amended.
Anyway I would like to repeat that how truly superb the people of CC Africa lodges and The Palms were.
Also I would like to thank you for helping me to choose the right places when I was organising this trip. (My husband was so impressed with my choices!)
We had the most unforgettable holiday.
Thank you again.
D Salgado 2006