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H Bales

Dear Marc
Just dropping a line to say thank you so much for organising our holiday.  It all went very smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about a single thing as we were looked after all the way.  Our safari guide, Tesha, was excellent, very knowledgable and accommodating,  we were passionate about seeing everything not just animals, but plants, flowers, birds and insects.  We saw the big 5 plus everything else and in abundance.  Tesha encouraged us to leave at 6 every morning to miss the other cruisers and to see animals in action; we were rewarded with a leapord walking up so very close at 6.10am followed by lions with 2 cubs eating wildebeest shortly afterwards.  The landscape is amazing just like I remembered from my childhood.  Your choice of the Serena was great, the staff are wonderful and efficient and so naturally friendly, we were also in the right spot at the right time for animal spotting (we met people from Grumeti where animals were sparse and they hadn’t even spotted elephant, of which we saw 100s).  The only thing we didn’t like was the ghastly piano ‘classics’ played every evening – not authentic mood setting at all – but they’re working on this aspect.  The Ngorongoro was very special as expected, again the staff at the Serena were the best ever encountered.

On to Zanzibar to the delightful Ras Nungwi, with the beautiful beach with the most amazing clear warm sea.  (The manager (SAfrican) asked after you too).  Again, totally amazing and so relaxing.   We got to hold baby turtles at the nearby turtle tidal pool.  My husband has now found his ‘best ever’ hotel – Emerson & Green – what a magnificent experience.  Its a bit knocked around the edges but in this hotel it doesn’t seem to matter.  Dinner on the roof was divine.

My only complaint, which is my own fault, is that we didn’t stay longer in either location, I should have added a few extra days into the schedule.  We are looking forward to our next trip out there, but it’ll have to be a few years off tho.

Thanks again.

H Bales 2005

M Almeida Neves

Hi Marc,
We´ve just returned from Tanzania/Zanzibar. I would like to tank Tanzania Odyssey the excellent advice concerning the program. The acommodations and service level in ALL aspects allways exceeded our expectations. Please also extend our thanks to Roy Safaris team (Theofilo and Habib) for their professionalism and courtesy.

We will be back next year to cover the Southern parks and to dive in Zanzibar.

Best Regards!

M Almeida Neves 2005

N Armstrong


I booked Sheila’s & my honeymoon through you last year.  I meant to do two things:  (1) congratulate you on the arrangements.  Ras Kutani and Selous in particular were both excellent, and it was clear that your customers were getting particularly good treatment; but (2) ask you whether Ras Kutani was OK post-Tsunami.  I am aware there were a couple of deaths in Tanzania and Ras Kutani is very close to the beach.

I would be grateful to hear and thanks again for organising a first class trip.

N Armstrong 2005

R Underwood

I’m not sure if you have spoken with Caroline but we wanted to thank you for your assistance with organising our week at Fundu Lagoon.  The “Lagoon” was of course magnificent and Julia Bishop is obviously an excellent manager with a skill in maintaining civilisation against the odds.  The diving there was also very good and the organisation relaxed, accommodating and helpful.

The two “suites” were far more than we needed in that the boys could have bivouaced (sp?) with us but I guess that we all did a special service in testing them out and providing an impetus to get them ready.  We would certainly choose one of them again if we return.

Coastal Aviation were also excellent and all went smoothly, if in an African kind of way.  They seemed to be better than ZanAir so maybe that is why you chose them.

Beyt al Chai in Stone Town was OK but it was a Saturday night and the neighbouring open air nightclub was very loud unti 02:30.  I’d advise people not to stay there unless they sleep soundly or you know when the night club stops early.

All in all, an excellent week so thank you.  Caroline will no doubt give you a blow by blow acount if you need any further feedback.

With best wishes,

R Underwood 2005

Lucy & Chris

Hi Julian, Marc,

Thought I would just drop you a note to let you know that our trip was absolutely awesome!Without a doubt it was the best trip we have ever had, and I just wanted to thank T.O for all the expert advice and arrangement making!

The safari lodges were superb,we found it really hard to say which we preferred as we loved them both for very different reasons! If you’re after any specific feedback on lodges…

Mwagusi – The warmest welcome we have had anywhere in the world I think!
Dinner under the stars = an experience that really differentiates it. A couple of minor issues (e.g. lights not working, lack of hot water) were instantly resolved, so magnificent service

Selous – Beautiful rooms, amazing fly camp experience (you could maybe make more of this, a lot of people who were thinking of it seemed quite unsure about what it involved but it was truly wonderful!)

Mafia – beautiful place, great chef, great diving, quite windy!

The only thing I would say is that while the arrangements were totally seamless and everyone else knew exactly where we were supposed to be and with who, we could have done with a little bit more info on the itinerary (e.g. that there is a Kinasi office at Dar airport/that we would get a Kinasi plane etc – we were a bit confused when we didn’t get our Mafia tickets from Coastal!)

Anyway, that was just a small point, we would recommend T.O. to anyone, and perhaps we will even return for our real honeymoon one day!! (and yes, we did get a lot of teasing about that particular typo on the itinerary!)

Perhaps I will send you a photo of the cheetah and tiny cubs we followed for a day when we get our pics back!!

Thanks again,

Lucy & Chris 2005

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