2015

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Cole, UK, 2015

Thanks for your email addressed to Julian – but as the chief holiday planner I am replying! You’ll be pleased to hear that we had a fabulous trip and everything went exactly to plan.

To summarise briefly, the two camps exceeded our expectations for different reasons. Siwandu is in a lovely location, beautifully organised, has excellent food, delightful staff and every comfort thoughtfully taken care of. Mwagusi’s location was stunning and the way the camp integrated with it’s environment was perfect. Neither camp disappointed us in any way although the food at Mwagusi was not as good ( but the dinner setting in the river bed was fun!) but we felt very relaxed and at peace there. Our guides in both places were charming and very knowledgeable.

We were amazed by all the wildlife and saw everything we hoped to see except for a leopard which eluded us despite a long search in Ruaha! Our photos and memories are brilliant!

Breezes was extremely comfortable, the food was great and it was a beautiful place to relax. We did the reef walk, snorkelled and went on the Spice Tour but sadly didn’t have time for a visit to Stonetown.

All flights thankfully went smoothly but another time I would definitely avoid the lengthy journey home (about 28 hours door to door).

We absolutely loved Tanzania (I had lived there until I was 3 years old but, of course, have no real memories) and are already planning a repeat of the safari experience, although we might consider investigating Botswana next time, just for a change.

Please give my thanks to Dave for his help and guidance in planning and booking this wonderful holiday.

Regards

S Cole

Bertram, USA, 2015

It was truly the trip of a lifetime.  It met all of our expectations and in fact exceeded them.  We wanted an atypical safari trip without a large number of people and safari vehicles everywhere and that is exactly what we experienced.  It was just the three of us all day on safari and boating trips and it was very rare to see even one other safari vehicle.  It was perfect!  Our stay in Zanzibar was equally rewarding.  All of the arrangments and accomodations were excellent and we were met and transported from every flight to our safari camps and hotels like clockwork.  Words cannot really describe our experiences on this adventure.  As a former wildlife biologist and an avid photographer it was nothing short of an dream come true and an incredible trip for me.  My wife and daughter thoroughly enjoyed it too.  It will be very hard to top this adventure.  We plan to continue taking adventure trips and are thinking about taking a trip to Borneo, the Philippines or South America.  I plan to check into you sister companies soon.

You did a great job helping us plan this adventure!  Thank you!

Sincerely,

T Bertram & family

Taylor, UK, 2015

I have been meaning to email you now that we are home, but work has taken over again 😉

We had the most incredible trip. It surpassed my expectations in every way, we got so close to the animals and all the staff we met were so friendly knowledgable and welcoming. The serian camp was great – lovely staff and our guide was the best! He went out of his way to make sure we got close to everything especially the big cats. The only minor criticism at this camp was the food – as although perfectly fine taste wise it was fully English/western food and one day they served us Yorkshire pudding!!!! We had really wanted to sample traditional African food and we were never offered this despite finding out that they made traditional food for all the Tanzanian staff so we were disappointed about that. However overall here we had a great time and it was real safari feel – the private game drives really made the difference. I would give this camp 4 out of 5 stars if had to rate it.

The second place we stayed was Bushtops. Wow what can I say!!!! This place is truly out of this world and from the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty – we felt like our honeymoon had properly started here as the place is beyond luxury! We actually loved this place so much, that having seen so much safari at the previous camp serian, we only went on one short game drive at Bushtops as wanted to relax and enjoy the environment there. I’m sure the staff thought we were mad!! But the pool, the ‘tent’ (you can’t really call it a tent but still) and the complimentary massages were divine. Bless them they even made me mojitos every day despite clearly having never heard of them!! The food here was amazing – we were offered a la carte menu and so every day we had traditional local cuisine – proper African food which was exactly what we wanted to try. We really can’t fault this place. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven!! 5 stars doesn’t even do it justice, it is the most amazing place I have ever been.

I just wanted to also thank your colleague Dave Fuller who helped organise this trip for us, over a year ago now, and before we were even engaged. He was so helpful and advised us every step of the way, even with details of what to do when our international flights were messed around with at the last minute. Found the process daunting at first as it’s such a big holiday and large amount of money to spend with so much choice of locations etc, but Dave made it seem pretty simple in the end, so please thank him.

Your company has been great and we will recommend you to others. If we can ever afford to go on safari again then we wouldn’t hesitate to use you guys again.

All our massive thanks,

C&N Taylor

Rutherford, UK, 2015

We saw all the main species (huge number of animals in total) in the Serengeti except leopard and rhino. One of the best experiences was seeing a cheetah with her 2 cubs resting under a tree then we saw her recent kill (small gazelle, not eaten at all) about 50 mtrs away which one of the cubs wandered over to try to eat, soon to be helped by the mother to break into it. We were perhaps 10 mtrs from them. Plenty of the remains of other ‘kills’ in the food chain.

2 of 3 of us who went to Selous saw a leopard plus cub on the day of arrival. There were lots of giraffe and a nice family of lions including an amorous couple, cubs and more on the way etc. Once again no rhino. Of course in Siwandu we got out on the water a couple of times, very near to crocs and saw lots of hippo but if I had to chose one location it would be the Serengeti where there were just more animals in larger numbers and of course the ‘crossings’.

Both park camps were 5 star. Kimondo, being semi mobile was a little less luxurious (bucket shower etc) but very comfortable. Siwandu was more like having a large 4 star hotel room with canvas sides and a fabulous location. Staff in both were excellent. Nice surprise in Kimondo was the sunset drinks and in Siwandu the lunch on the boat and the complementary wine from Africa Odyssey (THANK YOU). I would rate Ras Nungui 4.5 stars – the lack of sea swimming and a rather tired bathroom (in our cottage) plus a small problem with room towels causing the slight downgrade.

Thank you once again for a very memorable holiday.

Best regards,

C.Rutherford

Tettelbach, USA, 2015

Hi George,  We’re safely back from our Tanzania trip that you helped plan.  What an amazing experience that my wife and I will never forget!!!  I wanted to provide you with some feedback for your edification and use with other clients:

  1. Coastal Aviation transfers – all transfers showed up on time and were very professional.  They helped remove a lot of the stress from getting from point A to point B. (although the traffic in Dar was stressful enough!!!)
  2. Lake Manze – absolutely superb all around!  Our guide and driver were wonderful and we got to know them quite well.  Shaun and Melinda (Mellie) took over the camp management about a month ago.  They’re from South Africa and have extensive experience managing game preserve camps throughout Africa.  They are both delightful and made sure our stay was pleasant.  Dinner outdoors with twin bonfires and the Masai warriors protecting us was a wonderful experience and gave us a chance to get to know Shaun and Mellie, as well as the other guests.  The animals were sensational with elephants, baboons, and giraffes sauntering through our camp every day.  This was the perfect camp for us!
  3. Zanzibar Palace Hotel – what a great recommendation.  The property was lovely and our room was spectacular.  The food was excellent.  Yelle Kraemer took over as the manager a couple of months ago.  He’s from the Netherlands and was most pleasant and helpful.  He bought us a beer on July 4th to celebrate our Independence Day and arranged a walking tour and spice plantation tour for us.
  4. Pemba Eco-lodge – This was booked on our own, but was worth visiting.  The lodge is reached by an hour drive from the airport to a fishing village, where you’re transported by motor boat for a 20 minute ride to the lodge beach at high tide (at low tide you can’t access the lodge directly and have to walk or take an ox-cart for 15 minutes to the lodge.)  The bungalows are very spacious and are set back a bit from the beach.  Activities include reef walking, snorkeling, and kayaking.  My wife indulged in a massage and we visited the local village and were greeted by about 50-60 children all smiling and singing at the sight of us.  For those clients wishing to really get off the grid, we strongly recommend they consider a stay at Pemba eco-lodge.  The only drawback was that there was no bottled water.  We had to drink the “filtered” water and both were stricken with severe bouts of diarrhea requiring medication.  For those less adventurous clients, they may be better suited to a stay on the north shore of Zanzibar.
  5. Hotel Slipway – This was a very nice hotel.  We took advantage of their delicious breakfasts, the local shops, the on-premise ATM, and the on-premise grocery store.  The staff was very friendly and made us feel most welcome.

In summary, we plan to return to Tanzania in the future and will definitely use Africa Odyssey to plan our trip.  Many thanks for all you did to arrange a truly outstanding vacation.

Kind Regards,  – Bob

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