P. Cooper UK, 2017

We had a great trip!
Re the lodges i would have to give them both 5 out of 5
Sand Rivers Selous – Great lodge in a great position , the view from our room  (no 4 ) across the river was one of the nicest we have had on safari. Lodge is very well run by Eric and Natasha , they were always visible , checking everything was ok , they were great hosts. We never had more than 4 to  our safari vehicle and rarely saw another  vehicle on our game drives , our guide Ernest was excellent. I think this lodge is a little apart from others and maybe the game is not so concentrated as around Lake manze but we saw lions , leopard and lots of other animals . The rains had just started so it was nice for us to see everything turning green . There were lots and lots of birds.
Lots of different things to do at this lodge – boat trips, hot springs , walking , driving .
Any negatives. – not really, if i,m going to be really picky then the food although of a good standard and well presented was maybe not quite up to the standard of other top lodges we have stayed at. Having said that , the private dining table option on the deck was really a nice option .
Ikuka Ruaha –  Again a great lodge in a spectacular location . The views from the room and lodge are hard to beat.  Again we never had more than 4 to our vehicle and the game viewing was very good , plenty of quality lion and leopard sightings . They hadn’t had any rain since April so the park was still very dry , but that made for good animal sightings mostly based around the dry river bed . Again our guide Lazaro was very good.  We didn’t do a walk but others who we spoke to enjoyed it and recommended it . For value for money this lodge is very good at the moment with their 3 for 2 offer .  Food and drink was top quality , very well presented and well served. The hosts Mark and Tanya were again always visible , making sure everything was ok .
Any negatives for this lodge – again only if i,m being really picky. Lisa found the room layout a bit unusual in the fact that in the evening the tents were zipped up as expected but the bathroom was outside the tent area – someone on their first safari might find this a bit daunting  , . For me whilst the lodge has a great position on a hilltop the slight negative was that the first 20 mins of the game drive there and back were spent just driving to and from the areas that had game .

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