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2015

2015

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Broadbent, 2015

Little Makalolo was fantastic from start to finish.

With an adrenalin stopping intermission when I went on a bush walk with two guides, so just the three of us.

Two km from the game vehicle, we watch an ostrich shoot past at full speed with a lioness hot on her tail.

After the excitement of that one thinks, uh-oh, lions hunt in a pride.

We grouped together on a low termite mound and, sure enough, fifteen lions came stalking with their sights clearly on us.

Talk about heart thumping, magical and scary all rolled into one! They were stalking and hiding in the long grass, so my photos are not so good, especially as I had a wide-angle lens on for close-up work. They got to about 10 m when I looked behind to see the lioness had missed out on the ostrich and was stalking us from the rear!

As they approached closer we separated further so they could see we were not a kudu or ostrich, and they started to settle down and lose interest. Once we knew where all the pride where, we slowly moved off in the other direction to leave them. A definite highlight and enlightening and humbling to be so close and totally in the domain of an apex predator.

This was actually Cecil’s pride too, though as you know he was sadly killed a few weeks earlier by poachers.

Great to have such quality guides in those moments! A unique experience for them too.

The lodge was one of the best I have stayed at, the team where a lot of fun and nothing was too much trouble for them.

Game viewing was of a high standard with big herds of buffalo and elephant, but also a wide variety of other wildlife. I got many great photos, especially of raptors, and a rare shot of an aardwolf.

Really everything from meeting at the airport, where I literally received VIP treatment, called forward out the queue and fast-tracked through immigration; to the flight to the lodge, accommodation, food, game viewing and departure was top quality. I left Zimbabwe with many warm memories.

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Cheers

Regards

S Broadbent

Christie, 2015

We had such a wonderful time thank you. The service at Kilindi and Siwandu was second to none. They did everything they could to make it special for us.

The location of the Baraza was lovely, however the service was very impersonal and unhelpful at times. We wanted to have supper in our room one evening and there was a tray charge, also on our last night we requested a table outside which they weren’t able to accommodate for us. They told us that housekeeping had lost the keys to our room and so had to borrow ours, which made us feel a bit nervous at night, being quite exposed on the beachfront.

We are looking to go to South America this year and so will be in touch with your colleagues!

Very best

N Christie

Jenkinson, 2015

We had an amazing holiday – everything worked like clockwork. This was our first safari, but definitely not the last. Siwandu camp was incredible, from our hosts, the fabulous food and not forgetting the animals! Mwagusi was so much better in terms of the number and variety of animals we saw – the only downside was the food, which was very basic. Our hotel in Zanzibar was outstanding and gave us a relaxing week after the full on schedule of the safari. We both agreed that this was the best holiday we have ever had and we’ve had plenty of good ones. So a big thank you to you all at Africa Odyssey!

Best wishes

G and A Jenkinson

Tennent, 2015

Thanks for your email and we are delighted to be able to say that our trip to Tafika and Old Mondoro proved to be a great success and our best safari yet.

 

At Tafika we found both John and Carol Coppinger and Brian delightful hosts and the game viewing was outstanding (the most leopards we have ever seen!) but the highlight for us has to be the Chikoko walking trails where we were lucky enough to be on our own with an outstanding guide and guard who made those four days a really memorable experience.   Both Tafika camp and the bushcamps on the walking trails were very comfortable and welcoming.  For us, it was lovely to be in a small owner run camp where you truly felt a guest rather than simply a paying customer in a “commercial” operation.  Out of 5, this has to be 5.

Having thought Tafika was the ultimate, we found that Old Mondoro even surpassed this.  Everything was perfect, from the accommodation to the charming camp manager, Ryan, who ensured that everyone had an opportunity to do whatever activity they wanted, whenever it suited.  A wonderfully small intimate camp that is very comfortable but still with a bush feel.  Basically, all incredibly well organised with outstanding and friendly guides and, as at Tafika, fantatstic game viewing (lots of leopards again).   Out of 5, this has to be 6!!

As for the future, we certainly are considering going back but this time with Remote Safaris to their North Luangwa camp followed, of course, by Old Mondoro but we will give it a year’s break.  For 2016 we are considering Burma and will certainly be looking at your Asia website.

Thanks again for Ted’s advice in organising our trip to Zambia and we may well be in touch in the future.

Best wishes

J and D Tennent

Grossman, Switzerland, 2015

HI there. Lake Manze I think I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. The camp was great, standard better than we had expected (it was simple but not THAT simple). Very clean and well kept. Everybody in the staff extremely service oriented and nice. The location at the border of the lake is beautiful and just the right place in a vast areas such as Selous where being near to the water means more animals. The no fence situation is well managed and we were not at all afraid even with a teenage son with us. The food was very good and plentiful – I am a vegetable lover and enjoyed the variety offered on veggies. The prices for drinks are absolutely ok. The manager couple are very good hosts which helped to get the conversation going at the dinner table. Shaun welcomes all guests every day whenever they come home from a trip, which is quite something -. The only criticism is that we had changing guides during our four night stay (3-4 in total) which was not optimal and we would have loved a guide who would have brought a bit more to the table in terms of introducing us to the big and small wonders on the way. This could be well addressed by more training (ENGLISH!). I have to note however that we have done quite a number of safaris so far and hence have established a certain benchmark in terms of guides. The driver was a very good spotter and helped us find a lot of nice scenes. He even tried to find the wild dogs for our son although we all knew it is hopeless, but just to give it another try – and we learned a lot out of this search process about “how to find animals”. We have already recommended the camp further and will continue to do so. It is ideal for people who put priority on game viewing and do not mind lack of luxury (although even what we had is luxury compared to residential living standards…) What we really appreciated is the early start in the morning at 6.30 for a long gameviewing tour up to 12./12.30 and again a short drive 16.30-18.30 which really gives enough time  to just sit and watch and which also enabled us to explore different habitats in the vast Selous area. We had a car for ourselves for the whole time which we felt was a great asset and advantage (we have never had this so far). It allowed us to remain with “scenes” as long as we wanted and not just checkboxing the big five –

All in all a great experience for the whole family – we will return!

S Grossmann

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