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