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T Stapel, Holland, 2017

Everything was great. The trip was really incredible- seeing the gorillas was of course the highlight of the trip. Something we will never forget.

The Virunga Lodge was outstanding- we loved it. Beautiful views, great staff. I liked both the Virunga Lodge and the Kyambura Gorge because although upscale they were not pretentious. I liked that it was not massive amounts of food- a bit better of healthier selections, and not overdone with courses. The food at Virunga was much better though that Kyambura. The Kyambura Lodge is seeming a bit more outdated, which for us was really fine but I do think they need to pay attention to that, as some of the common areas are falling apart a bit. But we found the staff very friendly and liked the outside areas (bigger porch) where we could just hang and play scrabble.

The Queen Elizabeth Park is not the same as the quantity of game we saw in Tanzania but we still had 2 nice drives which was enough. We did not see the chimpanzees on the trek for that- (a solid 4 hours of trekking,very challenging- I was glad for the exercise but of course disappointed that we did not see the chimps). That trek is not for people who are not in shape. And from what I have heard it is very difficult to see the chimps there (we heard this from a guy that knew the area when we got to Entebbe). We did see other monkeys though. We liked that both the Virunga and the Kyambura lodge did work with the local communities and we were happy to go to the coffee place and buy coffee and also take a local walk to see how they are protecting the animals there. We found the staff very knowledgeable at Kyambura.

I think if I were to go back- we would want to see the genocide museum- and we would maybe want to see the golden monkeys that are also in volcanoes national park. The other place that people stayed and saw gorillas was Mt. Gahinga- and that also sounded great.(although the likelihood to see them I think could be less) Rwanda is safe and if we had just stayed in the Kigali hotel we could have gotten a driver to take us there but that will have to wait for next time. We did see a bit of Entebbe which we enjoyed.

Hope that helps!
T Stapel

K Nielsen, USA, 2017

Sand River: We had the most amazing time, better than we could have ever expected! The staff was incredible (Our guide Hamza was SO knowledgeable), the food was amazing, and our room was to die for. Our stay was full of little surprises everyday. We went on this trip as a once in a lifetime thing and we are already planning to go back. 5 stars!

Ras Kutani: Our room was very nice, we had a tree house suite. We loved being up in the trees and watching the monkeys. The staff was very kind and really took the time to get to know everything there. The food was really good and we loved the different set up for dinner every night. One of our waiters (John) took us into the nearby town and it was an amazing, once in a lifetime, experience. My only complaint is that drinks were not included and we were told while there, the all inclusive option had to be purchased before arriving. 4 stars!

L Francis, UK, 2017

Our honeymoon was absolutely amazing, thank you!! Everything booked through yourselves was perfect and both properties – Zawadi and Sand Rivers 5 out of 5.

We had a flight delay of over 12 hours on the way out and then got put on a different flight with a different airline which was rather upsetting, as we missed a night we had booked and paid for ourselves in Stonetown. To top that, the airline/s (no one took responsibility) lost both our bags which never appeared until two hours after we returned home to Edinburgh, so we had no luggage throughout the trip!! On our return flight home when checking in we were advised that the flight was overbooked and they didn’t have any seats for us, however after a stand off at the check in desk, given the issues above, they eventually managed to find us two separate seats on the flight. The international flights we booked ourselves, however I think it’s safe to say that we will never ever be booking or travelling with air France, Kenya airways or Klm in the future!!

Anyway, even though we experienced the above we didn’t let it ruin our holiday – we made the most of every minute. It will be “the” holiday to beat and a trip we will cherish and remember for the rest of our lives.

Depressing to be home, but you have to come home to go away again!!

If we can recommend you we certainly will and if we are planning any trips to any of the below continents we will be sure to contact you.

Many thanks again.

Warm Regards,
L Francis

D Green, Australia, 2017

My wife Shirley and I had an absolutely amazing time – nothing went wrong at all (in fact there weren’t any rains while we were there so everything was better than we could have imagined!), we’ve returned only to rave about the camps to our friends and family!

Jongomero: 5/5. A wonderful camp – we had the pleasure of being looked after by Emiel and being the only ones in the camp we felt truly spoilt. The food here was amazing, the only criticism (and likewise with Beho Beho) was that there was too much food!

We suggested in our feedback to the camp that they setup a fitness centre for those who might be looking to do some exercise, given it’s hard to go for a walk / run in the wilderness.

Beho Beho: 5/5. We cannot fault this place. The staff are fantastic, looking after you from the moment you rise to when you go to bed. Again, we were the only ones booked in for the entire duration so we felt like gluttons having the place to ourself! The team here do a wonderful job and I now enjoy reading their blogs about their drives etc in their website. Phil and Tricia are fantastic hosts, we would definitely recommend this camp to anyone interested in doing a safari trip.

My only criticism is that by design you have a different guide each day – I enjoyed this as it was good to get a different perspective and to get to know all of the guides however some guests may not like it, especially as you have some information / facts repeated to you during your drives (this isn’t an issue, it can make you appear disinterested which we certainly were not!).

The Palms, Zanzibar: 5/5. Beautiful resort, there is no request too large or detail too small that Siriak and the team can’t handle. Lots of delicious food (so much that we were often skipping meals) and the location is perfect.

As for the trip overall, it couldn’t have been smoother, George did an excellent job planning and booking it, we’d be very likely to book again through Africa Odyssey if we were so lucky to go on another safari!

D Green.

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