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2010

2010

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J and B Monaghan

Hi,

You asked a little while ago if we could re-submit our thoughts on the holiday arranged for us by your good selves last August. It was 1 year ago today when we started on our Tanzanian holiday:

First stop was Jongomero where we were greeted in song by all the camp staff.
‘Tent’, food, staff and game drives were all excellent.

First night there, woken to the sound of a lion roaring as he walked through the camp!! and waking up to see an elephant walking across the dry river bed 50 yards from our tent….What could be better?

Next we visited Selous Safari Camp- again everything was excellent.

Went on a walking safari and were charged by a herd of elephants (not really, there were only three!! but had increased to a herd by the time we told our story over dinner!!! )

We finished our African adventure in Zanzibar staying at Ras Nungwi. Again excellent accommodation, food and friendly attentive staff.

So thanks once again to you all

J and B Monaghan, London, 2011

K Spofforth

I was just thinking about Lake Manze last night.

1st 3 nights at Raz Nungwi on Zanzibar. Long trip across the island to get there, but very much worth it. Upgraded to our own house with private beach and swimming pool and a bottle of champers for our Honeymoon. Great food, fantastic staff, internet too. A sunset boat trip is highly recommended.

2ndImpala camp 1 night. Lovely raised tents, great food, electricity in the rooms. Rather sedate.

3rd– 1 night at Lake Manze camp. The most colonial of our places. Simple but nice tents, a lovely elephant joining us for breakfast and a fantastic communal dinner under the stars.

4th– 4 nights at Beho Beho. Not much to say really. Paradise. Truly incredible staff. Exceptional food. Ours was the room with the bath under the stars. Wild dogs on the airstrip. Missed a black rhino by 3 days. Hot springs at Tagalala. I would go back in a heartbeat…if I could afford it!.

5th– 3 nights at Raz Kutani. Awesome private flight in and private boat ride (short) there. Nice staff and good food. A nice place to relax, but always lock up as the monkeys will get in anywhere. Enjoyable, but after Beho Beho nothing can really compare.

Well worth every penny. Having booked through you guys got us a long way, everyone knew you and it was all seamless. When I go back I will not hesitate to call you first. May need to warn people they will put on about 10 kilos there. I have never eaten so much.

If you want any more info please email and I’ll write more when I have more time.

K Spofforth 2011

P Craigen – Big review

 

Dear Daniel,

Selous Safari Camp

This was our first safari experience and it was one to remember! We received a very warm welcome from Emile and all of the staff at Selous Safari Camp. A brief point on that – this camp uses mainly local people for its staff which is wonderful. It was nice that tourism benefitted the local area. The camp itself is split into two sections so it feels compact and “authentic”. The staff on the safari trips were also extremely knowledgeable. Each tent has ample space around it to give a sense of remoteness, safe in the knowledge that the staff are nearby! The tents, for want of a better word, are luxurious and are a very good size, with a nice shaded deck to sit outside. Not that we sat out there much – the lovely swimming pool area was more appealing for us in the bit of free time we had during the day between safaris. The bar area is also very comfortable and the food at the restaurant was excellent.

The safari itself was wonderful. Ok, it is a game reserve so most of the animals are more skittish than in the national parks. And there wasn’t an abundance of big cats or elephants close to the camp. But the diversity of the wildlife and types of safari made this a real experience. It is such a remote and huge location that it felt really “authentic”. We rarely saw any other jeeps on our drives so you got a real sense of just being there with the animals. Being able to choose between a game drive, a boat trip or a hike made the days feel more varied. Boat trips on the lake right outside the camp were amazing – enjoying a Tusker beer or a glass of wine just before sunset sitting in the middle of a beautiful lake surrounded by the wonderful scenery and wildlife is a real treat not to be missed. Good times.

I would highly recommend visiting this camp, however I would do so with the recommendation to also visit at least one other camp on your trip too. And make sure you’ve got a good zoom lens on your camera and pair of binoculars with you.

 

Mdonya Old River,

Mdonya Old River was a nice enough camp, definitely “rustic” but perfectly comfortable. We had an issue on our arrival day where we had no hot water for a shower and as they were fully booked we couldn’t be moved to another tent until the morning. The staff were very apologetic and did everything they could to make good on this hiccup but it did make our first evening there less enjoyable. It was quite chilly at night when we were there in July so showering in cold water wasn’t pleasant! The food at the camp isn’t wonderful, but adequate, although we had arrived from Selous Safari Camp so had been spoilt a little. My wife, being a vegetarian, found the food choice a bit limiting. Eating at a big long table instead of individual tables isn’t to everyone’s taste either. I realise this is personal preference though – no doubt some people love the communal camp-fire experience that Mdonya offers and being able to chat to their fellow travellers. We were on honeymoon so generally felt like being antisocial and this wasn’t really the place for that. It is also a tse-tse fly area which concerned me a little before going but we stocked up on Jungle Formula and the flies were only evident in a few specific locations that we drove through pretty quickly.

However the safari itself was excellent. And that’s what you are there for. The location near the river means anything and everything comes nearby. We were extremely lucky with 3 different leopard sightings in just 3 days; one of which was a hunt. More lions and elephants than I can remember, including elephants having a mud bath which was a great sight. By the third day (the sixth day of our first ever safari trip) we did get a bit tired of spending all day in the jeep though. For us, that was enough. We found the combination with Selous good – one group at Mdonya did a 3 hour drive in each direction to see some small hippos from a distance whereas at Selous Safari Camp you can see hundreds of hippo from fairly close range on a boat safari.

I would recommend this camp, but if you are going on honeymoon treat yourself to somewhere more luxurious too as part of your trip.

Echo Beach, Zanzibar

We visited Echo Beach after a safari in Tanzania and it was an excellent way to end our trip. The transfer is quite long but once we were there we felt like we had everything we wanted. We went there to relax and do very little and the destination is perfect for that. Our room was wonderful – an upper floor room with a balcony over-looking the pool, beach and the sea. The bed was very comfortable and the room is decorated with style but also in keeping with the part of the world in which you are in. The bar area was great; lively and with different tasty (and very strong!) cocktails on offer each night. Given that you are a captive audience we didn’t feel that the drinks were expensive. The pool is very nice too and although we didn’t really do very much there were diving (scuba and snorkelling) trips and excursions available. The excursions are run by a different company though and we felt were not good value for money so we didn’t indulge. I have to make special mention of the food, which was superb. Half-board was better value than full board though. The breakfast is served until quite late and dinner starts quite early so we often skipped lunch or just paid a few dollars to share a toastie or something light – a full lunch didn’t feel necessary. You wouldn’t want to spoil your appetite for the wonderful choices available at dinner time…

I would definitely recommend Echo Beach after a safari trip – in fact we did recommend it to two of our friends as part of their honeymoon so I can’t speak more highly than that.

 

P Craigen 2010

A Mayall

We’ve just realised we never thanked you for the fantastic honeymoon you organised for us in September.

We had the best two weeks of our lives and all of your recommendations were spot on. In particular, we thought Selous was just magical. So rustic and wild – so much more exciting I’m sure to be aware from most of the tourists.  Everyone at Lake Manze camp was brilliant. We even ended up having a jeep, driver and guide to ourselves most days.  We couldn’t believe that by the time we got to the camp from the airstrip we’d already seen four lions, hippos, monkeys, giraffes, crocodiles… The boat safaris there are wonderful too. And nothing quite prepares you for the reality of sipping a cup of tea in the camp and turning around to find that an elephant has casually wandered up, just metres away…

And we were lucky enough to see two separate leopards and a cheetah in Ruaha too – so well worth the trip over there.  Zanzibar was just amazing – Mchanga is paradise. It was very hard to leave!

Thanks – we would wholeheartedly recommend you to any friends looking for a trip of a lifetime to Tanzania

Best wishes,
A Mayall 2010

J Toovey

I would just like to send my thanks and best wishes to you for the help and advice provided (by Nick before he moved on) and the fantastic holiday we had this year in Beho Beho and Vamizi. Everything went according to plan in relation to transfers etc and we were well looked after. Both hotels lived up to and in some ways exceeded expectations. It took me all year to save the money for this trip but it was well worth it. If I plan a safari anytime in future Ill be back in touch.
Thanks again.

J Toovey 2010

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